29 July, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 10/01/2011
CHINA
1 October, Premier Wen calls for 'more democracy' for China
On the occasion of celebrations marking the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Prime Minister promises more rights for the people and a democracy "with Chinese characteristics." But the government continues to repress human rights and prevent popular participation.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - China needs greater internal democracy, "the only way" to meet the great challenges before us and resolve the problems that worry people most of all”, said Prime Minister Wen Jiabao during a speech on the eve of October 1, marking the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

The Prime Minister referred to the "challenges" facing China: rising inflation, an imbalance in the ratio of cost of living and wages, unemployment, food security, corruption, environmental destruction and social injustice "we will increase - he said - our efforts to improve democracy and resolve these issues. "

Obviously, Wen made it clear that by "democracy" he does not mean the Western concept of the term. China, he stressed, "must develop a democracy with internal features, a Chinese-style socialism." It is a concept developed by Deng Xiaoping, China's second president, who first used it to justify economic liberalization. To celebrate the October 1, Wen and other leaders in Beijing went to Tiananmen Square and bowed before the monument dedicated to the martyrs of the Maoist revolution.

For some time, the Chinese premier has used concepts and terms in public closer to the Western concept of democratic society. But in China the government continues to repress with every available means those who seek justice and democracy. Only in recent days, particularly in view of today's anniversary, dozens of people were arrested or forcibly removed from the capital.

In addition, Beijing is trying to legalize "black jails", illegal prisons where dissidents simply disappear and imposed a restraint on "independent" candidates - ie non-Communist - in elections at all levels: from a local to national level. Finally, Wen has been repeatedly criticized by the media and press organs even within the Party and his calls for social justice and democracy have been deleted.

e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
09/11/2008 CHINA
Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao pledge agricultural and health care reforms
06/17/2011 CHINA
Taizhou protests over land seizures, police surround entire village
05/07/2007 CHINA
Talk about democracy ahead of party congress
12/17/2008 CHINA
Bao Tong: Beijing should explain how Charter '08 violates the law
06/06/2007 CHINA
The Communist Party is in crises and the government has no more answers
by Willy Lam

Editor's choices
VATICAN
"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
IRAQ - VATICAN
Saddened by "the timidity of the civilised world," Baghdad patriarch's heart bleeding "for the innocent in Iraq, Syria and Gaza" "Forget us not!" says Mar Louis Sako in a message to Card Barbarin on the occasion of the march of solidarity with Iraqi Christians, held today in Lyon.
VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.