Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Uphold Constitution - Xi Jinping - CP General Secretary

Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist party has made a strong statment in support of rule of law - adherence to legal norm.  It is important to be clear what this means.  It doe s not mean tolerance of  agitation to replace the Communist Party as the leading force in society. - GWC
Uphold Constitution, Xi says|Politics| 'via Blog this'

We must firmly establish, throughout society, the authority of the Constitution and the law and allow the overwhelming masses to fully believe in the law," Xi said.
"To fully implement the Constitution needs to be the sole task and the basic work in building a socialist nation ruled by law."
The current version of China's Constitution, passed in 1982, is more rights-oriented than previous versions, Xi said.
To accommodate the broad changes that have taken place in China's social and economic spheres, the Constitution was amended four times — in 1988, 1993, 1999 and 2004.
Notable amendments include those that emphasize the rule of law, the protection of human rights and the protection of citizens' private property.
Xi said although the Constitution is generally suitable for the country, its implementation is flawed in the some ways.
He said the supervising system that ensures the Constitution is carried out is not well established, and occasional dereliction of duty has dented the authority of the country's judicial system. Violations of laws and the lax enforcement of laws have also occasionally occurred.
"No organization or individual has the privilege to overstep the Constitution and the law, and any violation of the Constitution and the law must be investigated," he said
"We must establish mechanisms to restrain and supervise power. Power must be made responsible and must be supervised," he said.

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