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Xi aims to turn CCP into ‘state party’: expert

‘XI JINPING THOUGHT’:Xi’s policy of merging the CCP and the government at different levels signals a departure from Deng Xiaoping’s policies, John Burns said

Staff writer, with CNA

On the question of democracy, Burns said that Xi’s understanding of democracy bears no relation to the democracy in Taiwan, which he described as “the headquarters of competitive democracy.”

“Look around you. This is democracy,” he said.

Burns said what Xi talks about is a “different kind of democracy” that is “in the interests of its people.”

On Xi’s pledge to advance law-based governance, Burns said that Xi’s goal is to have the Chinese government “ruled by law,” not to establish “rule of law.”

Under the rule of law, the state is be treated like any other legal entity before the courts, but “I don’t think this was [Xi’s] intention,” Burns said.

What Xi envisions is that the CCP will “tightly control the content of laws” and the laws will be applied to corrupt businesses and officials, Burns said.

Although this will affect the legal professions and human rights, Xi considers it necessary for China’s development, he added.

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