China is spreading prosperity in Africa where the West failed, a Chinese bank official said on Thursday in a sharp rebuke to critics of his country's growing role in the world's poorest continent.
Li Ruogu, president of China's State-owned Export-Import Bank, a key funder of China's push into Africa, said roads and radios were more urgent needs for Africans than human rights and freedom, and that China was delivering such concrete benefits.
Opening a pivotal Party congress that is seen as a major test of his political strength, Hu outlined policies intended to make China more prosperous and stable by raising incomes and improving the Party's hold on a fast-changing society.
The spate of directives is aimed at raising living standard of ordinary people. It is testament to the determination of the Communist Party that the right way of governance is to serve the people, rely on them, share the fruits of growth with them, solve problems that plague them and guarantee their rights. It is not only for the benefit of the public, but also for the ruling party. Every smile and every scowl will be closely associated with the stability of the world's largest ruling party.
China Press USA
Although still a small part of the total 73 million cadres, business owners are flexing their muscles, with nearly 75,000 entrepreneurs officially on local and national committees and assemblies, including the national legislature. Their influence helped kick-start approval this year of a law guaranteeing private property rights that had been 13 torturous years in the making, experts say.
The Times of India
(China Daily 10/20/2007 page2)