Strict self-governance for stronger Party
The move for stricter self-governance is essentially aimed at ensuring the Party and its leading officials do not forget their original missions.
Among a series of core governance concepts put forward by the Communist Party of China since its 18thNational Congress in late 2012, the Party has deeply impressed the public with the one about stricter self-governance.
Looking back, people would realize that the Party’s campaign for stricter self-governance did help tighten its lax discipline, clean its tainted political ecology, eliminate unhealthy social trends within the Party, and inject into the country fresh vitality for further development.
The campaign for stricter governance within the Party is aimed at strengthening inner-CPC discipline, which had remained lax for years, preventing extravagance and squandering of public money by officials, eliminating “unspoken rules” and purifying the decadent political ecology. The CPC’s past campaigns to rectify the deviating tendencies of its members and promote stricter self-governance indicate that such campaigns played a big role in the survival of the Party and saving the revolution in China’s history. One of the key factors of the CPC’s success has been its strong organizing and governing capabilities, and strict discipline.
The crux of how to better deal with the nation’s affairs lies in the Party, its self-management and stricter self-governance. And the vow to promote stricter governance within the Party at the justconcluded Sixth Plenum of 18th CPC Central Committee demonstrates the CPC’s resolve to continue the campaign and combat corruption. It also reflects the Party’s crystal-clear stance that any clues of corruption will be investigated without exception, and there is no hiding place for corrupt officials within the Party.
Infour years, a series of measures taken by theParty withXi Jinping as its general secretary has brought aboutenormouschanges in thePartyandthe country, andopened new vistas for furtherdevelopment. The capability, courage, insight and boldness Xi has shown have strengthened his authority and won him the honor of the core of the Party.
In these times, the core is of great significance to the Party’s unity and the country’s stability and development. When confronted with the challenge posed by an important mission, the Party should have its own powerful core leader. And that Xi is now the core will help the Party lay a sound political foundation for its 19th National Congress in 2017.
At the plenum, the CPC made clear that stricter Party governance must start with the introduction of measures for Party members to lead a strict political life. The newstricter requirements for Party members’ political life are different from those that previously tolerated some Party organizations to lead a casual and nonbinding political life. The lack of strict intra-Party political life led to the formation of the “one voice” and even cliques within some Party organizations.
To avoid this, the Party now emphasizes the implementation of democratic centralism, the criticism and self-criticism system as well as intra-Party supervision to form a serious and democratic atmosphere within the Party and ensure the Party’s decision-makings are correct.
As a significant step toward institutionalized Party building, the CPC has issued two documents: one aimed at introducing a code of conduct for Party members and the other at conducting intraParty supervision. These will serve as the core institutional documents for promoting stricter Party governance.
The move for stricter self-governance is essentially aimed at ensuring the Party and its leading officials do not forget their original missions. With a self-restrained intra-Party political life and strengthened intra-Party supervision, the CPC will always keep in mind its mission to serve the people. People’s support helped the Party foundNewChina in 1949 and achieve remarkable progress in the decades that followed. To sustain this public support, the Party must adhere to a self-restrained intra-Party political life and strengthen intra-Party supervision to achieve a victory in its “NewLongMarch”. The author is an associate professor at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.