CPC key session to further political restructuring

Updated: 2013-11-04 19:25


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BEIJING - With many expecting China's ruling party to kick off more intensive and tougher reforms at a key meeting this week, political analysts believed that the gathering will push forward the country's political restructuring.

The upcoming Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, scheduled between Nov 9 and 12 in Beijing, is expected to study how to comprehensively deepen reforms and roll out a comprehensive reform package.

The reform package will concern economic, political, cultural and social systems, as well as those on ecological progress and the institutional construction of the CPC.

Comprehensive reform

Calling political restructuring "an important part" of China's comprehensive reform, Yan Shuhan, a professor with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, said the country's political restructuring should be advanced according to national conditions.

"Only through incorporating political restructuring into economic restructuring, can political structural reform in China achieve historic success," he said.

Indeed, putting political system reform in an important position in the overall reform and development agenda has summarized the experiences drawn from China's reform and opening-up in the past 30-odd years.

Since the Third Plenary Session of the 11th CPC Central Committee 35 years ago, political restructuring of China has been strengthening along with the progress of China's economic restructuring.

China has successfully created the path of political development with Chinese characteristics. It has eliminated de facto life tenure for leading officials, and realized orderly succession of state leaders.

As late leader Deng Xiaoping, the chief designer of China's reform and opening-up strategy, put it, "the success of China's reform lies in its political restructuring."

The Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee has the potential to be a landmark event, if it charts out a plan of China's political restructuring so as to propel the world's second-largest economy on a more sustainable growth path, analysts said.

In addition, the political restructuring to be mapped out in the meeting will also play an important role in steering China's reform into a historic turning point, for transferring China's growth pattern and helping realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.

At present, China needs further reform in difficult areas and the leadership has compared the difficulty to "storming a fortification." Owing to the combination of various complicated factors at home and abroad, the difficulty and workload in resolving contradictions and problems in the fresh round of reform is unprecedented.

"China's next round of reform should put more emphasis than before on the features of systematicness and coordination, including in the political aspect, in terms of the top-hierarchy design and the comprehensive reform plan," said Dai Yanjun, another professor with the Party School of CPC Central Committee.

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