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Chinese scholars seek political shifts

BEIJING — About 70 prominent Chinese scholars and lawyers have urged the country’s new Communist Party leaders to undertake moderate political reforms, including separating the party from government, though they avoid any mention of ending one-party rule.

The petition drafted by Peking University law professor Zhang Qianfan calls on the party to rule according to the constitution, protect freedom of speech, encourage private enterprise, and allow for an independent judicial system. It also calls for the people to be able to elect their own representatives without party interference.

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