Outgoing NPC Standing Committee chief rejects Western political models
In his last report, Wu Bangguo says the NPC will shun 'erroneous thought and theories'
Wu Bangguo, the outgoing chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, said in his last report to the legislative body that it would do everything it could to resist erroneous theories and reject Western political models.
"We will absolutely not copy models in the Western political system," Wu told 2,000 deputies attending the annual session of the NPC in Beijing. Next Saturday it will complete a once-a-decade power transition that began in November at the Communist Party's national congress.
The NPC would shun "the influence of … erroneous thought and theories, and maintain a firm and clear position on major issues of principle", he said.
Wu will step down next week, with Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang his likely successor.
State Council Information Office head Wang Chen, Heilongjiang party secretary Ji Bingxuan , Supreme People's Court president Wang Shengjun , National Development and Reform Commission director Zhang Ping and Supervision Minister Ma Wen are among front runners to become new vice-chairmen or vice-chairwomen of the NPC.
Wu appeared to be ill yesterday, coughing and sniffling throughout the last speech in his 10 years as NPC chief.
China would adhere to the current system of people's congresses under the absolute leadership of the Communist Party, he said. "We should fully understand the essential difference between China's system of people's congresses and Western capitalist countries' systems of state power," Wu said.
He said China's political system "reflects the nature of China as a socialist state and ensures that the people determine their own destiny".
Additional reporting by Choi Chi-yuk