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Qiushi: Deepening Reform Must Include the Party’s Absolute Leadership

Qiushi published an article promoting deepening the reform and even expanding it from economics to the political arena, to culture, and to the social system. However, the article stated that two parts comprise the overall goal of the reform: "Improving and developing the Socialist Path with Chinese Characteristics, and advancing the national governance systems and governance modernization." The first part sets the fundamental direction.

It includes things such as "One Center and Two Basic Points" (economic development was the central focus; it should occur through 1) centralized political control – i.e., the Four Cardinal Principles [the socialist road, the people’s democratic dictatorship, the leading role of the Party, and Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong thought] – and 2) economic reforms and opening up). It also includes the socialist market economy, keeping public ownership for the majority of the economy, the People’s congress system, multi-party cooperation, and the political consultation system under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Marxist leadership, and the CCP’s absolute leadership over the military. Not only can these not be changed, but they should also be enhanced.

"We must improve our political determination and must not make subversive errors on fundamental issues."

Source: Qiushi Online, Mary 15, 2015