China media back Xi's 'prosperous society' dream

Papers say Mr Xi wants to narrow the gap between China's rich and poor citizens Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Papers say Mr Xi wants to narrow the gap between China's rich and poor citizens

Papers back Chinese leader Xi Jinping's vision of "building a moderately prosperous society".

Mr Xi's strategic blueprint, launched on Wednesday, was distilled into slogans known as the "four comprehensives": building a moderately prosperous society, deepening reform, advancing the rule of law and strictly governing the party.

The plan comes as China "pays greater attention to improving governance following its economic success," says the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

It adds that social justice has become an important theory and the plan will "ensure China continues steadily on its path of development".

Political analysts interviewed by the Global Times say the theory reflects Mr Xi's vision of "how China should be governed in the midst of deepening reforms and an adjusting economy".

"The 30-plus years of economic reform have left some in Chinese society living a more well-off life. But the wealth gap between the rich and the poor persists, and we need to distribute wealth evenly covering all in society," Xu Yaotong, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance, tells the daily.

In a front-page editorial, the People's Daily says such a society will cover every part of the country, and "no-one will be left out".

"Building a moderately prosperous society is the foundation of realising the China's Dream," says the Communist Party flagship paper, adding that it "will not be accomplished overnight".

The Paper states that the top goal has a "special position" in the "Four Comprehensives", while the following three points are the "strategic moves" towards attaining it.

Terrorism definition

Elsewhere, papers shine a spotlight on the fight against terrorism as lawmakers begin to review the draft proposal for the country's first anti-terrorism law.

According to Xinhua, the draft is the "latest attempt to address terrorism at home and help maintain security".

The news agency highlights the updated definition of "terrorism", which is now defined as "any speech or activity that, by means of violence, sabotages or threats, generates social panic, undermines public security, or menaces government organs or international organizations".

Wordings such as "thoughts" and "speeches and activities" in last October draft have been deleted for better "accuracy and applicability", it says.

A commentary in Xinhua welcomes the revisions, particularly the effort to strike a "balance" between "combating extremism and upholding rights".

It highlights that "strict approval procedure" will be required to access phone and Internet records, which the article sees as a sign that authorities are seeking to protect people's rights.

"As China moves toward the rule of law, the draft is an encouraging and welcome signal that terrorism can be fought within the framework of the rule of law and in the interests of citizens," it says.

'Toilet shopping'

And finally, some media outlets urge Chinese manufacturers to improve standards as Japanese-made toilet seats have reportedly become a hit among Chinese consumers.

According to the Global Times, Chinese tourists in Japan spent 6bn yuan ($959.4m; £616.3m) during this year's Spring Festival holidays and many of them "swamped" the country to buy the bidet toilet seats.

"Such news makes a mockery of China's boycott of Japanese goods over the past two years," says the daily.

"That Chinese tourists swamped Japanese stores at a time when the country is facing a sluggish domestic demand is certainly not something to be proud of," it adds.

Though the nationalistic paper admits the "huge gap" between Japan-made and China-made products, it calls for more confidence in the future of domestic brands as the "overall strength and image of Chinese-made goods still needs time to grow".

However, it has a word of advice for Chinese companies.

"World-class toilet seats are not what Chinese manufacturers aspire to make. 'Made in China' goods must aim for higher goals," says the daily.

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