Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Will deeds follow words?

Once again, the words from the Chinese political elite sound great. Do they or will they match reality?

Xi Jinping stresses judicial independence
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has called for efforts to ensure judicial and procuratorial organs exercise the judicial and procuratorial authority independently, fairly and in accordance with the law.

Xi, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, also called for scientific legislation, strict law enforcement and judicial justice…

He called on judicial officials to keep in close touch with the public, improve judicial transparency, and live up to the people's expectations for judicial fairness and transparency…

Supervision over law enforcement should be strengthened, with any illegal interference to law enforcement eliminated, local and departmental protectionism prevented, and corruption penalized, Xi noted…

A socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics, with the Constitution as the "commander" has taken shape in the country, and on the whole, there are laws to follow in every respect of society, Xi noted…

Additionally, Xi stressed CPC organizations at all levels should act in accordance with the Constitution and laws.

As the ruling party, the CPC should insist on governing by law, which is of great significance to promoting the rule of law in an all-around way, Xi said…

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