CPC doc­u­men­tary ex­am­ines re­forms ahead of congress

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China started to air a 10-episode po­lit­i­cal doc­u­men­tary on Mon­day on State me­dia to show­case the progress achieved by the Com­mu­nist Party of China dur­ing the past five years amid its on­go­ing ef­forts to com­pre­hen­sively deepen re­form.

The CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee or­ga­nized the film­ing of the doc­u­men­tary, car­ry­ing the re­form through to the end. The first episode was broad­cast on the China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion and its new me­dia out­lets on Mon­day evening.

Topics of the doc­u­men­tary se­ries in­clude the econ­omy, pol­i­tics, so­cial man­age­ment, Chi­nese cul­ture, en­vi­ron­ment, the armed forces and the Party’s self-gov­er­nance.

The doc­u­men­tary high­lighted Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s im­por­tant speeches and his new thoughts on the gov­er­nance of China. It fo­cuses on the achieve­ments made by the CPC in deep­en­ing re­forms since the Party’s 18th Na­tional Congress in Novem­ber 2012. Xi was elected as gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee at the first Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

The CPC is go­ing to hold its 19th Na­tional Congress later this year. An­a­lysts said the po­lit­i­cal doc­u­men­tary will be help­ful to make the congress a suc­cess, as it could en­cour­age the whole Party and the pub­lic to make con­tin­u­ous ef­forts to deepen re­forms and strive for the re­al­iza­tion of the Chi­nese dream of a great re­ju­ve­na­tion of the na­tion.

Since Xi be­came gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, re­form has emerged as a hall­mark of his ad­min­is­tra­tion. His first trip out­side Bei­jing as the gen­eral sec­re­tary was to Guang­dong prov­ince in late 2012, which has been at the fore­front of China’s decades­long re­form and open­ing-up drive.

Xi headed the Cen­tral Lead­ing Group for Deep­en­ing Over­all Re­form, es­tab­lished in late 2013. The group has had 36 meet­ings so far to dis­cuss a wide range of is­sues, in­clud­ing poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, health­care, em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tion, all aimed at im­prov­ing peo­ple’s lives.

Zhang Zhuoyuan, a se­nior eco­nomic re­searcher from the Chi­nese Acad­emy of So­cial Sci­ences, said the pub­lic has high ex­pec­ta­tions from the Cen­tral Lead­ing Group be­cause China’s re­forms have en­tered the “deep wa­ter zone”, which needs more of a push from the top lead­er­ship.

Zhu Li­jia, a pro­fes­sor of pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion at the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Gov­er­nance, said that by broad­cast­ing the po­lit­i­cal doc­u­men­tary the CPC has sent a sig­nal that com­pre­hen­sively deep­en­ing re­forms will con­tinue to be the main task of the Party in the com­ing years.

“In the past, China’s re­form mainly fo­cused on the eco­nomic area. The re­form has be­come more com­pre­hen­sive since the Party’s 18th Na­tional Congress, cov­er­ing all ar­eas with in­sti­tu­tional build­ing,” he said.

The CPC faces lots of un­cer­tain­ties and chal­lenges, both do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, he said, adding that only through deep­en­ing re­form will the Party re­solve the prob­lems suc­cess­fully.

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