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Right path for Chinese Communist Party

Publication Date : 29-10-2012


As the significant 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) draws closer in the one party-rule China, the media and public ponder the right path for its new leadership to head.

Among the changes they want to see are the bridging of the yawning gap between the rich and poor, eradication of corruption, judiciary and political reforms and transformation to a innovation and technology-driven economic development model.

The congress, to be held in Beijing on November 8, will see 2,270 party delegates elect a new team of leaders for the CCP Central Committee, CCP Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and CCP Central Committee Alternate Members.

Then, the CCP Central Committee will decide on the lineups of the all-important Central Politburo Standing Committee and the Central Military Commission as well as the general secretary who will then become the next president in March next year.

All the elected party members will serve for a term of five years and replace the old guards who have served a maximum of two terms.

As such, there will be new blood in the politburo and Chinese President Hu Jintao will be replaced by a new head, possibly his deputy Xi Jinping.

A Netizen from Zhengzhou in Henan province said that it was now high time for the party to rid corruption once and for all since the 14th National Congress of the CCP first adopted the resolution to combat the menace as its top priority.

“All of us must remember what Chairman Mao (Zedong) once said of corruption: ‘Do not take any small amount of properties from the masses’,” another Netizen from Liaocheng in Shandong province posted on a forum.

A resident by the moniker “Honest Man” said every Chinese citizen was already used to the life under the influence of the imperial power of the politicians.

“It will be an uphill task to achieve our target of having an independent judiciary system because this involves the interest of the leaders. So, this will merely be a slogan,” he said.

In its editorial, Caixin Century magazine said the first white paper on the judiciary reform stated clearly that China must ensure the independence of its People’s Court and People’s Procuratorate in exercising their judicial and prosecuting power.

“The judiciary system is the last line of defence of a just society. The most important thing for the judiciary to do is to win the trust of the people through its just and fair judgment.

“But this line of defence has often been broken through in China. Under the influence of centuries-old imperial rule plus the delayed judiciary reforms, our ideals of the rule of law have faded. We have got used to comments like: the procuratorate simply closes its eyes and let the party’s committee decide on who to arrest,” it said.

The magazine highlighted that the arrest and prosecution of influential politicians like former Politburo member and Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai and ex-Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun were a major breakthrough for judiciary reforms.

China Daily readers hoped that China would continue to ensure peace and stability key to further economic growth in the region.

“I would like to see the capitalist phase of communism start to cool down as the industrial base is now firmly in place.

“It’s time for harvest, increase state-owned enterprises by nationalising more industries and increase tax on the rich and use the money to provide for national healthcare and social security,” a reader posted on the English-medium newspaper’s website.

Another reader said that he would like to see China become the world’s biggest economy and its next CCP leadership uphold strongly communist internationalism.

Others hoped that the party officials at both the central and village levels would be more transparent and make public their salaries and that more power should be given to tax officers and an equivalent body to Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption to address bribery.

“Get rid of China’s dangerous and outdated one-child policy! China needs two billion Chinese to run the country’s industry.

“More of less the same: continued peace and prosperity. And no need for a VPN (virtual private network) in China,” they concluded in reference to China’s firewall for access to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and other sensitive websites.


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