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五不搞 (wǔ bù gǎo) five no's

The term Five No's originated in a speech delivered to the 2011 National People's Congress (NPC) by Wu Bangguo, then chairman of the NPC Sanding Committee.

The 2011 NPC came after unrest in the Middle East and North Africa inspired some in China to attempt their own "Jasmine Revolution" with calls for liberal democracy. The government promptly cracked down on potential demonstration sites and detained online organizers.

While addressing the 2011 NPC and amid Party anxiety over public calls for liberal democracy, Wu Bangguo outlined the “five no's”:


  1. 不搞指导思想多元化
  2. 不搞“三权鼎立”和两院制
  3. 不搞联邦制
  4. 不搞私有化