China Party Says No to Political Reform on Eve of Key Meet

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China Party Says No to Political Reform on Eve of Key Meet


[caption id="attachment_41234" align="alignright" width="300"] China's President Xi Jinping (L) looks at Premier Li Keqiang as they attend the opening ceremony of the 11th National Women's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee[/caption] Beijing - China's Communist Party gave an emphatic no to any political reform that may threaten its rule in a lengthy document published on Friday, the day before it starts a key meeting to set the economic agenda for the next decade. While party leaders have promised unprecedented reforms at the four-day closed-door plenum, these will focus on economic issues, and there have been no expectations of Western-style political reforms. In a turgid full-page article in the official People's Daily, the party's historical research institute was emphatic that Chinacould only prosper under the party's leadership. For those who "preach the indiscriminate copying of the Western system" the party will "uphold its leadership", it said. It warned, as President Xi Jinping has already done, that efforts to undermine the party's legitimacy by "negating" tragedies such as the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, which preceded landmark economic reforms begun in the late 1970s, would only sow the seeds of the party's own destruction. "The ancients had a saying: 'If you're going to destroy somebody's country, you must first wipe out their history'," the institute wrote. "From an analysis of enemy forces at home and abroad, you can see that their negation of the period before reform and opening up is to negate our party's great historical achievements ... (they are) demonizing our party so as to deny the Chinese Communist Party's position in power." The party will not stand for this, and continue on its path of "socialism with Chinese characteristics", it added, referring to its program of market-oriented economic reforms.

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