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Chinese president: People's democracy is life of socialism

01-17-2011 15:00 BJT Special Report:Chinese President Hu Jintao Visits US |

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- People's democracy is the life of socialism and China is committed to the development of socialist democracy, Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Monday.

"Without democracy, there can be no socialist modernization," Hu said in a written interview with reporters from both Wall Street Journal and Washington Post before his upcoming state visit to the United States, due to start Tuesday.

"To develop socialist democracy is a goal we have always been committed to," Hu said.

China's reform is a comprehensive one, covering economic, political, cultural and social restructuring, according to the Chinese leader.

In the past 30-plus years since reform and opening-up, notable progress has been made in China's political restructuring, Hu said.

The fact that China has enjoyed sustained, rapid economic growth and social stability and harmony proves that China's political system fits China's national conditions and meets the requirement of overall economic and social development, he said.

"Political restructuring must deepen in the course of economic and social development and meet people's growing enthusiasm for participating in political affairs," he said.

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