facebook
twitter
search
search

Beijing says 'no' to Western politics

Nov. 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM

BEIJING, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said during an address to the Communist Party that a socialist political system must endure in the country.

The Chinese Communist Party Congress is convening for its quinquennial meeting to determine the new leadership in a country ruled under a single-party system since 1949.

Hu said the party should appoint officials on merit, professional competence and those who enjoy popular support.

In his report to the congress, Hu said the new leadership should "play to the strength" of a socialist political system.

"We will never copy a Western political system," he was quoted by the official Xinhua news agency as saying.

He said reform, however, is an important part of China's political structure, calling on Communist leaders to pay closer attention to the voice of the people. The socialist path, however, would allow the country to advance "with Chinese characteristics," he said.

This year's 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will see a once-in-a-decade change in the leadership of the world's second-largest economy.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Topics: Hu Jintao
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kurds plan to carve state out of Iraq after fighting stops, leaders say
Kentucky clerk sued for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses
Van hauling fireworks catches fire on I-15 near California-Nevada border
Sean 'Diddy' Combs avoids felony rap for attacking UCLA coach
Police arrest N.C. soldier with assault rifle headed to mall photo shoot