Strict new Party dis­ci­pline rules on way

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - ByCAO YIN in Beijing caoyin@chi­

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.”

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