‘No wrong­do­ing shall be ig­nored’ by Party

Su­per­vi­sors be­ing made to an­swer for the il­le­gal acts of un­der­lings to en­cour­age a cul­ture of re­spon­si­bil­ity


Town­ship dis­ci­plinary sec­re­tary Wu Yong­ping was taken by sur­prise when he was sum­moned to a harshly worded talk by his su­per­vi­sors at the county level.

Wu is a thirty-some­thing as­pir­ing cadre in Yangqiao Town­ship in south­west­ern Guizhou prov­ince. The hours­long dis­ci­plinary talk was to in­form him that a vil­lage-level of­fi­cial un­der his su­per­vi­sion em­bez­zled 4,000 yuan ($590) in funds meant for sheep-rais­ing last year. It was de­ter­mined that Wu had failed to prop­erly su­per­vise and pre­vent the wrong­do­ing.

The stern re­minder to Wu was part of a provincewide dis­ci­plinary cam­paign of the Com­mu­nist Party of China that started this year. Onan un­prece­dented large scale, the cam­paign is aimed at de­ter­ring Party dis­ci­plinary of­fenses and nip­ping them in the bud.

From Jan­uary to Septem­ber, more than 148,000 of­fi­cials were sub­ject to these dis­ci­plinary talks.

“The ad­mo­ni­tions are aimed at keep­ing us fo­cused on do­ing our jobs right and stay­ing away from mi­nor or ma­jor wrong­do­ings,” said Wu.

Dur­ing the cam­paign, more than 3,200 of­fi­cials were pun­ished, ac­cord­ing to the Guizhou pro­vin­cial CPC com­mit­tee.

“No CPC mem­ber shall be left out of su­per­vi­sion. No wrong­do­ing shall be ig­nored and we shall do all we can to pre­vent a cadre from be­com­ing cor­rupt,” said Huang Wen­sheng, deputy sec­re­tary of the Guizhou Party dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

“Such talks are not only nec­es­sary, but key to en­sur­ing day-to-day su­per­vi­sion,” said An Zhi­fang, pro­fes­sor of pub­lic man­age­ment at Guizhou Univer­sity.

“Skirt­ing around dis­ci­pline has been com­mon within the Party, and of­ten few peo­ple bother to con­front mi­nor wrong­do­ings. But we should know that turn­ing a blind eye to prob­lems is equal to en­cour­ag­ing them. It is im­por­tant to pre-empt be­fore grave prob­lems arise,” he said.

Since the 18th CPC Na­tional Congress in 2012, the CPC has launched fierce anti-graft cam­paigns and re­in­forced the gov­er­nance of the Party.

Prov­inces have been un­der pres­sure to reg­u­late be­hav­ior of CPC mem­bers and of­fi­cials.

“The gov­er­nance of the CPC con­cerns the gov­er­nance of the na­tion and the peo­ple’s well-be­ing,” said Liu Zhexin, pro­fes­sor with China Ex­ec­u­tive Lead­er­ship Academy based in Shang­hai.

“The rul­ing party is like a brain that should func­tion well with the myr­iad cells of so­ci­ety.

“The pub­lic ex­pects it to keep clean and shield it­self from the ero­sion of graft. It needs a strin­gent sys­tem of rules to hold power in check. This is what the CPC is do­ing,” said Liu.

At a gath­er­ing last week to com­mem­o­rate the 80th an­niver­sary of the suc­cess of the Long March, which ce­mented the vic­tory of the Chi­nese rev­o­lu­tion, Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, stressed strength­en­ing the lead­er­ship of the Party and strictly gov­ern­ing the Party in or­der to achieve the na­tion’s goals.

He pledged unswerv­ing ef­forts to pro­mote clean gov­er­nance, fight cor­rup­tion and strengthen the Party’s abil­ity to in­no­vate as well as to pu­rify and im­prove it­self.

“To­day, our ‘Long March’ is to re­al­ize the ‘two centenary goals’ and the Chi­nese dream of na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion,” Xi said in the speech.

The two goals are build­ing a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety in all re­spects by the time the CPC cel­e­brates its centenary in 2021, and turn­ing the na­tion into a mod­ern so­cial­ist coun­try that is pros­per­ous, strong, demo­cratic, cul­tur­ally ad­vanced and har­mo­nious in time for the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China to mark its cen­ten­nial in 2049.


Del­e­gates to the Sixth Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee voted on Thurs­day in Bei­jing on two doc­u­ments deal­ing with the dis­ci­pline of the Party.

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