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Shenzhen, frontier of China's reform
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2010-08-27 15:52

When people in other parts of the world admire China's great leap from an impoverished land to a global economic powerhouse, many may not know it all started in Shenzhen 30 years ago, when the country launched its first step of the reform and opening-up policy.

Once a fishing village neighboring Hong Kong, the city has become one of the world's most successful special economic zones, with a population of more than 14 million, and the country's highest per-capita income.

China has been able to harvest the fruit of the economic reforms because Shenzhen blazed a trail. The costal city epitomizes the spirit of reform and in-novation that has spurred the country to grow into a world power.

That is why all eyes turned to Shenzhen again last weekend when Premiere Wen Jiabao visited the southern boomtown, and talked about the government's determination to keep the momentum of reform, including political reform.

Yet overseas analysts should not get over-excited about the prospect of major political reforms.

Chinese leaders have made it clear that China will never directly copy Western-style political systems. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the country will explore its own socialist path that fits its own domestic situation.

Beside political reform, Shenzhen may continue serving as the frontier to experiment with changes in other areas.

As one of the earliest labor-intensive centers of manufacturing in China, Shenzhen may take the initiative to drastically raise wages of migrant workers and see if this will affect the country's plan to turn to a value-added economy.

The city may also experiment with measures to test the impact of yuan appreciation, or whether stricter control of the housing market will strangle the growth of the economy, or if allowing non-government groups to run some social affairs will work or not.

Of course, Shenzhen may also pioneer changes in the governernce of cities. The 2003 bid to borrow from Hong Kong's expereinces, to separate its administration into decision-making, execution and supervision branches, is a good example.

Although problems always emerge in the process of change, Shenzhen is definitely focused on reforming itself into a better-off city with an efficient government.

With a determination to adjust to changing situations, China will not flinch at surging flood waters, a widening wealth gap or reoccurring corruption.

Whether the outside world likes it or not, the country will keep its own stride forward.

(Source: Global Times)

Source:People's Daily 
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