Premier Wen Jiabao made the following comment on Tuesday according to a Reuters Article:
"We are confident that when the people are capable of running a village through direct election, they will later be able to run a township, then a county and a province, true to the principle that our country is run by the people."
He made almost the exact same comments last year before a China-EU summit, when he said of village elections, "If the Chinese people can manage a village, I believe in several years they can manage a township" (see the Asia Times article China Looks to Democracy to Cure Its Ills).
Who are these remarks directed at? And what exactly does it commit China to?