China’s governance system is at an important juncture, according to a leading academic. Ma Liang, professor of public policy at the National Academy of Development and Strategy at Renmin University of China in Beijing, said that after five years of tackling corruption, it is now time to focus on modernizing government to achieve important national goals. “I see the process as essentially a two-step one. The first task was to clean up the system. Now, it is to make it more responsive to society’s demands,” he said. Ma, 36, who was speaking at a lecture theater in the university’s Qiushi Building, has written and lectured extensively on China’s government system, which is poised for major reform. In October, the fourth plenary session of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee set in motion a program of national governance modernization. “This is historically a very important time for China. It is on the brink of making big progress by achieving key national targets. There couldn’t be a better time to look at making government work better,” Ma said. The most immediate national goals are eliminating extreme poverty and becoming a “moderately prosperous society in all respects “by the end of… Read full this story
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