Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Independent of what?

The headline says one thing. Later paragraphs say another. Which takes priority?

Xi asks party organs to support independent judicial system
President Xi Jinping ordered party departments on Tuesday to support judges and prosecutors to exercise their duties independently.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks in a written instruction on political and legal work…

Party committees at all levels should set an example of abiding by the law, he wrote.

They should enable law enforcement agencies and judicial departments to work independently according to the Constitution and laws and "create a favorable environment" for them to do so, he wrote.

Meanwhile, the President noted that party committees should improve their leadership in judicial affairs, appointing qualified officials to take the lead, raise their political awareness and ensure their integrity.

Officials in law enforcement agencies and judicial departments should be loyal to the Party, to the state and the people, he wrote…

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