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Part 2: Premier Wen on political reform

03-14-2012 21:40 BJT

Premier Wen said, "I know very well that the reform will not be an easy one. It won’t be able to succeed without the consciousness, support, enthusiasm and creativity of our people. To conduct such a big reform in our huge country with 1.3 billion people, we must always bear in mind China’s national circumstances and develop our socialist democracy in a gradual manner."

Q1. Creating an alternative to Western-style democracies has been at the core of China’s political reform. But let’s admit it, a democracy does not necessarily guarantee economic success, as we can see from many countries in Latin America. So what do you think of the Chinese model of democracy?

Q2: Do you think the European debt crisis has cast a shadow over democracy? And are Western democratic values being undermined? Let’s face it, Greece has been forced into deep spending cuts and reforms by private and institutional creditors from outside the country... There’s nothing very democratic in that.

Q3. China’s top legislator, Wu Bangguo, reaffirmed that China would not deviate from the socialist path. The past three decades have witnessed the country’s change from a postwar communist society to a new form of governance and development, never seen before in modern history. By comparison with the western-style parliamentary system, what are China’s advantages and disadvantages?

Q4. When we look at how the European Union works, from an outsider’s perspective, it seems very inefficient and fragile. Would you agree that more political power and unity, a bit like in China, would seriously help your region weather the storm it is facing today?

Q5. China’s top legislative body is considering slashing the number of government workers among NPC deputies, giving more seats to farmers and workers. What’s your take on this?

Q6. Grassroots democracy is gaining ground in rural areas, home to nearly 70% of the country’s population. Currently, villagers from more than 800-thousand villages can elect those they want to manage village affairs. How do you view this development?

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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