March ahead with rule of law

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Specific mechanisms needed to reach goal

The communiqué issued by the Fourth Plenum has outlined the reforms of many existing mechanisms, but the most important of them all is the overall target of the CPC's current drive, which is "to advance the rule of law" to build a system to serve "the socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics" and establish "the socialist rule of law" in the country.

This is a huge qualitative progress from "rule by law". The CPC's new target makes it clear that the government too comes under the rule of the law.

To achieve the goal, the communiqué says, theories of socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics, systems of laws and regulations, efficient law enforcement, strict supervision and effective guarantee systems, and an all-encompassing intra-Party law mechanism are essential.

These are detailed mechanisms to support the system of "socialist rule of law". Only by establishing these mechanisms can the overall goal be achieved.

Zhang Hengshan, a professor of law at the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC.

A stern warning to Hong Kong protestors

By reiterating its faith in the "One Country, Two Systems" policy - as mentioned in the communiqué issued by the Fourth Plenum - the Party has issued a stern warning to the "Occupy Central" protestors in Hong Kong. The communiqué specifically says that the protestors should remove all barricades and barriers from the streets of the international financial and logistics hub.

By continuing to defy a court order and refusing to clear key roads in Hong Kong, the protestors have shown their disregard for the rule of law.

Although the central authorities will continue to deal rationally with the "Occupy Central" movement, the protestors should know that there will not be any compromise on Hong Kong's political reform. The candidates for the post of Hong Kong's chief executive will have to get the approval of the Nominating Committee because it is a procedural requirement that is clearly stipulated in the Basic Law.

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