China to advance political infrastructure according to social realities: vice FM (2)

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So, many Western politicians may develop just about any view on China without the need to be judged by a well-informed public, even less the judgment of the Chinese public, she added.

Fu said the deficit in understanding was probably the key issue. First, one should always keep in mind that China is a country with 1.3 billion people. Among the population 140 million are students in schools and universities, with more than 20 million new job seekers every year, including 6 million college graduates. The number of China's disabled is as high as more than 80 million. The country is quickly urbanizing and yet half of its population is still rural.

She said that in other countries where per capita income is 10 times or more than in China, such concerns as medical care and education are no longer in the sight of human right activists, but in China, it remains a major human right concern to provide for many of these basic needs.

Second, Fu said, to understand China one needs to put China's reform in the right perspective.

"I still remember the political debate in Chinese newspapers three decades ago and the reform steps that followed, including delegating power to lower levels and developing a sound system of the rule of law. Of the 233 laws now in effect in China, over 200 were made or amended in the last three decades," she said.

"China now is a very lively society. There are 400 million internet users, the largest in the world, including 200 million bloggers. At least 4 million new blog posts or comments appear every single day, many of them making criticisms and suggestions for reform, in addition to the 900 newspapers and 2,000 magazines which often focus on policy issues," she said.

She said "China's reform is not short of healthy debates. There is every reason to believe that our country will continue to progress into an even better society."

The Chinese vice foreign minister said that in the 21st century the consensus is growing about the world not to be torn apart again by ideological, racial or any other differences.

"Should we succeed in building a partnership based on mutual respect and tolerance in meeting common challenges, we may be able to turn the 21st century into one to be remembered as a century of cooperation and partnership, which will be the first in the human history," she said.

The first WPC was launched and organized by French Institute of International Relations (IRRI) in October 2008 in Evian, France. The WPC held annually has become an important political and economic forums in the world.

Participants at the 2010 WPC discussed such major topics as "Implications for Governance of Climate Problems," "Population and Health," "Economic and Financial Governance," "Governance of Cyberspace" and "G20 and Its Future."

Source: Xinhua
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