Party be­ing forged to meet chal­lenges

... it still needs such a spirit on the “New Long March” it has em­barked on to re­sist temp­ta­tions and over­come dif­fi­cul­ties.

China Daily (USA) - - VIEWS -

As top leader of the rul­ing party of the world’s largest and fast-grow­ing de­vel­op­ing coun­try, what kind of po­lit­i­cal party Xi Jin­ping is re­solved to forge and how does he plan to gov­ern a party with a 95-yearold his­tory and more than 88 mil­lion mem­bers that aims to re­al­ize the Chi­nese Dream of na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion?

The an­swers to such ques­tions were of­fered by the just-con­cluded Sixth Plenum of the 18th Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee four years af­ter Xi be­came the Party gen­eral sec­re­tary. At the plenum, Xi made clear the rul­ing party will be forged to deal with var­i­ous crises and chal­lenges within and out­side the Party and the na­tion, and to im­ple­ment the Party lead­er­ship’s de­ci­sions with­out reser­va­tions. He also said the rul­ing party will­have a strong ex­ec­u­tive ca­pa­bil­ityan­drev­o­lu­tion­ary spirit.

Sev­eral po­lit­i­cal par­ties emerged in mod­ern China to free the coun­try and its peo­ple from for­eign op­pres­sion and ag­gres­sion, but all failed in their mis­sion ex­cept the CPC. The CPC’s suc­cess can largely be at­trib­uted to the ex­ten­sive sup­port and en­dorse­ment it gained from the Chi­nese peo­ple. With­out any self­ish in­ter­est, the CPC made un­remit­ting ef­forts for the ben­e­fit of the Chi­nese na­tion and its peo­ple. It is this con­sis­tent rev­o­lu­tion­ary spirit that has won for the CPC the Chi­nese peo­ple’s ex­ten­sive ap­proval and back­ing in mod­ern times and given it the sta­tus of the rul­ing party.

De­spite its past rev­o­lu­tion­ary vic­tory, the CPC to­day faces a series of se­vere tests. For any po­lit­i­cal party, the big­gest chal­lenge af­ter be­com­ing the rul­ing party is how to pre­vent deca­dence. Such tempt­ing fac­tors as power, sta­tus, money and other ma­te­rial ben­e­fits usu­ally start to erode the rev­o­lu­tion­ary spirit of a po­lit­i­cal party af­ter it comes to power.

As Xi said on the 95th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the CPC on July 1, the big­gest test for a rul­ing party is how to re­sist cor­rup­tion. Since the CPC be­came China’s rul­ing party in 1949, some of its mem­bers and cadres have vi­o­lated the lawand Party dis­ci­pline and iso­lated them­selves from the pub­lic. While mak­ing re­mark­able eco­nomic achieve­ments since the adop­tion of re­form and openingup in 1978 and building so­cial­ist mar­ket econ­omy in the coun­try, the CPC has also faced se­ri­ous prob­lems such as the van­ish­ing of its long-cher­ished rev­o­lu­tion­ary spirit.

For a rul­ing party, spir­i­tual deca­dence is the same harm­ful as phys­i­cal deca­dence. The great­est threat to its rul­ing sta­tus is the dis­ap­pear­ance of its be­lief, lax dis­ci­pline and the abuse of power by of­fi­cials for self­ish gains. A very im­por­tant goal of the CPC is to lead the peo­ple to strive for the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion. If the CPC de­pended on an un­yield­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary spirit to foundNewChina in 1949, then it still needs such a spirit on the “NewLongMarch” it has em­barked on to re­sist temp­ta­tions and over­come dif­fi­cul­ties.

Bad be­hav­iors of some of its mem­bers in their po­lit­i­cal life and work­ing style, if unchecked, will weaken the Party’s power and gov­ern­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, dis­tance it from the pub­lic and even­tu­ally en­dan­ger its rul­ing party sta­tus. It is be­cause of such con­cerns that Xi has launched an un­prece­dented cam­paign to com­bat cor­rup­tion and the un­healthy ten­den­cies within the Party since tak­ing of­fice as top Party leader. A series of very strong mea­sures he has taken to fight deca­dent be­hav­iors among Party mem­bers also re­flects his de­ter­mi­na­tion to bet­ter in­herit the rev­o­lu­tion­ary spirit for the rul­ing Party.

It is the ef­fec­tive mea­sures pushed by Xi to pro­mote bet­ter gov­er­nance within the Party that have brought about pos­i­tive changes in the CPC and won the pub­lic praise for be­ing a gov­ern­ing party with res­o­lute be­liefs and good work­ingstyles es­tab­lished dur­ing the rev­o­lu­tion­ary era. The au­thor is a re­searcher at the Bei­jing mu­nic­i­pal Party school.

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