CND, 06/04/01] A report made public on Friday and produced by a top
party research group unusually described the situation of China as
tense, with conflicts on the rise as a result of
protests and group incidents arising from economic, ethnic and
religious conflicts in China, the New York Times reported.
The report warns that further opening China's market to outside world
would mean even greater social conflict and vaguely suggests that some
system reforms could reduce public grievances.
Our country's entry into the World Trade Organization may bring
growing dangers and pressures, and it can be predicted that in the
ensuing period the number of group incidents may jump, severely
harming social stability and even disturbing the smooth implementation
of reform and opening up, states the report,
Investigation Report 2000-2001: Studies of Contradictions Among the
People Under New Conditions.
The study was conducted by a research group of the Central Committee's
organization department, headed by ZENG Qinghong, who is regarded as
JIANG Zemin's top advisor and widely believed to be seeking higher
office. The New York Ties said that the 308-page report cites growing
social and economic inequality and official corruption as over-arching
sources of discontent. The income gap is approaching the
level with disparities widening between city and countryside,
between the fast-growing east coast and the stagnant interior, and
within urban populations. The report describes corruption as
main fuse exacerbating conflicts between officials and the masses.
The report was published by the party's Central Compilation and Translation Press and available for purchase on Friday at the press's office. It is unclear why central party officials broke with the tradition of suppressing sensitive information, the New York Times said. (Bo XIONG)