Date
17 August 2017
The 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China will hold its fourth plenary session in Beijing in October. Photo: Bloomberg
The 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China will hold its fourth plenary session in Beijing in October. Photo: Bloomberg

Rule of law tops agenda at CPC plenum in October

The rule of law will be on top of the agenda when the fourth plenary session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is held in Beijing in October, Beijing News reported on Wednesday.

At a meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping as CPC general secretary on Tuesday, the politburo said the fourth plenary session will highlight the importance of laws in the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The ruling party recognizes that China is at the initial stage of socialism and facing daunting challenges and tasks, making the rule of law indispensable in modernizing society and enhancing its systems and capabilities.

Xi has been citing the importance of promoting the rule of law in the country in several of his speeches since the first plenary session in late 2012. He said the government should do its best to make the public feel that the country’s justice system is fair and works for the benefit of the masses.

Meanwhile, the politburo said at the meeting that economic growth was kept at a reasonable level in the first half of the year and indicators showed that the country is on track to meet its growth target for the year. It also said the government should work hard in the second half  to balance reforms and stable growth.

Xi said the domestic economy is facing difficulties that may lead to lower growth and higher risks. He urged the government to be well prepared so it could make accurate decisions and respond to challenges both at home and abroad.

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