Promote progress with social consensus

Updated: 2013-12-04 20:14

By Li Yang (

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For political systems to be workable and efficient the social consensus must be incorporated and public fortitude encouraged in times of difficulties, said an article in People’s Daily (excerpts below).

Protests on the streets of Bangkok highlight entrenched differences in society there.

The dilemma facing Thailand is not unique. It is similar to the unrest in North Africa and the Middle East as well as, in some respects, increasing confrontation among various parties in Europe and the United States.

The absence of social consensus aggravates the chaos, which weakens the government’s abilities.

Change is a characteristic of the times and a key test for nation’s competitiveness. However, changes do not happen easily.

Thus, the government must have a strong ability to foster a solid social consensus to pave the way.

Governments must take advantage of a favorable situation to promote reforms and progress.