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Chinese Premier Calls for Political Reform

RIA Novosti

18:20 14/03/2012

MOSOW, March 14 (RIA Novosti) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Wednesday that China needs structural political reform to tackle income disparity, corruption and lack of credibility, Xinhua reported.

"I'm fully aware that to resolve these problems, we must press ahead with both economic structural reforms and political structural reforms, in particular reforms on the leadership system of the Party and the country," he said without naming any specific tasks.

The premier added that reform was an “urgent task” for China and is needed to avert another “Cultural Revolution,” the decade of political upheaval, which led to deaths and persecution of millions in 1966-1976.

"Now reforms in China have come to a critical stage," Wen said. “Without a successful political reform, it's impossible for China to fully institute economic reform and the gains we have made in these areas may be lost, and new problems that popped up in the Chinese society will not be fundamentally resolved, and such historical tragedies as the Cultural Revolution may happen again in China.”

Wen, who has entered the final year of his ten-year term, said he had repeatedly raised the issue on various occasions, and his interest in the subject comes from "a strong sense of responsibility."



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