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Xi's speech underlines commitment to reform


08:03, July 29, 2013

BEIJING, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Experts have lauded comments by Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this week as reinforcing the leadership's commitment to reform.

China must deepen reforms in major areas with "ever more political courage and wisdom" to surmount the institutional barriers that restrain growth, Xi stressed, while highlighting the need for a healthy economy to achieve the goals set during the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Xi, who is also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks during a tour of central China's Hubei Province from July 21 to 23.

He underlined five crucial relations in deepening reform: keeping an open mind and seeking truth; overall advancement and key breakthroughs; top planning and basic exploration; bold innovation with a steady foundation; as well as balance within reform, growth and stability.

"China must break the barriers from entrenched interest groups to further free up social productivity and invigorate creativity," Xi said. "There is no way out if we stay still or head backward."

Analysts believe that Xi's speech showed strong signals of leaders wanting to explore solutions to the arduous tasks facing the country's development.

"The reform prospect determines the growth prospect amid the current complicated development circumstances," said Kuang Xianming, director of economic research with the China Institute for Reform and Development.

Kuang predicted that a series of practical measures to deepen reform will be brought out in the coming plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee.

"Xi urged deepened reform as well as the need to deal properly with risks and obstacles in boosting reform," said Zhang Yansheng, a researcher with the National Development and Reform Commission.

Wang Xiaoguang, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Governance, regarded the president's statement of the five relations as an innovative representation of the country's systematic planning of reform.

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