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Socialist democracy to illuminate China's future (2)

By Liao Wengen, Song Wei, Peng Bo, Zhang Yang, He Yong (People's Daily)

08:18, March 13, 2012

Most people hoped that the threshold of individual income tax, which was 3,000 yuan in the original draft, should be raised. The Standing Committee of the NPC finally passed the individual income tax amendment, raising threshold from 3,000 yuan to 3,500 yuan and reducing the first-level tax rate from 5 percent to 3 percent.

It is a microcosm of the development of the Chinese democracy. Today, the masses can participate in all the public decision-making, management and affairs that are closely related to their vital interests. More and more ordinary citizens begin to influence the public decision-making and management through a variety of ways including discussion panels, hearings and open advice-seeking meetings.

The direct election of members of the village committees in every three years has come true to hundreds of millions of farmers. Wu Zaiju, deputy to the National People's Congress and party branch secretary of Kaihe village, Zhongling township, Xiushan county in Chongqing, said that in addition to the democratic elections of the village cadres, all the works of their village committee which are related to the interests of villagers are done democratically, including choosing the low income households, ditching and constructing roads.

Since the first half of 2011, the general election successively began across the country. More than two million deputies of the NPC above the county and township levels had been directly chosen out by hundreds of millions of voters, including more than 2,000 county-level positions and over 30,000 township-level positions.

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