By Lan Xinzhen
The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) drafts a blueprint for the development of the Party and the country in the future. Meanwhile, a lot of people at home and abroad might be curious about how the report addressed by Xi jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, to the national congress came out.
According to a press briefing before the opening of the 19th CPC National Congress, Xi’s report was produced after widely soliciting opinions, holding discussions and absorbing opinions and suggestions from within the Party and beyond.
A drafting group was established with Xi as the head. The group, which also included heads of central and local government departments and experts and scholars, carried out its work under the direct leadership of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and its Standing Committee.
The drafting of the report involved a lot of study and research. The CPC Central Committee organized 59 institutions to research on 21 key topics and produced 80 reports. The drafting group was divided into nine teams which conducted onsite research in 16 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. Related government departments and 25 nationallevel think tanks also submitted research reports on certain topics. All of these laid a solid foundation for drafting the report.
During the drafting of the report, opinions were solicited from a total of 4,700 people, including business leaders and intellectuals with non-CPC background.
Needless to say, the creation of the report to the 19th CPC National Congress was a democratic process. The CPC adopts democratic centralism and collective leadership. The norms and rules of the Party state that decision-making should follow majority rule; all members are equal within the Party; the Party committees at all levels should collect opinions from all members. Democratic centralism and collective leadership are the major reasons for the high efficiency in the CPC’s decision-making process.
All CPC members have a say in the Party. What about non-CPC members? Do they have a say as the CPC governs China? Currently, there are nine political parties in China. With the CPC governing the nation, the other eight political parties also participate in the governance.
This political system is suitable for China. It was formulated and developed through decades of revo-