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.

China Daily (USA) - - VIEWS -

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.

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