Xi calls on leaders to carry out new reforms

Updated: 2014-02-18 02:05

By Lou Liqiang (China Daily)

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President Xi Jinping told provincial and ministerial-level cadres on Monday to have confidence in China's government system while pushing forward the reforms unveiled at November's top Party conference.

In the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee, held in November, the Party passed a series of reform plans, including changes to the country's political and judicial systems.

Xi made his remarks during the opening ceremony of a workshop that includes top provincial and ministerial-level officials, who will have an important role in the promotion and implementation of the reforms. The workshop will concentrate on the spirit of the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee and how to promote and deepen the reforms.

"Our governance system and capacity is generally good and suitable to the national conditions and development requirements of the country, but it still needs to be improved, and we should make more of an effort to improve our ability to govern the country,' Xi said at the ceremony.

Xi said the current governance system in China is a result of the country's development on the basis of its historical and cultural traditions and its social and economic development.

"Without solid confidence in our system, we cannot have the motivation to comprehensively deepen the reforms, and without continuous reforms, we cannot be completely confident in our system,' Xi said.

"It's only the first step to draft a good document in the 'Long March'. The key is to put the document into practice,' he added.

The comprehensive reform is based on the country's overall interests, fundamental interests and long-term interests, and choosing reform based on personal preferences should be avoided, Xi said.

"We should be determined to continue the reform, as long as it is good for the cause of the Party and the people, for the general public and the stability and prosperity of the Party and the country,' Xi said.