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Jiang: Socialist Democracy is an Important Objective
( 2002-09-09 13:52) (China Daily)

Promoting socialist democratic politics is an important objective of China's socialist modernization drive, Jiang Zemin, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), said in Beijing Friday.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, Jiang said while continuing to adhere to the Four Cardinal Principles, reform of the political system must continue to be pushed forward actively and appropriately in line with requirements of economic and social developments.

He said an important objective of this reform is to develop socialist democracy with Chinese characteristics, which will help to consolidate today's democratic, united, dynamic, stable and harmonious political atmosphere.

He said in pushing forward reform of the political system, China must proceed from its own conditions and unswervingly stick to its own political road.

He pointed out that what China needs is socialist democratic politics with Chinese characteristics. And China will never copy the Western political systems.

The Four Cardinal Principles mentioned in Jiang's speech are: adherence to the socialist road, the people's democratic dictatorship, Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought, and the leading role of the Communist Party of China.

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