The wordy press release from China’s central government’s Third Plenum meeting in Beijing has been circulating around the media this week, but has left many struggling to understand what happened during the closed-door meeting in Beijing.
The general public's reaction to the summary of talking points was tepid at best. Many pundits, China-watchers and netizens quickly picked up on the ambiguous and vague language that riddled the text. For many this meant "comprehensive reform" was an empty promise. Here is a look at some of the key words that were included in the press release:
According to the communiqué, China’s government was working on a blueprint of plans that would continue to promote Chinese-style socialism and enhance modern governance through reforms in various sectors. At the core of the reform, above human rights, pollution and family planning and other various issues that continue to be of concern for citizens, is the nation’s economic system. The meeting discussed striking a balance between government and market as the way to effect appropriate changes in the nation’s booming economy. While the summary denoted the areas being targeted for reform, specifics on what moves will be made to address such concerns were not included.