Party briefs EU on anti-graft ef­forts

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By FU JING in Brus­sels fu­jing@chi­

The Com­mu­nist Party of China’s de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment strict gover­nance and a sweep­ing anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign can help it pro­vide con­struc­tive so­lu­tions to global prob­lems while deal­ing with do­mes­tic chal­lenges, a se­nior Chi­nese of­fi­cial said on Mon­day.

“China has en­tered a his­tor­i­cally crit­i­cal mo­ment. We are be­com­ing rich but not rich, and in­ter­na­tion­ally we are be­com­ing strong but not strong,” said Yuan Shuhong, deputy di­rec­tor of the Leg­isla­tive Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil at a sem­i­nar in Brus­sels.

In re­cent years, “cor­rup­tion and other chal­lenges such as weak­en­ing the Party’s lead­er­ship and loos­en­ing Party gover­nance have be­come ram­pant”, he said.

Yuan said strong de­ter­mi­na­tion has led to lasting ef­forts to fight cor­rup­tion with an iron fist and up­hold the strict gover­nance of the Party.

Yuan is lead­ing a CPC del­e­ga­tion to the Euro­pean Union to dis­cuss Oc­to­ber’s Sixth Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee. The del­e­ga­tion is up­dat­ing think tank ex­perts and party lead­ers in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.

“With such his­toric and cur­rent com­plex­i­ties, China must have a lead­er­ship core to over­come the chal­lenges at home and abroad,” Yuan said at the sem­i­nar, or­ga­nized by the Brus­sels-based Foun­da­tion for Euro­pean Pro­gres­sive Stud­ies.

Yuan said the Party must

These ef­forts could help us ... po­si­tion China to lead a con­struc­tive role world­wide.” Yuan Shuhong, deputy di­rec­tor of the Leg­isla­tive Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil

abide by strict political dis­ci­pline, so as to en­sure its lead­er­ship of China’s na­tional re­newal. “And these ef­forts could help us live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to po­si­tion China to lead a con­struc­tive role world­wide,” he said.

New Party the­ory, a lead­er­ship reshuf­fle and plans for com­ing years are an­tic­i­pated at the Party’s 19th Na­tional Congress next year.

Ernst Stet­ter, sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the Foun­da­tion for Euro­pean Pro­gres­sive Stud­ies, said it is help­ful to learn from the CPC’s ex­pe­ri­ence.

Wang Xuey­ong, deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Bureau for Western Euro­pean Af­fairs of the In­ter­na­tional Depart­ment of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the CPC, said it is nor­mal for the CPC to ex­change de­vel­op­ments with other par­ties world­wide.

“And in do­ing so, we also lend our ears to our friends to ask them to pass along ideas and sug­ges­tions to im­prove the gover­nance of the CPC as well,” Wang said.

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