Date
22 November 2017
A paramilitary soldier stands guard in Tiananmen Square. Beijing's push for rule of law is not resonating with certain officials. Photo: AFP
A paramilitary soldier stands guard in Tiananmen Square. Beijing's push for rule of law is not resonating with certain officials. Photo: AFP

Xi ‘rule of law’ push faces resistance

President Xi Jinping is facing resistance from certain officials in his efforts to promote rule of law.

The officials are opposed to multiple legal procedures in resolving issues, Wen Wei Po, a Hong Kong-based pro-Beijing newspaper, reported Thursday, citing state news agency Xinhua.

They complain that they face frequent problems in handling urgent demands by citizens, saying a cumbersome process could lead to social unrest.

However, sources said under rule of law, these officials fear loss of power more than unrest, according to the report.

China’s complex legal system has been blamed for widespread corruption.

Xi stressed rule of law during the recent party plenum, a new plank in his widening campaign to fight graft and promote clean governance.

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