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    5 Oct 2010 列印 E-mail

    Category

       Constitutional Development

    Issue

    • Premier Wen vows to press for political reform

    News Content

    • In an interview on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Global Public Space program, Premier Wen envisions his political reforms in China, to which critics may argue it is a push for rule of law with Chinese characteristic.
    • Wen said a political party, after becoming the ruling party, should act according to the constitution and law. ‘I have summed up my political ideals into the following four sentences, to let everyone lead a happy life with dignity, to let everyone feel safe and secure, to let the society be one with equity and justice and to let everyone have confidence in the future.’
    • Even on the road for such a narrow concept of rule of law, Wen admits it is never an easy path in China, and he is committed to press for its realization. He said: ‘I will not fall in spite of the strong wind and harsh rain, and I will not yield until the last day of my life.’
    • But he is optimistic that the next generation of Chinese leaders will do a better job than the current leadership in pushing for the political change. And ‘it is the people and the strength of the people who determine the future of the country and history. The wish and will of the people are not stoppable. Those who go along with the trend will thrive on those who go against the trend will fail.’

    Questions

    • Wen’s vision of political reform may be conservative, as it does not highlight the importance of human rights and freedom in his political ideals. But it does go beyond the concept of rule by law, as it highlights the importance of justice.
    • Wen’s remark is important, as it is his seven attempts in the last 40 days that touches on the thorny issue of the political reform in China. Although critics responded it cynically, urged him to put words into deeds, it may help kicking off the forbidden debate.
    • The debate is highly sensitive as the Chinese Communist Party is preparing its annual plenum of Central Committee members. Starting on October 15, the four-day meeting has far-reaching implications for the direction of the mainland's economic growth and its political leadership in the coming years.