This year marks 20 years since the socialist market economic system was implemented in China.
During that time China has become the world's second largest economy. While the country's economic performance and restructuring has received wide acknowledgement, China also placed political restructuring in an important position in its overall reform and development agenda. It has successfully created the path of political development with Chinese characteristics.
In August, the State Council decided to remove or modify 314 administrative examination and approval items in order to clear obstacles for its social and economic development and curb corruption.
A total of 2,497 administrative approval items have been rescinded or adjusted over the past 10 years, accounting for 69.3 percent of the total.
The removal of government's administrative approval items and a major institutional restructuring of the State Council that took place in 2008 were both important measures for administrative system reform, and the important components for political restructuring.
"Political restructuring has been strengthening along with the progress of China's economic restructuring during the past 30-odd years since the country carried out its reform and opening up policy," said Li Junru, a prominent theorist and former vice-president of the Party School of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.
"Incorporating political restructuring into economic restructuring has been a distinct feature of China's political restructuring," he said.
China has made efforts in reforming its political system during the last three decades.
China has eliminated de facto life tenure for leading officials, and realized orderly succession of organs of State power and leaders. The country has expanded orderly public participation in political affairs, and the people are extensively involved in decision-making.
China has upheld and improved multi-party cooperation under the leadership of the CPC, carried out political consultation, democratic oversight and participation in the deliberation and administration of state affairs. It has also developed a patriotic united front.
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