Vigorous, steady efforts urged to advance political structural reform

15:48, October 27, 2010      

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People's Daily, the leading and most influential national newspaper in China, Wednesday calls for vigorous yet steady efforts to advance its political restructuring in a lengthy, front-page commentary signed by Zheng Qingyuan, and its detailed excerpts read as follows:

What kind of political system a nation should choose and what road it should take depends on the will of the overwhelming majority of its people as well as the specific national conditions and historical and cultural backgrounds.

Since the birth of new China more than 60 years ago, the Chinese people have already got a clear, unequivocal answer to the question on what political road they should take, and this road has definitely complied with the trend of the times and their own aspirations.

"Great impetus will be given to economic restructuring, while vigorous yet steady efforts should be made to promote political restructuring," notes the communiqué issued by the fifth plenary session of the 17th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held in mid October.

Developing socialist democratic politics is an unswerving objective of the CPC in the last 30-plus years, and China's political restructuring, as an important component part of the all-round reform, has kept deepening along with the in-depth economic and social development, with the in-depth rise of the people's enthusiasm for political involvement and with the change of the times.

Recalling the process of the three-decade reform and opening-up, it is not hard to witness that the pace of political reform in China has never ceased along the political development road of socialism with Chinese characteristics. People have carried out, according to law, the democratic election, democratic decision-making, democratic management and democratic supervision, so as to guarantee the people's right to information, participation, expression and supervision, adherence to scientific governance, democratic governance, governance in line with law, to promote of more scientific and democratic decision-making, and to arouse and organize people to govern state affairs in accordance with law.

Late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping cited the three key indicators to appraise a county's political system: whether its political situation is stable, whether the system can enhance the unity of its citizens and improve their livelihood, and whether the country's productivity can be improved substantially. This famous thesis of Deng's brings to light the dialectical relationship between the superstructure and the economic basis. Since the founding of new China in 1949 and particularly in the past 30-year reform and opening up, a historic change that occurred in China has given an eloquent proof that the socialist political system conforms to its national conditions and so it has very strong vitality.

At such critical junctures, such as the anti-flooding campaign in 1998, an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale that hit Wenchuan, western China in May 2008, in the global financial crisis, and during ceremonial global happy events, including the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing and the ongoing 2010 Shanghai World Expo,… it is precisely the superiority of the socialist system and the powerful force of unity among the people of all ethnicities that have filled the people with the confidence to cope with challenges from natural calamities and a grim impact of economic crisis and stand the test of political turmoil and to hold a variety of major international events with flying colors.

Even some Western scholars do not negate this point. So it can be said that the political development road of socialism with Chinese characteristics and its political outcome have provided the crucial experience for the political development and political civilization of the humankind. Some people, however, deem that China's three-decade reform and opening-up has made outstanding achievements while the nation's political restructuring has lagged behind, and this view is not only contrary to the objective law but in disconformity with the reality.

Of course, the socialist democratic politics is a process for continuous development and improvement. So, the socialist political civilization cannot be achieved overnight; there is still a need to go on reforming and improving, as insufficiencies and drawbacks remain.

After the three-decade reform and exploration, China's political system has accumulated a lot of valuable experience. The core of these experiences is adherence to the correct political orientation. Only by keeping to the correct political orientation, can China ensure the attainment of objectives for the political restructuring and provide a strong political guarantee for the nation's prosperity and long-term stability.

In keeping to the correct political orientation and pushing forward the politic restructuring, it is imperative to unswervingly adhering to Party leadership, to the socialist system, to the political development road of socialism with Chinese characteristics and to the gradual progress and solid advancement.

Going China's own way – This is the truth the Chinese nation has come to recognize via its repeated trials and vicissitudes and also the guidelines for future development, further growth in strength and maturity. Only by seizing the historic opportunity firmly, upholding the correct political orientation, pressing ahead the nation's political restructuring vigorously yet steadily, and developing the socialist democratic politics with a growing vitality, can people in China have full confidence and capability to build a strong, prosperous, democratic and harmonious modernized socialist country with a high degree of civilization along the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

By People's Daily Online


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