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Making proper amendments to Constitution is necessary: Peoples’ Daily Online commentary

(People's Daily Online)    17:56, February 26, 2018

The Communist Party of China and the nation have undergone many important and profound changes for more than a decade since 2004 when the Constitution was amended. Especially since the 18th CPC National Congress, the Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core has lead the Chinese people of all ethnic groups to unswervingly uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics, promote the overall plan for all-round economic, political, cultural, social and ecological progress and coordinated development for the Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy, push forward the great new project of Party building, form a series of new concepts, thoughts and strategies in the governance of China, push for historical achievements and reforms for the development of the Party and nation, and furthermore usher in a new era for socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Standing at a new starting point in history, the 19th CPC National Congress made a great strategic decision for upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, set the guiding role of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, put forward a series of major political conclusions, set a new goal and played a significant guiding role in the development of the Party and nation.

Since the foundation of the People’s Republic of China, the Constitution has had an important status and role in governing the country, especially in the recent forty years of reform and opening up. General Secretary Xi Jinping has stressed many times since the 18th CPC National Congress, that to uphold the rule of law we must adhere to Constitution-based governance first. The Constitution is the fundamental and highest law of the country. Proper amendments to the Constitution need to be taken into consideration so as to better play the role of the Constitution in upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era and fully advancing law-based governance.

Proper amendment of the Constitution aims to better express the will of the people, embody the advantages of socialism with Chinese characteristics and meet the demands of modernizing the national governance system and governance capacity. It’s necessary and timely to include important theories, philosophies, strategies and policies adopted at the 19th CPC National Congress, and the new achievements, experience and requirements of the Party and nation development, into the country’s fundamental law, including the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, turning China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful, realizing national rejuvenation, setting the leadership of the Party as the defining feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics, revising the term limits for the Chinese President and Vice-President, and furthermore deepening the supervisory system reform.

The proposed amendments are of profound significance to fully implementing the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress and the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, deepening the law-based and Constitution-based governance, upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics on the track of rule of law, and extensively mobilizing and organizing the people of all ethnic groups to strive for great victory of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

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