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Hu's colloquialism delivers unambiguous message

By Wang Jiaquan and Hai Mingwei (Xinhua)

10:53, November 10, 2012

BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- A colloquial expression used by President Hu Jintao that previously bewildered translators became more explicit when he used it in a solemn political report delivered at a twice-a-decade key meeting of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Thursday.

The expression "bu zhe teng", which literally means "not to turn from side to side" or "not to do something over and over again," stirred debate among translators three years ago when Hu used it at an assembly marking the 30th anniversary of the country's reform and opening-up drive.

However, it required little interpretation when Hu used it Thursday in the context of demonstrating the Party's unswerving conviction to uphold socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Hu's report also dispelled predictions made by some China observers who were interested in the presumed removal of a late leader's philosophy from the Party's doctrine.

With an increasingly important economic and political role, the world's second largest economy and most populous country has always been a global agenda.

Observers have been busy guessing what might come out of the ongoing 18th CPC National Congress, when the CPC would chart a road map of China for the next five years or longer and elect a new leadership.

Some happenings this year, such as the scandal of Bo Xilai, a former member of the Party's leading organ, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, contributed to the uncertainty theory.

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