Smooth power transition ensures stability: Chinese daily

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 16, 2012 05:10 hrs

Beijing, Nov 16 (IANS) A smooth power transition coupled with diversification at the grassroots level ensures the nation's stability and vigour, said a state−run daily Friday, a day after Xi Jinping was anointed the new leader of the country.

An article in the Global Times said the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has successfully realised the country's leadership transition.

Xi was elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission.

"Since the abolishment of the life−tenure of Party leaders starting from the Deng Xiaoping era, China has witnessed three power transitions. The regular term limits and smoother handovers of power show that overall the leadership transitions have become more institutionalized," said the daily.

The article observed that marks key political progress in China since reform and opening−up.

"The regular leadership transitions have helped China achieve the soft landing as part of its democratic process. China has avoided some disastrous consequences as seen in some other developing countries as a result of implanting a Western system," it added.

The daily stressed that the new standing committee members of the Political Bureau are experienced and senior politicians.

"The roster tallies closely with speculation seen at both home and abroad. This shows a respect for public opinion."

It noted that public opinion will "wield more and more influence over China's politics and the party is increasing its capacity to react to this trend. Therefore, a more vigorous reform could be expected".

The daily went on to say that good institutions cannot be designed and created from scratch but come about as a result of continuous practice.

"It is obvious that China doesn't have a perfect system.

"But given the country's current pace of development, it is an arbitrary judgment to assert a Western system would suit China better. Society will not accept this idea."

The article added: "A smooth power transition at the top, coupled with real diversification at the grassroots level, ensures the nation's stability and vigor. In between, there are abundant opportunities for the society to create innovation and strive for equality."

The National Congress, the daily said, has "instilled a strong sense of certainty into Chinese politics".

"...This new certainty of Chinese politics incorporates stability, and the determination to tackle various issues of the country. It is a show of strength."

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