‘Key few’ of­fi­cials play ma­jor role in Party cam­paign

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

The Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee has high­lighted the role of a “key few” of­fi­cials in ad­vanc­ing the ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign on strict Party gov­er­nance. The ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign re­quires Party mem­bers to study the Party con­sti­tu­tion, its code of con­duct, as well as the speeches of Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, and be­come de­voted Party mem­bers.

The cam­paign is im­por­tant for strictly gov­ern­ing the Party and to en­sure that its 88 mil­lion mem­bers main­tain a high de­gree of ide­o­log­i­cal and po­lit­i­cal con­sis­tency with the cen­tral lead­er­ship.

The “key few” refer to lead­ing of­fi­cials at the cen­tral, pro­vin­cial/min­is­te­rial and lo­cal lev­els. While the cam­paign cov­ers ev­ery Party or­ga­ni­za­tion and mem­ber, the CPC fo­cuses and re­lies on the “key few” to build a clean and prin­ci­pled po­lit­i­cal ecol­ogy.

Lead­ing of­fi­cials should strengthen their po­lit­i­cal ca­pa­bil­ity and ideals, im­ple­ment the Party’s de­ci­sions and strictly ob­serve po­lit­i­cal rules.

The top lead­er­ship has asked the “key few” to “shoul­der the heav­i­est bur­den” and make the great­est ef­forts to ad­vance re­form and erad­i­cate poverty, both fun­da­men­tal to ac­com­plish­ing the goal of build­ing a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety by 2020.

They are also re­quired to use their pow­ers im­par­tially and legally, and re­frain from mis­us­ing or abus­ing them.

Many work­shops have been or­ga­nized to en­sure the lead­ing of­fi­cials bear in mind the newly is­sued Party doc­u­ments, such as the one on the norms of po­lit­i­cal life within the Party in the new era, and a reg­u­la­tion on in­tra-Party su­per­vi­sion. Both were ap­proved at the Sixth Plenum of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee last year.

Reg­u­lat­ing Party mem­bers and cor­rect­ing their short­com­ings re­quires long-term and per­sis­tent ef­forts. The lead­ing of­fi­cials have to ful­fill their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in or­der to en­sure the cam­paign is ef­fec­tively im­ple­mented, its devel­op­ment su­per­vised and per­func­tory per­for­mance pre­vented.

His­tory and re­al­ity both tell us that the key to solv­ing China’s prob­lems lies in the CPC’s ef­fec­tive gov­er­nance, and the lead­ing se­nior of­fi­cials should make their best ef­forts to achieve that.

Ex­em­pli­fied by the “key few”, the cam­paign has achieved re­sults in ad­dress­ing prob­lems and plug­ging loop­holes in the man­age­ment of Party or­ga­ni­za­tions.

If the “key few” high-rank­ing of­fi­cials are slack in per­form­ing their du­ties or vi­o­late the law or Party dis­ci­plines, the re­sult will not be just cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als; they might also lead a group of cadres astray and con­tam­i­nate the po­lit­i­cal ecol­ogy of a depart­ment or lo­cal­ity.

Since the 18th CPC Na­tional Congress in late 2012, the CPC Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, the Party’s top an­ticor­rup­tion body, has in­ves­ti­gated more than 200 se­nior of­fi­cials.

Last year alone, it pun­ished 76 min­is­te­ri­al­level of­fi­cials. Those who failed to ex­er­cise their du­ties or were neg­li­gent in reg­u­lat­ing their sub­or­di­nates also have been held ac­count­able.

The CPC is in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing the cam­paign to ex­pand the sphere of in­tra-Party ed­u­ca­tion from the “key few” to the 88 mil­lion Party mem­bers across the coun­try, in or­der to build a Party that is strong, clean and de­voted to the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple.

Xin­hua News Agency

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