The Straits Times
Published on Nov 08, 2012

China's Hu calls for stepped up political reform


BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese President Hu Jintao called on Thursday for the ruling Communist Party to step up political reform and push forward the "people's democracy" as the party opened a pivotal congress.

"The reform of the political structure is an important part of China's overall reforms," Mr Hu told more than 2,000 assembled party delegates in Beijing.

"We must continue to make both active and prudent efforts to carry out reform of the political structure and make the people's democracy more extensive, fuller in scope and sounder in practice."