Strict new Party discipline rules on way
The Communist Party of China opened a top-level meeting in Beijing on Monday to institutionalize the experience from its four-year-long anti-corruption campaign.
In the four-day meeting, two sets of internal discipline measures, stricter than ever in the reform era, will be officially enacted by the CPC Central Committee, and these will be applied to all officials and ordinary members of the Party.
The two sets of rules are norms for intra-Party political behavior and the amendment of an intra-Party supervision regulation.
Known as the 6th Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, the meeting may also pave the way for the election of a new Central Committee, which is elected every five years, at a CPC national congress in 2017.
Every Central Committee’s 6th plenum deals with the healthy development of the Party organization.
Since Xi Jinping took office as the Party’s leader, an anticorruption campaign has swept across the country and has rooted out many officials charged with abusing power and misusing public funds for personal gains.
This year alone, 32 ministerial-level officials have stood trial, of whom 14 have been sentenced for graft-related charges, including bribery and embezzlement, according to Legal Daily.
On Oct 9, for example, Bai Enpei, former head of Qinghai and Yunnan provinces, was given a suspended death sentence for bribery. He is the first high-ranking official who has no chance of parole under the revised Criminal Law.
Zhen Xiaoying, a professor from the Central Institute of Socialism, said that Party members must follow stricter discipline and receive Wu Hui, stricter internal and external supervision.
“Some requirements in the Party ordinances are not written in laws, such as improper sex relations, but that doesn’t mean that any Party member’s offense will not be punished,” Zhen said. “Instead, the person must face harsh disciplinary punishment.”
She said that now “is the right time to turn the good experience of the anti-corruption campaign since Xi took the Party leadership four years ago into a system” to ensure more effective supervision of members.
“It’s encouraging to see the focus of supervision is to be placed on high-ranking officials, to ensure that the Party’s leading echelon will set a good example for the lower ranks,” she said.
The Party needs to learn from the exposed problems and should start using clear rules to regulate all members’ behavior, Zhen added.
Wu Hui, associate professor at the CPC Central Party School, said: “The Chinese political system requires that Party members must follow stricter rules than laws. It’s time to make it more effective and be more closely followed.”