Groups help point the way to change, re­form

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chief of China’s top dis­ci­plinary watchdog, heads a cen­tral in­spec­tion lead­ing group. China’s ide­o­log­i­cal chief, Liu Yun­shan, heads a cen­tral pub­lic­ity lead­ing group.

Wu Hui, a pro­fes­sor at the Party School of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the CPC, said de­part­ments and lo­cal gov­ern­ments are not strong enough to push for­ward the re­form pro­pos­als — the coun­try’s bold­est in more than three decades.

Some de­part­ments and lo­cal gov­ern­ments — the usual lead­ing forces of re­form — tend to max­i­mize their own in­ter­ests in the name of re­form, he said.

The group for that sec­tor would help to break the shack­les of vested in­ter­ests, said Wu, adding that the es­tab­lish­ment of dif­fer­ent groups usu­ally oc­curred grad­u­ally ac­cord­ing to the re­form’s progress.

Mao Shou­long, a pro­fes­sor of public gov­er­nance at Ren­min Univer­sity of China, said these groups have gone be­yond is­sues of re­form to cover more ar­eas. With such ex­pan­sion, the es­tab­lish­ment and op­er­a­tion of the groups should be fur­ther reg­u­lated in the long run, in­clud­ing their ini­ti­a­tion, func­tions and staff po­si­tions, Mao said.

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