Expansion of democracy key priority: Chinese Prez
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 15, 2011, 00:25
Beijing: Premier Wen Jiabao on Wednesday listed "expansion" of democracy as the "most important and challenging priority" for China but did not specify any time frame to bring about political reforms in the Communist nation.

Wen specified running the country according to law, promoting social fairness and justice, safeguarding judicial justice, ensuring people's democratic rights and combating corruption as the five tasks that must be undertaken in order to promote political reforms.

"Of the five tasks, the most important and challenging ones are to expand democracy, promote social fairness and justice and fight against corruption," Wen said at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2011, which is being held in northeast China's port city of Dalian.

"By doing so, disadvantaged groups will receive help and our people will feel secure and look to the country's future with confidence," he said in response to a question raised by World Economic Forum Chairman Klaus Schwab, according to official news agency Xinhua.

Wen who is scheduled to retire next year along with President Hu Jintao to pave way for new leadership of the ruling Communist Party of China, (CPC) is regarded as an advocate of political reforms but had little support in the party.

CPC has monopolised political power in China since the country was founded in 1949.

He spoke of his wish to bring about political reforms in the recent past but his government has not initiated any firm steps in that direction.


First Published: Thursday, September 15, 2011, 00:25

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