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Rule of law crucial to China's stability, prosperity


08:18, December 05, 2012

BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Thirty years after China adopted the current version of its Constitution, the country is dedicated to promoting law-based governance in an all-around way.

Notable achievements have been made in building China into a socialist country based on the rule of law, guided by the general principles enshrined in the Constitution and various laws.

China says that its socialist system of laws with Chinese characteristics had been established by 2010 and that solving problems through legal means has become the consensus of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the people.

By the end of August 2011, the Chinese legislature had enacted 240 effective laws, including the current Constitution, 706 administrative regulations and over 8,600 local regulations.

Nonetheless, violations of laws and the lax enforcement of laws have occurred occasionally.

Powerful officials abuse their authority and have trodden on laws that have been followed by the majority of citizens. Officials are obsessed with rule by man, which was practiced in China for thousands of years and runs contrary to the rule of law.

In recent years, the downfall of multiple high-ranking officials implicated in corruption scandals has sparked widespread public concern over China's progress concerning the rule of law. The Bo Xilai case has led the public to question whether individual officials can be restrained by the law when they become too powerful.

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