Re­form group says vested in­ter­ests to be chal­lenged

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A top-level re­form group headed by President Xi Jin­ping has likened the coun­try’s re­form drive to a “revo­lu­tion” which chal­lenges vested in­ter­ests, while call­ing for real ac­tion to keep it go­ing.

“Re­form is a revo­lu­tion that aims to rec­tify the sys­tem and chal­lenge vested in­ter­ests. There is no way to do it other than us­ing real swords and spears,” said a state­ment re­leased af­ter a meet­ing of the Lead­ing Group for Over­all Re­form, us­ing the Chi­nese idiom that un­der­scores the im­por­tance of the task. Xi presided over the meet­ing on Mon­day.

In the state­ment, lo­cal com­mit­tees of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) at all lev­els are urged to fo­cus on the ma­jor ob­struc­tions to re­form, which are hold­ing back lo­cal devel­op­ment and are closely re­lated to the peo­ple’s im­me­di­ate in­ter­ests.

The state­ment called for pre­cise and in­no­va­tive mea­sures based on de­tailed re­search and care­ful eval­u­a­tion, stress­ing that “of­fi­cials daring to re­form should be pro­moted”.

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