Beijing warns of chaos if path is wrong

The country’s top legislator on Thursday warned of a possible “abyss of internal disorder” if China strays from the “correct political orientation”.

China will never adopt a multiparty revolving-door system or other Western-style political models, Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, said while delivering a work report.

The establishment of a socialist law system, with Chinese characteristics, institutionally and legally ensures the country stays on the right path, he told about 3,000 NPC deputies.

“On the basis of China’s conditions, we’ve made a solemn declaration that we’ll not employ a system of multiple parties holding office in rotation,” he said.

Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, walks to the podium to deliver a work report of the top legislature in the Great Hall of the
People in Beijing on Thursday.[Photo/China Daily]

He ruled out the possibility of separating executive, legislative and judicial powers, adopting a bicameral or federal system, and said privatization was not under consideration.

“Following our own path and building socialism with Chinese characteristics is … the only correct road to development and progress for our country,” Wu said.

“If we waver (from the correct political orientation and major issues of principle, such as the fundamental system of the State), the achievements gained thus far in development will be lost and it is possible the country could sink into the abyss of internal disorder,” he said.

So far, China has enacted 239 laws, over 690 administrative regulations and more than 8,600 local statutes, covering every area of economic, political, cultural, social and ecological development.

Wu said the formation of such a system has generally solved the problem of having laws for people to follow, and more efforts will be made to revise and improve existing laws, enact rules of implementation, and ensure better enforcement.

Wu also made it clear that while China wants to improve its legal system, it will “never blindly follow or imitate others”.

“Different countries have different systems of laws, and we do not copy the systems of laws of certain Western countries,” he said.

NPC deputies spoke highly of Wu’s remarks.

“China’s existing political system is based on our own conditions and can thus better ensure stability,” said Han Yuchen, a deputy from Handan in Hebei province.

“Such a system shows its merits particularly when the country faces emergencies and disasters, such as the 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Sichuan in 2008.”

Han said the Chinese people have greatly benefited from social and economic development over the past decades thanks to the stable political system.

“Although there’re some social problems existing, the leadership is making great efforts to address them. I don’t think the riots that recently occurred in some other countries will happen in China,” he said.

Wang Dongzhou, a deputy from Chengdu in Sichuan province, said the recent chaotic situation in Libya and Egypt once again demonstrates that internal disorder will ruin the fruits of years, or even decades, of social and economic development.

“The establishment of a socialist law system has laid the foundation for the rule of law in China and institutionally ensures the right direction for the country,” he said. “We must follow it to prevent any disorder.”

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