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China's 2020 blueprint to ripple through world (4)

By Cheng Yunjie and Wang Zichen (Xinhua)

08:41, November 12, 2012

By 2020, the country's carbon dioxide emission per unit of gross domestic product will drop by 40 percent to 50 percent from the 2005 level.

"From the blueprint outlined in the report delivered by Hu Jintao at the congress, people can see the perseverance of the CPC in pressing ahead with reforms to achieve the goal," said Zhang.

William Ratliff, a fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, said China's incoming leadership needs to recall Deng Xiaoping's pragmatism to clarify conditions today that even Deng could not have fully imagined. They must also dictate new reforms to deal with those conditions.

He said that would mean a broad restructuring of China's political and economic ideas and institutions. It will need to liberate people's minds to innovate, and expand options for policies dealing with whatever proves to be the domestic and global challenges of the future.

If commands from the Party leaders decrease and a broader cross-section of individuals and groups are consulted in analyzing, formulating and implementing policies, those challenges will be met more productively, he said.

China watcher Robert Kuhn from the United States said China must stage sustainable reform across a abroad spectrum. Too rapid reform will cause disruption, he said.

"Times of great change can be very unsettling and no one in China or the world would benefit from the country returning to chaos," said William Ratliff.

He said domestic liberation and increasingly constructive involvement in global political and economic affairs will enhance China's relations with the world.

What may bring incoming Chinese leaders credit from the world involves a demonstration of sound environmental practices, the universality of such essentially Confucian ideas as harmonious existence, group orientation, public-spiritedness and distributive justice, he noted.

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