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Senior Chinese leader urges public' s complaints be properly addressed

07-17-2010 08:33 BJT

BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Senior Chinese Leader Zhou Yongkang urged governments at all levels to address people's complaints and protect their immediate interests during a meeting here on Friday to review handling of the public's petitions.

Zhou Yongkang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of the China Central Committee, speaks at a meeting to urge governments at all levels to address people's complaints and protect their immediate interests in Beijing, capital of China, on July 16, 2010. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)
Zhou Yongkang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the
Communist Party of the China Central Committee, speaks at a meeting to urge
governments at all levels to address people's complaints and protect their
immediate interests in Beijing, capital of China, on July 16, 2010.
(Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

The State Bureau for Letters and Calls, an authority dealing with petitions, reported on its work during the first half of this year at the meeting.

Zhou, who is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of the China Central Committee, recognized that the number of complaint letters, collective petitions and massive conflicts has decreased.

However, Zhou said China was still going through a phase when various social conflicts surfaced, in particular conflicts sparked by land takeovers in the countryside, apartments being demolished in urban areas, labor disputes, and other problems.

Zhou urged governments at all levels to address root causes of these social conflicts and avoiding pursuing economic growth at the expense of extensive consumption of land and resources, which might harm people's interests.

Zhou also urged investing more in social development, such as education, health care, housing, social security and other programs to improve people's standards of living.

Zhou urged eliminating any extravagant projects that waste taxpayers' money, and preventing any violations of laws in land appropriations and the demolishing of apartments.

Further, Zhou called for more efforts to handle labor disputes and asked governments at all levels to push enterprises to heed employees' appropriate demands.

Zhou also urged cadres to be patient with petitioners, and to encourage petitioners to settle disputes through lawful channels.

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