Xinhua Editorial: For the Struggle for Rule of Law in China
― In an official commentary posted to the internet late last night and promoted to the top of its web portal site on Friday, Xinhua News Agency said the recent Fourth Plenum of the 18th CCP Central Committee held in Beijing was "a historic milestone in the building of rule of law in China." The "Decision" (决定) emerging from the plenum, Xinhua said, "clearly and thoroughly promoted the overall objective of ruling the nation in accord with the constitution, setting major tasks and making a series of new judgements and new deployments" for achieving this objective. Nevertheless, the overarching power of the Party was made clear: "In handling China's matters well," said Xinhua, "the crux lies with the Party; and in promoting rule of the nation in accord with the law, the most fundamental guarantee is the Party."
Fourth Plenum Communique in a Single Picture
― Following the release yesterday of the communique from the Fourth Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, China's Xinhua News Agency ran an infographic it says sums up the important business being handled at the meeting of senior Party leaders. The focus of the communique is the "building of a socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics." According to some commentators in Chinese, this is the first time "rule of law" has been the theme of a plenary session of the CCP Central Committee.
Xinhua: Hong Kong SAR Government Working on Talks With Federation of Students
― In a piece that remained at the top of the front page news feed at Xinhua Online on October 16, China's official news agency reported on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, that the government of the Hong Kong SAR was seeking to re-open dialogue with student leaders of ongoing protests in the territory. The Xinhua report quoted remarks made by Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam (谭志源) that day, in which he said he hoped the government and student leaders could meet soon . But Xinhua emphasized that, in Tam's words, that discussions of political reform had to move forward on "a legal basis, namely in line with the Basic Law and relevant decisions from the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress."
CY Leung: "Occupy Central" Cannot Resolve the Question of Universal Suffrage
― According to China's official Xinhua News Agency, CY Leung, the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said late Wednesday that Hong Kong should "handle the question of universal suffrage in a practical, rational, peaceful and legal manner." Xinhua also reported Leung as saying that the Occupy Central movement had "impacted Hong Kong's international reputation, its economic activities, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses, and the normal lives of citizens." Xinhua made no mention of allegations of financial impropriety recently made against Leung, a topic that has lately dominated Hong Kong coverage in the territory and overseas.
Xi Jinping Addresses Forum on Literature and the Arts
― The official Xinhua News Agency reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping gave an address on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, to a forum on literature and the arts (文艺工作座谈会). At the meeting, which was attended by Chinese representatives from diverse creative enterprises, including literature, drama, music, dance and film, Xi Jinping stressed that "a flourishing culture" was an integral part of "realizing the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese people."