Diplomats hold pos­i­tive view of CPC’s fu­ture

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHANG ZHIHAO zhangzhi­hao@chi­nadaily.com.cn

For­eign na­tions are main­tain­ing a pos­i­tive out­look for the Com­mu­nist Party of China as it en­ters a new­era with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping as the core leader and strict in­ter­nal over­sights, for­eign of­fi­cials said on Fri­day.

More than 220 diplomats and se­nior of­fi­cials from 130 coun­tries at­tended a brief­ing or­ga­nized by the In­ter­na­tional Depart­ment of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee on the out­comes of the just-ended sixth ple­nary ses­sion of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

Guo Yezhou, the depart­ment’s deputy min­is­ter, hosted the event andQ&Asec­tions be­tween diplomats and se­nior CPC of­fi­cials Tian Peiyan and Miao Qing­wang, who helped draft the plenum com­mu­nique.

“This is a good op­por­tu­nity for diplomats to bet­ter un­der­standChina’s in­tra­party ecol­ogy be­fore the 19th CPC Na­tional Congress next year,” said Ali Mu­rat Er­soy, Turkey’s am­bas­sador to China.

The sixth ple­nary ses­sion, held from Oct 24 to 27, is­sued a reg­u­la­tion on the norms of in­tra­party po­lit­i­cal life and a re­vi­sion of in­tra­party su­per­vi­sion reg­u­la­tion, with de­tails rang­ing from up­hold­ing Party rule to pro­hibit­ing flat­tery.

“This demon­strates the Party’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to strictly reg­u­late it­self and in­sti­tu­tion­al­ize su­per­vi­sion for clean Party and govern­ment,” said Miao, head of the re­search of­fice of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­plinary In­spec­tion.

The ses­sion also es­tab­lished Xi as the “core” leader of the Party. “Un­der his lead­er­ship, China will reach its goal of build­ing a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety for 1.4 bil­lion peo­ple,” said Guo.

But China still faces many in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal chal­lenges.

The four chal­lenges the Party needs to over­come are longterm gov­er­nance, open­ing-up, a mar­ket econ­omy and ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ments, said Tian, head of the Party build­ing bureau of the Pol­icy Re­search Of­fice of CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

Party mem­bers also have to be­ware of the four dan­gers: lack of dis­ci­pline and spirit, in­com­pe­tence, alien­ation from the peo­ple and cor­rup­tion, he said.

In the global con­text, com­pe­ti­tion among na­tions is high­lighted by the con­flict in ide­ol­ogy, method­ol­ogy and ef­fi­ciency, Tian said. “Only through im­prov­ing the Party can we strengthen its gov­ern­ing ca­pac­ity and the lead­er­ship of the coun­try.

“For a party with 88 mil­lion mem­bers, it is bet­ter to take care of dis­ci­pline in­stead of let­ting it run its way,” said Leonidas Rokanas, Greece’s am­bas­sador to China.

Dis­ci­pline is good be­cause it forces the Party to fo­cus on its goals of poverty al­le­vi­a­tion and build­ing a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety, he added.

Au­gustin Buregeya, the first sec­re­tary of the Re­pub­lic of Rwanda, said the Party needs strong lead­er­ship and a high level of dis­ci­pline to weed out cor­rup­tion.

“Pres­i­dent Xi is the vi­sion­ary lead­erChina needs to push for­ward its govern­ment and so­cial trans­for­ma­tion,” Buregeya said.

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