BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- China's reform should be a profound one that proceeds in a sustained and gradual manner, according to an editorial in Friday's People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
The editorial came in the lead up to the Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the CPC, which is expected to convene in the latter half of the year, with reform probably an important topic.
The editorial said China's performance in balancing reform, development and stability will determine the outcome of reform in the next decade.
Development holds the key to solving all economic and social problems; reform drives the engine of social and economic development, and stability lays the precondition of both development and reform, according to the editorial.
A key issue in balancing relationships between reform, development and stability is to manage the intensity, speed and social acceptance of the reform, the editorial said.
"Reform should not be shallow or tinkering around, but a profound revolution; it should not be slow, rather, moving forward in a sustained manner; nor should it be rash, but a gradual one," the editorial said.
"Looking around the world, social turmoil and political instability costs many countries the opportunities to develop and plunge their people into abysmal catastrophes," it warned.