Su­per­vi­sion at top called ex­am­ple for the whole Party

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By XUWEI and CAO YIN Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story. Con­tact the writ­ers at xuwei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The Com­mu­nist Party of China pub­lished two sets of dis­ci­plinary rules and norms of con­duct for all mem­bers on Wed­nes­day, as the Party seeks to fur­ther beef up the su­per­vi­sion of se­nior of­fi­cials.

The two reg­u­la­tions, which were ap­proved at the Sixth Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee on Thurs­day, in­clude a new ver­sion of the norms for po­lit­i­cal life within the Party and a re­vised in­tra­party su­per­vi­sion reg­u­la­tion.

Both reg­u­la­tions, which took ef­fect on Wed­nes­day, have made se­nior Party of­fi­cials the key su­per­vi­sion tar­get and stress strict Party gov­er­nance and elim­i­na­tion of priv­i­leges within the Party.

Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, said while ex­plain­ing the two new reg­u­la­tions to the com­mit­tee that po­lit­i­cal life in the Party has been gen­er­ally good. How­ever, promi­nent prob­lems re­main and ur­gently need to be ad­dressed, he added.

Xi’s re­marks, made dur­ing the sixth ple­nary ses­sion last week, were made public on Wed­nes­day.

He said both reg­u­la­tions have pri­or­i­tized the su­per­vi­sion of se­nior Party of­fi­cials, es­pe­cially those in the top Party lead­er­ship, be­cause en­hanc­ing the su­per­vi­sion of those of­fi­cials will set an ex­am­ple for the whole Party.

He cited a num­ber of faults among Party mem­bers, in­clud­ing lax dis­ci­pline, de­tach­ment from the peo­ple, ar­bi­trari­ness and in­ac­tion, acts of in­di­vid­u­al­ism, fac­tion­al­ism, money wor­ship­ping and vi­o­la­tions linked to bu­reau­cracy, he­do­nism and ex­trav­a­gance.

In par­tic­u­lar, he said, a hand­ful of se­nior Party of­fi­cials, over­come by their po­lit­i­cal crav­ings and lust for power, have re­sorted to po­lit­i­cal con­spir­a­cies by os­ten­si­bly work­ing obe­di­ently while form­ing cliques to pur­sue self­ish in­ter­ests.

He listed Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xi­lai, Guo Box­iong, Xu Cai­hou and Ling Ji­hua as ex­am­ples, cit­ing their eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal mis­deeds.

“The cases have not only ex­posed their se­ri­ous mis­deeds in eco­nomic terms, but also their se­ri­ous prob­lems in po­lit­i­cal terms. The lessons were learned the hard­way,” he said.

“It made us re­al­ize that we need to pri­or­i­tize the Party’s ide­o­log­i­cal and po­lit­i­cal build­ing and cre­ate a clean and up­right po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment,” Xi added.

Zhen Xiaoy­ing, a pro­fes­sor of Party the­ory at the Cen­tral In­sti­tute of So­cial­ism, said: “The se­nior of­fi­cials are the back­bone of the Party. ... The su­per­vi­sion of them will ben­e­fit the en­tire Party.”

Wu Hui, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of Party gov­er­nance at the CPC Cen­tral Party School, said the reg­u­la­tion on in­tra­Party su­per­vi­sion was for­mu­lated in the 1980s, but many items needed to be up­dated to deal with the sit­u­a­tion that the Party faces in the new era.

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