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China vows never to adopt a Western political model

CHINA will never copy the political system of Western countries, top legislator Wu Bangguo said in Beijing yesterday.

He called on lawmakers to maintain the "correct political orientation," with the leadership of the Communist Party of China as the core.

"We must draw on the achievements of all cultures, including their political achievements, but we will never simply copy the Western model," said Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, in a work report to the annual NPC session.

China had adopted a system of multiparty cooperation and political consultation under the leadership of the CPC, not a Western-style multiparty system that enables different parties to come to power through elections, Wu pointed out. As the ruling party, the CPC is at the core of the country's leadership, while other parties are participants.

The People's Congress exercises state power in a unified way, and the government, the people's court and the people's prosecutors are responsible to the People's Congress and subject to its oversight. The arrangement is different from the Western model, in which there is a separation of power among the major branches of government.

Wu's remarks were viewed as a response to those who advocate that a Western-style multiparty system should be introduced in China and that a system featuring the separation of powers and a two-chamber parliament should be created in the socialist country.

"Now we have the opportunity to see how the Western democracy runs on Internet and TV," said NPC deputy Zhang Liansheng, who is also the Party chief of a village in Fujian Province. "To my fellow villagers' astonishment, they saw foreign parliament members always quarreling and sometimes fist-fighting. We all do not want to see this situation in China."

Dai Zhongchuan, deputy dean of the Law School at Huaqiao University and an NPC deputy, said every country should adopt a system that suits its national conditions.

One of the political advantages of the socialist political system is that it can amass resources to accomplish large undertakings, Dai said, such as disaster relief in last year's devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province and the success in the Beijing Olympics.


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