BEIJING, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Without justice, the reform campaign will fail, warns a commentary in People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC), on Wednesday.
Poverty is not socialism, nor is a growing wealth gap. The success of China's further reform campaign hinges on whether fairness and justice can be reflected, the commentary said.
The two elements are key for gathering public recognition and participation in the reform, it said.
In preparation for the 110th anniversary of the birth of Deng Xiaoping on Friday, this is the second commentary from the People's Daily calling for deepened reforms.
On Tuesday, the commentary board of the paper penned an article titled "Reform or Die," which recalled memories from before China's reform.
It was Deng's outcry that China's socialist cause and modernization drive would be ruined without reform. It was this outcry that started the reform campaign for which Deng is best known, the piece read. .
China's reform drive was launched amid a stumbling and underdeveloped economy in the wake of the disastrous Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).
The fate of socialism has been deeply connected with reform ever since.
By breaking through forbidden zones and shattering stereotypes, China's reform campaign not only generated unprecedented prosperity for the current second largest economy, but also unleashed the vitality of the socialist system.
China is indeed winning the moment, but can it still win the future? Harsh as it might be, the question does drive home the fact that more than 30 years on, the difficulty and complexity of China's efforts to push forward reform are no less challenging.
But for CPC, reform is still the right way to survive, persist, perfect itself, renew itself, develop itself and strengthen itself, said the commentary.
The paper urged Party members to show their Party spirit and courage to continue the reform drive.
"There is a new window of opportunity for China's reform. We must push forward the reform drive with our consistent belief and resolve, for what we are creating will not only affect China but also the whole world," it said.