Reformers Speak Out

Criticism of the government is now accepted if it fits in line with Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang's desire for a larger private economy and smashing corruption.

Reuters: Beijing support emboldens critics among China's businessmen
"We don't have equal business opportunities," said Zheng Jianjiang, chairman of AUX Group Co, an air conditioner and home appliance maker that employs more than 20,000 workers nationwide.

"Whenever there is a big cake, the state-owned enterprises eat the whole thing. We can hardly take a bite."

Liu Yonghao, founder of agribusiness giant New Hope Group, has also been grumbling aloud.

"Lots of firms have gone belly up very quickly because they can't get money from banks nor help from the government," he told Reuters last month.

...Last month Wu Hai, the 46 year-old founder of Crystal Orange Hotel Group, caused an internet sensation when he posted an open letter to Premier Li on Weibo chiding government for handicapping the private sector with red tape.

"Companies are servants who never dare to fight back, while 'public servants' are masters," Wu said. He also took a swing at what he called the "special tax" of official corruption, which is the target of a high-profile campaign by President Xi Jinping.

"All of us in the hotel industry are afraid of three holidays: Mid-Autumn Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, and Spring Festival, because that's time for us to pay the 'special tax'."

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