Chapter 2: Anti-monopoly law and building a harmonious society
On 11 October 2006, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) issued its Decisions Regarding Several Major Issues with Building a Harmonious Socialist Society (the Decisions) during the Sixth Session of the 16th National Congress of the CPC. The Decisions state that ‘social harmony is the essence of socialism with Chinese characteristics; it is an important guarantee for the prosperity of the nation, and vitality and happiness of the Chinese people’. In order to realize the glorious goal of building a harmonious socialist society, the Decisions point out that China must stay on course for the reform of the socialist market economy, strengthen the socialist democratic political reforms, enhance the rule of law in the national economy, politics, culture, and social life, establish a just social welfare and security system, and promote social fairness and justice. The goals and principles laid out in the Decisions come as a great encouragement to those like me working in China’s legal system. It may be said that legal experts’ work in legal research is an indispensable part of building a harmonious society, because the fundamental goal of establishing the rule of law in China is to establish a comprehensive and just system for social welfare and security, and to advance social justice and fairness.
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