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Handling of 'Wukan incident' a model for Chinese officials: magazine

2012/04/17 22:47:15

Hong Kong, April 17 (CNA) An election held in a coastal village in southern China's Guangdong Province is a model example for Chinese officials to reference when dealing with public uprisings, according to a Guangdong-based magazine.

The latest issue of the Tong Zhou Gong Jin magazine, owned by the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, published an editorial stating that the way in which officials handled a villagers' revolt over perceived local corruption in Wukan Village should become a model for other officials studying ways to prevent public uprisings.

In March, thousands of people in the village turned out to vote for a new leader after a high-profile protest was staged over farmland that was seized by the authorities.

The editorial said that in a stability-above-all government, many officials think only of cracking down on public unrest, which only causes more problems.

Too many Chinese officials think only of keeping their jobs and not of maintaining social justice or the welfare of the people, wrote Ma Licheng, a well-known political commentator, in the article.

Since 2011, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has asked for an innovative approach in handling public affairs, in an effort to prevent and reduce social conflicts, the editorial said.

"The way in which the Guangdong government officials handled the Wukan incident should serve as a lesson for other officials," Ma said in the editorial.

The editorial was also carried by the Study Times, a newspaper published by the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, and the Southern Metropolis Daily, a Guangzhou-based newspaper.

(By Stanley Cheung and Ann Chen)