21.12.1988: HU JINTAO--A GLANCE AT HIS CHARACTER



C O N F I D E N T I A L GUANGZHOU 08077

BEIJING PLEASE PASS CHENGDU

E.O. 12356: DECL:OADR

TAGS: PINR, PGOV, CH

SUBJECT: HU JINTAO--A GLANCE AT HIS CHARACTER

1. CONFIDENTIAL-ENTIRE TEXT.

2. DURING A RECENT CALL ON THE CONSUL GENERAL,

U.S. POLITICAL SCIENTIST [TEXT REMOVED BY AFTENPOSTEN] RECOUNTED

A CONVERSATION HE HAD RECENTLY HAD ABOUT HU

JINTAO. IN TRAVELLING BACK FROM HAINAN TO

GUANGZHOU HE WAS SEATED NEXT TO AN

ENTREPRENEUR FROM GUIZHOU. [TEXT REMOVED BY AFTENPOSTEN]

ASKED WHAT HE

THOUGHT OF HU JINTAO, WHO HAD BEEN THE

PARTY SECRETARY IN GUIZHOU BEFORE BEING NAMED

TO TIBET. THE ENTREPRENEUR SAID THAT HE

THOUGHT THAT HU HAD TWO SIGNIFICANT FAILINGS

WHICH MADE IT DOUBTFUL HE COULD SUCCEED IN

TIBET. FIRST, HU HAD NO CLOSE RELATIONSHIP

WITH THE MILITARY. SECOND, HE WAS A CAUTIOUS,

VACILLATING LEADER. AS AN ILLUSTRATION OF HU´S

TIMIDITY, THE ENTREPRENEUR SAID THAT DURING ONE

OF HIS TRIPS HE HAD WORKED OUT A PROJECT WHICH

WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN THE EXPANSION OF GUIZHOU´S

EXPORTS. HE SENT A COPY OF HIS SUGGESTION TO

HU WHO SAID THAT IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA

AND HE SHOULD SUGGEST THAT THE APPROPRIATE

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IMPLEMENT IT. WHEN THE

ENTREPRENEUR TRIED TO DO SO, THERE WAS THE USUAL

BUREAUCRATIC OPPOSITION FROM VARIOUS OFFICES, AND

IN THE END NOTHING WAS DONE. HE COMMENTED THAT

HU WAS PREPARED TO MOVE ONLY IF EVERYONE AGREED

WITH SOMETHING; HE WAS NOT PREPARED TO TACKLE

OPPOSITION. GIVEN THE SITUATION IN TIBET,

HU WILL BE FACING MANY DIFFERENCES AND WILL

GET LITTLE DONE IF HE IS NOT PREPARED TO EXERT

HIMSELF.

3. COMMENT. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY HEARSAY

INFORMATION, BUT WE BELIEVE THAT [TEXT REMOVED BY AFTENPOSTEN] ACCURATELY

RECOUNTED WHAT THE GUIZHOU ENTREPRENEUR TOLD HIM.

THE REMARKS SEEM SOMEWHAT OVERLY FRANK FOR SUCH

A PERSON TO MAKE TO AN UNKNOWN [TEXT REMOVED BY AFTENPOSTEN],

BUT THEY MAY REFLECT WHAT SOME CHINESE ARE

SAYING TO EACH OTHER ABOUT HU.

PRATT



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