“I believe I and all the Chinese people have such conviction that China will make continuous progress and the people’s wishes and need for democracy and freedom are irresistible. I hope you will be able to gradually see the continuous progress of China.”
—Wen Jiabao, Premier of the People’s Republic of China
Said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria about China’s future. Before the questions even began, Premier Wen promised from the bottom of his heart to answer all questions truthfully. The quote about democracy marks the third time in recent weeks that Wen has brought up political reform, perhaps pointing towards a rift in the CCP about exactly what role their party should play. Hu Jintao has not mentioned political reform at all.