Premier calls for accelerating political reform

08:23, August 23, 2010      

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Premier Wen Jiabao joins morning exercisers during his visit to Shenzhen on Saturday. (Xinhua)

Premier Wen Jiabao said over the weekend that reform of China's political system is necessary to sustain the nation's rapid economic growth.

"We not only have to push forward reform of the economic system, but we also have to push forward reform of the political system," Wen was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency on a trip to the southern boomtown of Shenzhen.

"If there is no guarantee of reform of the political system, then results obtained from the reform of the economic system may be lost and the goal of modernization cannot be achieved," Wen said.
Wen added it was important to "guarantee the people's democratic rights and legitimate rights and interests".

"We must resolve the problem of excessive concentration of power, create conditions that allow people to criticize and supervise the government and firmly punish corruption," Wen was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

Wen praised Shenzhen, the launch pad of late leader Deng Xiaoping’s reform package, which became a special economic zone in 1980. The premier also presented a bouquet of flowers to the statue of Deng Xiaoping in Shezhen. Deng is considered the chief architect of China's reform, who is widely revered in the country.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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