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CCP’s New Political Reform Direction: No Western Ways

On October 26, 2010, Xinhua published a high-profile article titled “Steadily and Actively Push Forward Political Reform following the Correct Political Direction.” People’s Daily Online posted it on October 27. It was the lead article on both People’s Daily Online and Xinhua for an extended period. Xinhua later published another article, on October 30, to explain that the article first published on the 26th was of the highest priority. The author’s name is a pseudonym, but represents the Politburo of the CCP. The purpose of the article is to clarify ideology to all CCP members.

The article set the direction for political system reform in China. It explained that the “correct political direction” means “unswervingly adhering to the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.” “When we promote political restructuring (or political reform), we must stick to our own way. We must not copy the Western political system model. We will not allow multi-party elections and will not have a separation of powers among three state entities.”

Xinhua, October 26, 2010 and October 30, 2010