Political reform that aims to limit the power of the Communist Party while introducing a system of checks and balances will be introduced to Shenzhen, the Financial Times said. The new system is the brainchild of Zeng Qinghong, dean of the party's political school and a close confidant of Jiang Zemin who stepped down as head of the party last November. The plan is intended to be a model for all large cities in China.
The main thrust of the Shenzhen reforms is to separate the powers of the Communist Party from those of the executive of the government and the legislature, the Municipal People's Congress. The party, which is still held to reside above everything, will have its functions limited to drawing up the overall economic strategy for the area and setting some other important policies. It would be forbidden from going over the heads of the government to get involved in the government's executive work. The local legislature would be responsible for reviewing and approving development strategies and large spending plans.
The trial political reforms will be initiated by July, said Mayor Yu Youjun. He added that the restructured government would be better placed to eradicate corruption.
Consistent with this policy of separating bureaucracy from business, officials said they would accelerate the sale of government stakes in local enterprises. This year, the city plans to sell stakes in 30 to 50 state-ownedenterprises to local or foreign investors