Communique of the Sixth Plenum of the 16th CPC Central Committee – Xinhua

From Xinhua:

The 16th Central Committee of the of China (CPC) concluded its 6th plenary session here Wednesday and issued a communique highlighting the issue of social .

also set the date and venue for the Party’s 17th national congress in the second half of 2007 in .

The 4-day plenum, in which General Secretary Hu Jintao made a keynote speech, advocated putting the of a socialist harmonious society at a “more prominent position” on its work agenda while adhering to economic development as its central task, the communique said.

The plenary meeting, attended by 195 CPC Central Committee members and 152 alternate members, is the first of its kind that the Party has ever held focusing on social development other than political and economic affairs.

“There are quite many contradictions and issues that impair social harmony” even when China is “a harmonious society in general,” the document admitted. [Full Text]

Read a critique of the Communique from a Confucian perspective, via Useless Tree blog.

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