China to advance political infrastructure according to social realities: vice FM

17:00, October 18, 2010      

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China, with a rich political and cultural heritage over the millennia, will "advance its own political infrastructure based on its social realities, through consistent reforms," Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying said on Sunday.

Fu told the Third World Policy Conference (WPC) in the city of Marrakech that China will also advance its political infrastructure by drawing from the successful experiences around the world, not the least from the west.

She said China is well aware that its development is by no means perfect, and it feels the pinch of urgency for furthering all-around reform.

More than 150 leaders and experts and scholars including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, government senior officials and CEOs of world's brand-name enterprises attended the WPC which was held in Marrakech, Morocco, from Friday to Sunday.

In her speech entitled "Take China as Your Partner," Fu told the WPC that when China's second quarter GDP figure came out early this year, the world media started calling China the No.2 economy (E2) in the world.

She said though quarterly GDP normally is not a sufficient basis for economic analysis, it did not stop many from talking about a rising China and its significance to the world with high expectation.

However, she said, a survey conducted by The Global Times, a popular newspaper in China, showed that 78 percent of those who responded insisted that China was still a developing country.

More interestingly, when asked about E2, many Chinese thought it was a plot to big up China, the Chinese vice foreign minister said.

Fu said comments and expectations made by the media in some developed countries, including many newspapers in the United States, always swing from one extreme to the other, back and forth.

One day they said China is expected to save the world, the next China is said to have caused all the troubles, she noted.

In spite of the sacred principle of freedom of speech, western media have little interest in informing their public of the views from China and the discussions among the Chinese public are seldom known among the western public, she said.

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