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White paper on political democracy (full text)
Updated: 2005-10-19 11:01

The State Council Information Office published on Wednesday, October 19, 2005, a white paper entitled Building of Political Democracy in China. The document, composed of 10 chapters, gives a detailed account of the inception, development, contents and principles of the country's political democracy. This is the first time for the Chinese government to issue a white paper on the political democracy. The full text of the white paper follows:

Building of Political Democracy in China

I. A Choice Suited to China's Conditions
II. The CPC Led the People to Become Masters of the State
III. The People's Congress System
IV. The System of Multi-Party Cooperation and Political Consultation Under the Leadership of the CPC
V. The System of Ethnic Regional Autonomy
VI. Grassroots Democracy in Urban and Rural Areas
VII. Respecting and Safeguarding Human Rights
VIII. The Democratic Rule by the Communist Party of China
IX. Government Democracy
X. Judicial Democracy


Democracy is an outcome of the development of political civilization of mankind. It is also the common desire of people all over the world. Democracy of a country is generated internally, not imposed by external forces.

In the course of their modern history, the Chinese people have waged unrelenting struggles and made arduous explorations in order to win their democratic rights. But only under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) did they really win the right to be masters of the state. The Chinese people dearly cherish and resolutely protect their hard-earned democratic achievements.

Because situations differ from one country to another, the paths the people of different countries take to win and develop democracy are different. Based on the specific conditions of China, the CPC and the Chinese people first engaged in a New Democratic Revolution, and after New China was founded in 1949, and proceeding from the actual situation of the primary stage of socialism, began to practice socialist democracy with its own characteristics. The experience over the past few decades has proved that embarking on this road of development of political democracy chosen by the Chinese people themselves not only realized the Chinese people's demand to be masters of their own country, but is also gradually realizing their common ideal to build their country into a strong and modern socialist country.

Socialist democracy with Chinese characteristics is being constantly improved and developed. Since China adopted the reform and opening-up policies at the end of the 1970s, while making efforts to steadily deepen the reform of its economic system, the country has unswervingly pushed forward reforms of its political system. China's democratic system has been continuously improved, and the forms of democracy are becoming more varied. The people are exercising fully their right to be masters of the state. The building of political democracy with Chinese characteristics is progressing with the times, exhibiting great vigor and vitality.
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