Lianhe Zaobao: With Lianhe Zaobao of Singapore. In recent years, you have addressed the topic of political structural reform on several occasions and that has attracted wide attention. Why have you done so and what is the difficulty that confronts China’s political structural reform?
Wen: I have addressed the topic of political structural reform in China on many occasions in recent years. And actually I have set out my views on this topic in full and in detail. Why have I taken such a keen interest in this matter? I would like to say that it is because I have been seized by a strong sense of responsibility. After the crackdown of the Gang of Four, our Party adopted the resolution on the several historical matters and took the important decision of conducting reform and opening up in China. However, the mistake of the Cultural Revolution and the impact of feudalism have yet to be fully eliminated. And as our economy continues to develop, such new problems as income disparities, lack of credibility and corruption have occurred. I am fully aware that to resolve these problems we must press ahead with both economic structural reform and political structural reform, in particular reform of the leadership system of our Party and the country.
Now reform in China has come to a critical stage. Without a successful political structural reform, it is impossible for us to fully institute the economic structural reform, and the gains we have made in this area may be lost, new problems that have cropped up in China’s society will not be fundamentally resolved and such historical tragedy as the Cultural Revolution may happen again. I believe any member of the Party and government official with a sense of responsibility should fully recognize that this is an urgent task for our country.
I know very well that the reform will not be an easy one. The reform will not be able to succeed without the consciousness, the support, the enthusiasm and creativity of our people. To conduct such a reform in our big country with a 1.3 billion population, we must always bear in mind China's national circumstances and develop our socialist democracy in a step-by-step manner. The reform can only go forward. The reform must not stand still, still less go backward. Because that offers no way out.
I know that the people not only take interest what I have to say and what my ideals are, but more importantly in what results my efforts can bring. I would like to tell you that even with a single breath, I am still prepared to dedicate myself fully to advancing China's reform and opening up cause.