27 Sep 2019
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg recently claimed in an interview with PBSs Firing Line host Margaret Hoover that Chinese Communist Party chairman Xi Jinping is not a dictator and argued the countrys so-called environmental policies demonstrate the communist leader answers to a constituency.
MARGARET HOOVER: The United States currently accounts for 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. China accounts for 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. How do we, even if we get to zero, how do you get India, China, and the other countries to be good partners.
MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: China is doing a lot. Yes, theyre still building a bunch of coal-fired power plants
HOOVER: And theyre still burning coal.
BLOOMBERG: Yes they are. But, they are now moving plants away from the cities. The Communist Party wants to stay in power in China and they listen to the public. When the public says I cant breathe the air, Xi Jinping is not a dictator. He has to satisfy his constituents, or hes not going to survive.
HOOVER: Hes not a dictator?
BLOOMBERG: No, he has a constituency to answer to.
HOOVER: He doesnt have a vote, he doesnt have a democracy. Hes not held accountable by voters. Is the check on him just a revolution?
BLOOMBERG: Youre not going to have a revolution. No government survives without the will of the majority of its people. He has to deliver services. The Chinese Communist Party looks at Russia and they look for where the communist party is and they dont find it anymore and they dont want that to happen.