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China reaffirmed that it will not copy other countries' models in its drive for political reform, a spokeswoman said on Monday.
China's political reform is "the self-improvement and development of the socialist system with Chinese characteristics," said Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the first session of the 12th National People's Congress, which is scheduled to convene on Tuesday.
Experts said the veteran diplomat's comments show the top leadership's stance that political reform is more likely to be carried out by modifying the current socialist system without changing its character.
"It is unfair and inaccurate to say China will go nowhere if it does not copy other countries' models," she said, calling China's reform "comprehensive and systematic".
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China has already found a road appropriate for the country and is making headway. Therefore, "we have no reason not to go along this road", the spokeswoman said.
Fu said the second plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee held last month put forward many concrete means of reform. China will transform government functions and streamline administration, according to a statement issued after last month's plenary session.
Political reform has constantly made headlines during the two sessions, China's biggest annual political event, as many are counting on a decisive change from the central leadership to shed the institutional obstacles that have held back the second largest economy from greater economic and social success.
However, speculation about reform coming to a deadlock has swirled as experts accuse monopolists, corrupt officials and people with vested interests of deterring reform-minded officials from taking concrete actions.
Wang Yukai, professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance, urged Chinese leaders to spearhead political reform, which he called the "biggest stumbling block on the way toward deeper reform".
"It is not a question about whether we should reform, but how we will accomplish it. A key in pushing forward is to prevent power from being overly concentrated," he said.