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China's Long March to The Rule of Law

Qiao Shi is considered the top liberal on the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party and a rival to President Jiang Zemin and Premier Li Peng in the power struggle since Deng's death. He is known to favor a review of the Tienanmen Massacre, by which he is untainted, and has pushed for 'A System of Law' in China to which even the Communist Party would be subject

Qiao Shi is also chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the Chinese Legislative body that will be the final arbiter of the Hong Kong Basic Law after July 1, 1997.

In his first interview with a Western Journalist, Qiao Shi sat down for a wideranging talk with NPQ editor Nathan Gardels on May 23 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

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