China leader urges resistance against Western forces

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BEIJING: China’s top security official has urged the ruling Communist Party to resist Western “attacks” on the country’s political and legal systems, in comments timed ahead of a 10-yearly leadership change.

Zhou Yongkang, one of China’s top nine rulers and reputedly one of the most hardline, said the Communist Party must repel the “mistaken views” of Western political theorists.

“We will never change in our endeavour to defend the party’s leading role and socialism with Chinese characteristics,” he wrote in the latest edition of a Communist Party publication, “Qiushi”.

“We will resolutely resist the attacks of hostile forces on our nation’s political and judicial systems, and we will resolutely resist the influence of mistaken Western political and legal views.” — AFP