And staying within China…
Hundreds of top leaders from the Communist Party have opened a key meeting in Beijing.
Paul, authorities there announced earlier that the main theme for this meeting would
be “the rule of law”. What can we expect from this significant political
event? Well, the meeting, known as the 4th Plenum,
kicked off today… and as you said the country′s legal system is expected to be under intense
scrutiny. Experts are looking for judicial as well as
economic reforms… that will guide Chinese society in the coming years.
Our Sohn Jung-in has more. This is the fourth plenum since Chinese President
Xi Jinping took office. Elite members of the Chinese Communist Party
begin a four-day policy-setting meeting in Beijing on Monday, seeking to establish a
platform for judicial and other reforms. Unlike previous meetings where the items on
the agenda centered on issues related to the country′s economy, this will be the first
time that the party will focus on the rule of law.
This is key to realizing Beijing′s goal of promoting the modernization of China′s
governing system and capabilities. It is also expected to institutionalize Xi
Jinping′s long drive to tackle corruption by introducing a new ′anti-corruption office′.
The fate of former national security chief Zhou Yongkang, the first member of the party′s
Politburo Standing Committee to be detained for corruption, will also be a key development
to watch during the meeting. There′s speculation the leadership will
make an example of him to show its determination to implement the rule of law.
All eyes are also on what kind of measures the plenum come up with to deal with the ongoing
unrest in Hong Kong. “The protests may be drawn out for a long
time and turn more bloody, so the Chinese government needs to figure out some countermeasures.
” Other items to be discussed during the plenum
include economic reform such as provincial government′s debt and rural land trade regulation.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.