Meng Jianzhu (L), head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attends the opening ceremony of the second China-Singapore Forum on Social Governance, together with Teo Chee Hean, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Home Affairs Minister, in Beijing, capital of China, July 28, 2014. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)
BEIJING, July 28 (Xinhua) -- China and Singapore held the second China-Singapore Forum on Social Governance in Beijing on Monday, agreeing to increase exchanges and cooperation in this area.
Scientific and effective social governance is an important safeguard for people's happiness, harmony and stability in society and a country's lasting peace and security, said Meng Jianzhu, head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, in a keynote speech at the event.
He said the rule of law is one of civilization's most important achievements.
"Only by steadfastly advancing law-based governance and building a law-based society can we make our society vibrant on one hand and orderly on the other while promoting people's happiness to the maximum," said the official.
Social governance, referring to the authorities' management of society, which includes using laws and policies to prevent social tensions, is very important for China, Meng said.
The 18th CPC Central Committee has identified the rule of law as the basic means of social governance in the wider strategic context of developing socialism with Chinese characteristics and advancing modernization in the state governance system.
Meng proposed that China and Singapore increase exchanges to share experience on governance in accordance with law, and that they jointly address challenges in this area.
Teo Chee Hean, Singapore's deputy prime minister and minister for national security and home affairs, analyzed these challenges and introduced Singapore's principles and practices.
Teo called on both countries to have frank discussions on the matter.