China: We won't abandon socialism

2012-03-09 14:57

Beijing - China's government vowed on Friday that it will not deviate from its socialist path, defending anew its authoritarian system and saying Western capitalist political systems are not suitable for China.

China's top legislator, Wu Bangguo, said in a report delivered to the annual National People's Congress that China needs to keep to the socialist path and understand the differences between its political system and those of Western capitalist countries.

As China has grown more powerful and rich in recent years, it has strongly rejected any criticism of its policies and suggestions that the economic changes would bring about any lessening of power for the ruling Communist Party.

Wu, the second most powerful person in the party, said the socialist system with Chinese characteristics "is the fundamental institutional guarantee for the development and progress of contemporary China, and we must cherish it even more and adhere to it for a long time to come".

He said that China needs to understand the "essential differences" between its systems and "Western capitalist countries' systems of political power".

"To manage China's affairs well, we need to stay grounded in its realities, rely on the strength of the Chinese people, and follow a development path suited to China's conditions," he said.

Double-digit growth

Wu also reiterated goals laid out by Premier Wen Jiabao at the opening of the 10-day congress on Monday - that the government must rebalance the economy by increasing domestic demand, especially consumer demand, and boosting investment in science and technology while promoting energy conservation and the cutting of emissions.

Even though China's economy has grown at a double-digit pace for years, the government is now grappling with a slowing economy and rising public demands for greater fairness. Officials have also been slow to tackle entrenched interests, particularly the powerful state enterprises that dominate the economy.

The World Bank and outside economists said recently that such a restructuring is needed if China wants to rise from a middle-income to a rich country.

Wu said that legislative work this year would also focus on social and cultural areas. On the social front, legislative committees will discuss drafts of the mental health law, the law on insurance for military personnel and the draft amendment to the Civil Procedure Law, among others.

He said 2012 is an important year because of a once-every-five-year party congress in October that will oversee the change of most of the ruling party bosses.

  • Fidel - 2012-03-09 17:05

    The Chinese seem to be pragmatists. Doing what works rather than according to any set ideology. Humanity faces a choice, socialism or barbarism, as Rosa Luxemburg correctly stated. More importantly, we must revisit the historical aspects of "democracy" and what it means.

      Fred - 2012-03-09 17:13

      Well this is more consistency from you Fidel. You're still touting an ideology that has long been debunked by EVERY country on Earth, including China notwithstanding what Wu Banggua says, barring Cuba.

      Fidel - 2012-03-09 17:24

      No you are wrong, I am a Socialist Democrat, and I'll be the first to tell you that democracy is not working also in India.

      Anthony - 2012-03-09 18:31

      Well unfortunatelly we can't all be smart like you, cause there is NO SINGLE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, where radical policies you propagate have been voted in by its people. As a matter of fact, the governments you admire, are of countries, where the population has NO SAY WHATSOEVER. It are countries run by DICTATORS, TYRANTS and MURDERERS Even here in SA, where one would imagine, through its history and it inequalities in living standards, there would be a breeding ground for your HATRED AND RACISM, But you would not get a 2 procent of the vote. Not that this would bother you, because you will do as any supporter of DICTATORS will do; ignore the population, as they are soo dumb, ignorant and uneducated ........................................ ( Well they certainly will not know your $ 50 words !!!!!!! ) What I am trying to say, in plain simple English, so that YOU can understand what I say; YOU TALK SUCH UNBELIEVABLE BS !!!!!!!

      Gerhard - 2012-03-09 19:01

      The philosophies of Karl Marx have killed more than 200 million people world wide.

      Fidel - 2012-03-09 20:04

      @century Which policies do I propagate? @Gerhad Who said anything about Karl Marx? Democracy turned out to be one of the greatest death tools of our times. A weapon to invade others under the pretexst of "feedom".

      Fidel - 2012-03-09 21:09

      Scandinavia and England before thatcher.

      Fred - 2012-03-10 00:21

      Fidel, you believe the unarmed Syrian civilians are provoking the Assad regime into killing them. I think you have a different meaning to Social Democracy than the norm. This doesn't come into any progressive model.

      Fidel - 2012-03-10 03:21

      Frank, I am not talking about political parties but the policies that elected governments undertake in those countries, whichever party wins an election. The same applied to England until the tories adopted Thatcherite Reaganism.

  • Oso - 2012-03-09 20:41

    What a laugh. Modern China is one of the most ideologically capitalist places on earth. This is a country with no social security, where residents have to bribe firemen to put out a fire and pay the police for protection, where hospitals take cash only. where you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up and they say "rich", and money basically makes you God. Deng Xiaoping rejected socialism 30 years ago. The average Chinese doesn't even know what socialism IS. they're about as dumb as Americans.

      Fred - 2012-03-10 00:22

      You had me interested until the last sentence. That is about as dumb a thought as anyone can possibly have, such is it generalization and bigotry.

  • curtiswelliem - 2012-03-10 16:25

    As if you are socialist. China?

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