CPC governance poses no contradiction to rule of law

Source:Global Times Published: 2014-10-30 23:13:01

Chinese society has shown its approval of the ruling party's decision to boost the rule of law. However, many mainstream media outlets from the West have not hesitated to pour scorn on the key document released after the Fourth Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC). In their opinion, it is a paradox that the rule of law and the CPC's leadership can be combined. They state that the power of the CPC is above the authority of the law. Such remarks are evidence that the West still harbors a deep-rooted prejudice toward the Chinese political system, imagining that China can be purged of the rule of the Communist Party.

Inciting society to go against the CPC has been the major task of the West's propaganda against China. Recent calls for Western "constitutionalism" in China's public discourse are a reflection of this propaganda. The fourth plenum has injected unprecedented impetus into the advancement of the rule of law, but what the West cares about is not the rule of law, but whether the leadership of the CPC can be swayed or not.

Ideological discrepancies contribute a large part to the West's prejudice against China, but another factor is becoming a major reason. China's rise proves the governing capability of the ruling party, which has managed to deal with many problems that the West is incapable of. This capability constitutes China's prominent competitiveness, making the West feel pressured.

Western elites know that China finding its own path of development while learning advanced experiences from the West is the essence of managing this super-large society. They are well aware that China will fail if it copies the West exactly. But they play cunning tricks by putting bizarre and negative labels on China.

China won't surrender to pressure from the West, and it will have more resources to defend itself from these impacts. But we have to realize that such a battle won't die down easily, and it will run through China's entire course of modernization.

Chinese mainstream society should cultivate all-out capabilities to resist ideological attacks from the West. So far, voices from China's public discourse and academia cannot effectively strike back in the face of rounds of these attacks. These voices need to be reinforced.

The rule of the CPC was decided by history and the Chinese people. This basic truth must be reviewed in China's new generations. The challenges ahead are a test of the achievements of China comprehensively deepening its reform.

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