Du Daozheng on Hu and Wen, and Reform

China Media Project translates a piece by Du Daozheng in Yanhuang Chunqiu magazine which discusses recent comments by Wen Jiabao about prospects for political reform. From their introduction:

Du takes issue with the idea that Wen Jiabao is merely “putting on a show” in his attention to political reform, and also suggests that President Hu Jintao is a supporter of the Premier who has given him more license to handle a number of important issues in recent months.

The interview should also be seen as a rebuttal to recent remarks from leftist elements in the Party – such as this editorial in Guangming Daily — that argue that China must distinguish between the “false” democracy of Western capitalist nations and the “true” democracy of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

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