New mea­sures will en­sure co­he­sive force and power for the fu­ture

China Daily (USA) - - SIXTH PLENARYSESSION -

For­mer vi­cepres­i­dent of the China Academy of Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion and Su­per­vi­sion

Be­fore the 18th Na­tional Congress of the CPC, there were three prob­lems in­Party gov­er­nance: We tended to say more, but do less; to be strict on the grass­roots but loose on lead­ers; to be se­vere in crit­i­cism but re­laxed in mech­a­nism. Since 2012, such prob­lems have been al­le­vi­ated to a large ex­tent. But we still need to deepen the al­laround re­form, par­tic­u­larly in the po­lit­i­cal sec­tor, to achieve the goal of gov­ern­ing the Party by rules.

Pres­i­den­tXi Jin­ping has noted that we must rely on rules to man­age the Party. Only in this way can the po­lit­i­cal land­scape be re­buil­tand­su­per­vi­sion truly be put into place. Re­searcher at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sci­ences

Now we’ve said goodbye to closed-door Party gov­er­nance, and are grad­u­ally mak­ing Party gov­er­nance more­pub­lic. Forex­am­ple, we’ve seen the doc­u­men­tary Cor­rup­tion Fight is Al­ways Un­der­way, a se­ries pro­duced by the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion and China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion.

We can also learn how the com­mis­sion works through the plen­ti­ful in­for­ma­tion it pub­lishes on its web­site. Mean­while, de­tails have also been re­leased of the pros­e­cu­tions and tri­als of a num­ber of high­rank­ing cor­rupt of­fi­cials. All these give the pub­lic a win­dow into the changes and the process of how the Party is ad­vanc­ing strict gov­er­nance. Pro­fes­sor in Party build­ing at the Chi­nese Academy of Gov­er­nance The lead­er­ship high­lighted an all-out ef­fort to en­force strict Party dis­ci­pline at the Sixth Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

The “all-out” means all Party or­ga­ni­za­tions should­bein­cluded, with­out any ex­cep­tion. The difficulty might lie in the grass­roots groups, such as those in vil­lages and town­ships.

The “all-out” also means strict gov­er­nance shall be ap­plied in all as­pects of the Party, such as ide­ol­ogy de­vel­op­ment, struc­tural con­struc­tion, mem­bers’ work style and life­style. Third, it must be a long-term ef­fort — there’s no end to it. Giv­ing up half­way or do­ing short-term cam­paigns won’t do. Re­searcher at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sci­ences

It is a mile­stone for the Party to is­sue two in­ter­nal dis­ci­pline reg­u­la­tions, es­pe­cially the norms for in­tra-Party po­lit­i­cal life, at the sixth ple­nary meet­ing. It means the Party’s gov­er­nance has be­come stricter and more in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized. The CPC, with more than 88 mil­lion mem­bers, has to rule it­self strictly to en­sure its co­he­sive force and power.

Un­der to­day’s mar­ket econ­omy, ap­ply­ing a strict code of con­duct for in­tra-Party po­lit­i­cal be­hav­ior pre­vents Party mem­bers from be­ing driven by money. It also helps im­prove self-dis­ci­pline among Party mem­bers so that they won’t de­velop com­pla­cency or flat­ter each other. Deputy­di­rec­to­rof the CleanGover­nance Re­search Cen­ter at Pek­ing Univer­sity

Chi­nese courts and pros­e­cut­ing au­thor­i­ties have made great ef­fort in deal­ing with cor­rup­tion cases, and a large num­ber of of­fi­cials ac­cused of graft have been through le­gal pro­ce­dures. It is a huge de­ter­rent against cor­rup­tion, and shows the cen­tral lead­er­ship’s strong de­ter­mi­na­tion to fight graft.

2016 is the year that many “tigers”, or high-level of­fi­cials, face pros­e­cu­tion, tri­als and penal­ties. Many cor­rupt of­fi­cials were pub­licly sen­tenced and pun­ished for tak­ing bribes or em­bez­zling money be­fore the Sixth Ple­nary Ses­sion, which shows the coun­try’s anti-graft de­ter­mi­na­tion. Pro­fes­sor at the Party School of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the CPC

Party reg­u­la­tions and dis­ci­pline are in­stru­ments for self-man­age­ment, and they’ll be­come more com­pre­hen­sive and stricter in the fu­ture.

Not only in­di­vid­u­als who vi­o­late dis­ci­pline shall face pun­ish­ment, but Party or­ga­ni­za­tions and dis­ci­plinary au­thor­i­ties in charge of su­per­vis­ing them shall also bear re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Some peo­ple thought in the past that if they did not vi­o­late dis­ci­pline them­selves, they would not be blamed. But if they are a leader of aParty or­ga­ni­za­tion, and a mem­ber in that or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mits a se­ri­ous breach of dis­ci­pline, they will also be pun­ished for ig­no­rance and fail­ure in su­per­vi­sion. Se­nior re­search fel­low of Hong Kong-based China Ever­bright Hold­ings The two sets of rules adopted at the Sixth Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 18th Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the CPC sym­bol­ize the sys­tem­atic ap­pli­ca­tion of the “com­pletely and strictly gov­ern­ing the Party” strat­egy and will bring the con­tin­u­ous build­ing of the CPC since its birth 95 years ago to an­other his­tor­i­cal high.

The ses­sion has also con­firmed Xi Jin­ping’s role as the core of the lead­er­ship.

All these are nec­es­sary steps to en­sure the CPC is ac­tively re­spond­ing to chal­lenges in global eco­nomic, fi­nan­cial and po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions with the “China So­lu­tion”.

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