Allan Zeman: Development both domestically and internationally
Dr. Allan Zeman, GBM, GBS, JP, is the Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group, a major property owner and developer in Hong Kong's Lan Kwai Fong Area, one of Hong Kong's most popular tourist and entertainment districts. He was born into a Jewish family in Germany and raised in Canada, and he renounced his Canadian citizenship and has become a Chinese citizen in 2008.
He accepted our interview on April 19, to share his first-hand experience and thoughts on the achievements of China, led by the Communist Party of China (CPC), in the past ten years.
Dr. Allan Zeman said, "the first thing he (Chinese President Xi Jinping) did was to realize that corruption in the CPC was a very big factor that affects the CPC and China at the beginning of his term. And this was something that people, the masses resented. In the first few years, he consolidated power for himself and put a good team together, strong team together. He was the one that was able to put together a team that could really crack down and only through having strong backing with himself. Because no other leader, I think, would have been able to establish that cracking down on the endemic corruption at the time, really arresting leaders of different provinces in government, both high-level and low-level officials."
"This was never done before, no one has ever heard of it. I think at last count, maybe from the beginning up to now, about 4 million people have been arrested and prosecuted. This is a very big number. So people started looking at him (Chinese President Xi Jinping) very different - this was is a leader that really meant business; this was a leader that really showed that 'want to improve the life of the people' - and which he did."