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CPC asserts primacy in ensuring “rule of law” in China
October 23, 2014, 3:03 pm

Chinese leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli attend the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing, capital of China [Xinhua]

Chinese leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli attend the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing, capital of China [Xinhua]

A four-day plenary meet of the Central Committee of China’s ruling party has reiterated the primacy of China’s Communist Party in upholding “the rule of law” in the world’s second largest economy, although a statement said official interference in the judiciary would be limited.

The 18th CPC Central Committee members discussed how to “comprehensively advance the rule of law” in socialist China at the fourth plenary session that ended on Thursday in Beijing.

“China will promote transparency of government affairs. A mechanism will be set up to record officials who interfere in judicial cases and name them publicly to hold them accountable,” said an official communiqué issued at the close of session attended by 205 Communist Party members.

Chinese leaders have vowed to achieve a set of judicial transparency goals by 2020 and ensuring “independence and fairness in courts”, part of the landmark reforms unveiled by the CPC in December 2013.

The drive to promote the rule of law needs the CPC’s leadership while the CPC’s rule depends on the rule of law, said the statement on Thursday adding that the body would promote the participation of China’s 1.3 billion plus population in the lawmaking process.

“Only if the CPC rules the country in line with the law, will people’s rights as the master of the nation be realized and the state and social affairs be handled in line with law,” the statement said.

The focus of the plenary meet was also on the Chinese President’s crackdown on corruption, with the CPC announcing three new members to fill the vacancies of the Central Committee following the dismissal of six former members from the Party on corruption charges.

 

TBP and Agencies

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