Dis­ci­pline helps unite Party

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - — PEO­PLE’S DAILY

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, the Com­mu­nist Party of China’s top anti-cor­rup­tion watch­dog, an­nounced on Mon­day that Sun Zheng­cai, the for­mer Party chief of Chongqing, was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated on suspicion of se­ri­ous dis­ci­pline vi­o­la­tions. This once again demon­strates the un­wa­ver­ing de­ter­mi­na­tion of the Party’s Cen­tral Com­mit­tee with Com­rade Xi Jin­ping as the core to pro­mote stricter gov­er­nance of the Party.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Sun also in­di­cates that the top lead­er­ship’s fight against cor­rup­tion is still on­go­ing and its cam­paign for hon­est and clean gov­er­nance of the Party will not cease.

Strict dis­ci­pline serves as an im­por­tant guar­an­tee for the whole Party to unite its will. The in­ves­ti­ga­tions into a se­ries of se­nior Party and mil­i­tary of­fi­cials, such as Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xi­lai, Xu Cai­hou, Guo Box­iong and Ling Ji­hua, for their vi­o­la­tions of Party rules or the na­tion’s laws, tes­ti­fies that the Party’s lead­er­ship will by no means al­low any in­di­vid­ual or group to be free from the re­straints of the Party’s dis­ci­pline. Any­one, no mat­ter how se­nior, will be se­verely pun­ished once they are con­firmed to have vi­o­lated Party dis­ci­pline or the law.

Con­sid­er­ing that vi­o­la­tions of the Party’s rules by se­nior of­fi­cials cause great dam­age to the Party’s im­age and au­thor­ity, Party chief Xi Jin­ping has re­peat­edly stressed that se­nior of­fi­cials should be loyal to the Party, ful­fill their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the Party’s bid for stricter self-gov­er­nance, main­tain the bot­tom line of Party dis­ci­pline and set an ex­am­ple for rank-and-file of­fi­cials.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Sun should prompt all lead­ing of­fi­cials to adopt a staunch po­lit­i­cal stance, a tem­pered po­lit­i­cal qual­ity, and strengthen their self-re­straint and ad­here to clean gov­er­nance and com­pli­ance with Party dis­ci­pline and the na­tion’s laws.

Only with strong dis­ci­pline can we have strong Party of­fi­cials. All Party mem­bers should be united, both ide­o­log­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally, with the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee with Xi as the core for the up­com­ing 19th Na­tional Congress of the CPC.

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