Chinese president urges improved social management for greater harmony, stability

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BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Hu Jintao Saturday called for improved social management and innovations in this regard so as to “ensure a harmonious and stable society full of vitality.”

“The overall requirements for enhancing and innovating social management are to stimulate vitality in the society to the greatest extent, maximize factors conducive to harmony and minimize those detrimental to it,” said Hu at the opening ceremony of a high-profile seminar attended by provincial and ministerial-level officials.

Hu also stressed the need to “build a socialist social management system with Chinese characteristics, aiming to safeguard people’s rights and interests, promote social justice, and sustain sound social order.”

A key to achieve the goal is to “solve prominent problems which might harm the harmony and stability of the society ,” he said.

The country needs to improve the structure of social management comprising Party committee leadership, government responsibility, nongovernmental support and public participation, he said.

Hu acknowledged that despite China’s remarkable social and economic development and growth in its overall national strength, the country is “still in a stage where many conflicts are likely to arise. There are still many problems in social management.”

With a population of 1.3 billion, China is experiencing a rapid economic and social development, which, however, faces a number of “prominent problems to cause unbalanced, incoordinate and unsustainable development,” he said.

“It is necessary to strengthen and improve a mechanism for safeguarding the rights and interests of the people in which the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the government play the leading role,” said Hu, who is also General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

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