The rule of law is
fundamental to government, Chinese President and General Secretary of the
Communist Party of China Central Committee, Hu Jintao, said yesterday.
Under the leadership of the Party, the rule of law should let the people be
the masters of the country, Hu said.
The Party is built for the public and it exercises state power for the
people, and all its work should focus on and serve the fundamental interests of
"The government must function by the mandate of the people, empathize with
the feelings of the people, and work for the wellbeing of the people," Hu said.
Hu told a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee that
governance in a scientific and democratic way and in accordance with the law
would significantly strengthen the administrative capability and the progressive
nature of the Party.
The Party should consistently reform and improve its governance and serve the
people, while demonstrating, developing and maintaining its vanguard character.
Hu said the Party came to realize the importance of the rule of law by
deepening its knowledge of its own administration and summarizing its practice
Adherence to the rule of law showed the Party clearly perceived its historic
role and task in building a socialist society with Chinese characteristics.
"To rule in a scientific way is a premise to the success of the Party," Hu
"The Party shoulders the task of governing and rejuvenating the country. To
achieve this goal, the Party should lead the people to construct the country in
a scientific way, and endeavor to realize and protect the fundamental interests
of the people."
Hu said policy making should proceed in a scientific way and welcome more
public opinions, so that policies could be objective and conform with people's
The Party should push forward democratic governance by establishing a
democratic mechanism and a set of procedures to ensure the people are the
masters of the country.
Hu said China should ensure that people actively and innovatively participate
in election, policy-making, administration and supervision.
Democracy within the Party should also be improved to strengthen supervision
over the use of power, and ensure that power given by the people was used for