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Toward greater progress along the path of human rights development with Chinese characteristics
September 18,2017   By:China Daily
 
Foreword by Wang Yi, minister of foreign affairs of the People's Republic of China, to the book of New Achievements of Human Rights in China (2012-2017)
 
Sept. 18, 2017 -- The past five years since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in November 2012 have seen an extraordinary journey by China. The CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as its core has led the people across the country in achieving tremendous progress in all fields, including the protection of human rights in China.
 
The past five years have seen continuous development and improvement of China's human rights theory. Over the past five years, the CPC Central Committee has put forward a broader vision and a new thinking on China's theory of human rights. General Secretary Xi Jinping, in his congratulatory messages to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights and the International Seminar on the 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development and remarks made at major national and international events, has elaborated in depth on human rights and related issues. He points out among others:
 
"China experimented with constitutional monarchy, imperial restoration, parliamentary democracy, multiparty system and presidential government, but none had worked for China."
 
"The Chinese Communists have found a path suited to China's national conditions through continuous practice and careful consideration of different theories."
 
"The political system of a country must be designed and developed by considering both history and reality of the country, integrating theory with practice and balancing form and content. It must proceed from the country's prevailing conditions and reality."
 
"China always seeks to combine universal principles of human rights with its own reality and has embarked on a path suited to its prevailing conditions."
 
"It is important to strengthen the mechanism of judicial protection of human rights so that our people can feel fairness and justice in every judicial case."
 
"China is ready to have frank and constructive dialogue and exchanges on human rights with other countries on the basis of equality and mutual respect."
 
"We need to strengthen confidence in the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, our theories, system, and culture."