PRESIDENT Jiang Zemin ruled out Western-style democracy during Lunar New Year celebrations with leaders of non-communist parties. In a clear warning after a crackdown on activists who tried to register opposition political parties, Mr Jiang said Beijing would continue to consult non-communist parties on national affairs, but he stressed such co-operation would not lead to a bi-party or multi-party system like Western democracies. 'There can be no ambiguity in this political principle which complies with China's conditions,' Mr Jiang told the gathering of eight non-communist parties and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, according to Xinhua. The President pledged greater unity between communist and non-communist parties and said enhancing stability should be a priority if the country wanted to push ahead with reforms. 'Such a multi-party consultation system, which would continue to work under the leadership of the Communist Party, has its advantages and vitality and provides powerful political backing for reforms, development and stability.' Urging non-communist parties to be more sensitive about crises, he said reforms were now at a critical stage and people needed to work hard to settle economic and social problems. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the revolution and the 10th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Beijing will also celebrate the handover of Macau in December. China's constitution states that the Communist Party is the leader of the mainland's revolution and national construction, and leaders have made clear that any grouping, if designed for a multi-party system or which tried to negate the leadership of the party, would not be allowed to exist.