Accurate Evaluation of China’s Human Rights Legislation During the Historical Periods Before and After Reform and Opening-up
September 12,2014   By:CSHRS

Li Shi’an

Recently, when evaluating the achievements China has made during the historical periods before and after reform and opening-up, Chinese President Xi Jinping pointed out, “The socialist construction conducted by the people under the leadership of our Party is divided into two historical periods – before and after reform and opening-up. The two periods are interconnected, but also different from each other. However, they both essentially reflect the practical explorations of socialist construction conducted by the people under the leadership of the Party. Socialism with Chinese characteristics began to take shape in the new era of reform and opening-up, but it is also grounded in New China’s 20-plus years of experience in building and carrying out the basic system of socialism . . . Although the two historical periods have huge differences in the guidelines, policies, and practices of socialist construction, they are definitely neither isolated from nor essentially opposite to each other . . . We cannot use the historical period after reform and opening-up to deny the historical period before reform and opening-up, and vice versa . . . We must adhere to the ideological line of seeking truth from facts, distinguish the essentials from the nonessential, stick to truth, correct mistakes, and draw lessons from our past experience, and on this basis push forward the undertakings of the Party and people.”

In his speech, President Xi gave an overall evaluation of the achievements that China has made in socialist construction during the two historical periods. We should specifically evaluate China’s human rights legislation in the two historical periods before and after the country’s reform and opening-up in accordance with the spirit of President Xi’s speech.

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