‘Four Com­pre­hen­sives’ light up the fu­ture

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - VIEWS -

Since the 18th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, the Party’s Cen­tral Com­mit­tee with Xi Jin­ping as its core has been ad­vanc­ing the “Four Com­pre­hen­sives” or the “Four­pronged Com­pre­hen­sive Strat­egy” to in­ject new im­pe­tus into the pur­suit of the Chi­nese Dream.

The Four Com­pre­hen­sives are CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Xi Jin­ping’s ide­o­log­i­cal di­rec­tive for gov­er­nance based on China’s ex­pe­ri­ences and so­cial changes. Con­sist­ing of com­pre­hen­sively build­ing a well-off so­ci­ety, com­pre­hen­sively deep­en­ing re­form, com­pre­hen­sively im­ple­ment­ing the rule of law and com­pre­hen­sively strength­en­ing the Party’s dis­ci­pline, the Four Com­pre­hen­sives man­i­fest the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee’s po­lit­i­cal wis­dom and po­lit­i­cal eval­u­a­tion in re­sponse to the sig­nif­i­cant con­cerns of the Party and peo­ple of all eth­nic groups in China, as well as shows the Party’s in­no­va­tive gov­ern­ing ca­pac­ity un­der the new cir­cum­stances.

Com­pre­hen­sively build­ing a well-off so­ci­ety is one of the stra- te­gic ob­jec­tives the Party is de­ter­mined to achieve by 2020, ahead of the 100th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the CPC. Com­pre­hen­sively deep­en­ing re­form is the sig­nif­i­cant strate­gic de­ci­sion made by the Third Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee. Com­pre­hen­sively im­ple­ment­ing the rule of law was in­cluded in the strat­egy at the Fourth Plenum of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, which ad­vanced that rule of law is a pre­req­ui­site as well as guar­an­tee for de­vel­op­ing so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics. And com­pre­hen­sively strength­en­ing Party dis­ci­pline was added to the strat­egy at the Sixth Plenum of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, which also set a clear di­rec­tion for strictly gov­ern­ing the Party.

The closely con­nected Four Com­pre­hen­sives form a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial or­ganic whole. Log­i­cally, com­pre­hen­sively build­ing a well-off so­ci­ety is the goal, while com­pre­hen­sively deep­en­ing re­form, com­pre­hen­sively im­ple­ment­ing the rule of law and com­pre­hen­sively strength­en­ing Party dis­ci­pline are con­crete mea­sures to achieve that goal.

Com­pre­hen­sively deep­en­ing re­form is the ba­sis of com­pre­hen­sively build­ing a well-off so­ci­ety; it also pro­vides the nec­es­sary mo­men­tum for com­pre­hen­sively im­ple­ment­ing the rule of law and com­pre­hen­sively strength­en­ing Party dis­ci­pline.

Com­pre­hen­sively im­ple­ment­ing the rule of law is the nec­es­sary re­quire­ment and prom­i­nent sym- bol of com­pre­hen­sively build­ing a well-off so­ci­ety, and the le­gal guar­an­tee for com­pre­hen­sively deep­en­ing re­form and com­pre­hen­sively strength­en­ing Party dis­ci­pline.

Com­pre­hen­sively strength­en­ing Party dis­ci­pline is crit­i­cal to achiev­ing the goals of com­pre­hen­sively build­ing a well-off so­ci­ety, com­pre­hen­sively deep­en­ing re­form and com­pre­hen­sively im­ple­ment­ing the rule of law. By strength­en­ing in­tra-Party dis­ci­pline, the CPC aims to be­come a much more ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion, so that it can com­pre­hen­sively bring about so­cial changes for the bet­ter­ment of the peo­ple.

The Party lead­er­ship is the fun­da­men­tal ba­sis of re­al­iz­ing the Four Com­pre­hen­sives, while com­pre­hen­sively strength­en­ing Party dis­ci­pline is the premise on which the Party aims to pro­mote the great cause of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics. There­fore, the Four Com­pre­hen­sives are com­ple­men­tary and parts of an in­di­vis­i­ble over­all strat­egy, which ex­plores a broader path for the fu­ture.

Ex­pe­ri­ences since the launch- ing of re­form and open­ing-up show the road to so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics is the de­vel­op­ment path that best suits China’s ac­tual sit­u­a­tions, as its dis­tin­guish­ing fea­tures are con­tin­u­ous ex­plo­ration, im­prove­ment and de­vel­op­ment.

The Four Com­pre­hen­sives, which in fact are a com­bi­na­tion of Marx­ism and Chi­nese prac­tices, are an in­no­va­tive gov­ern­ing strat­egy of the CPC for the new era.

In other words, the Four­pronged Com­pre­hen­sive Strat­egy is the sci­en­tific sum­mary of the CPC’s ex­pe­ri­ences as a rul­ing party. Which makes it not only the new strat­egy of the Party and coun­try to guide China’s de­vel­op­ment, but also the blue­print for the Chi­nese Dream and the ac­tion plan to achieve suc­cess on the road of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Be­sides, the strat­egy can also be seen by other coun­tries and re­gions as the Chi­nese model for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

The Four Com­pre­hen­sives, which in fact are a com­bi­na­tion of Marx­ism and Chi­nese prac­tices, are an in­no­va­tive gov­ern­ing strat­egy of the CPC for the new era.

The au­thor is deputy di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Anti-cor­rup­tion Stud­ies, Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Bei­jing.

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