Xi as core is key to Chi­nese Dream

Ef­forts to strengthen self-gov­er­nance within the Party and elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion have made re­mark­able progress.

China Daily (USA) - - VIEWS -

The Sixth Plenum of the 18th Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee last month an­nounced mea­sures to strengthen Party build­ing un­der the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and pro­vided new guide­lines for stricter self-gov­er­nance of the Party. By do­ing so, the plenum aims to fur­ther im­prove the Party’s in­sti­tu­tional sys­tem.

More im­por­tantly, the plenum be­stowed the honor of Party “core” on top lead­erXi Jin­ping, which is of great sig­nif­i­cance to the Party’s po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, as well as the na­tion’s de­vel­op­ment.

The com­mu­niqué is­sued by the plenum called on all Party mem­bers to “closely unite around the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee with Com­rade Xi Jin­ping as the core”, in or­der to push for­ward the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests of the Party and the na­tion. That the core is cru­cial for the gov­er­nance of the coun­try and the Party is the pre­cious ex­pe­ri­ence the CPC has gath­ered dur­ing its 95-year his­tory.

The Party to­day is lead­ing the Chi­nese peo­ple to re­al­ize the “two cen­te­nary goals”— es­tab­lish­ing a mod­er­ately well-off so­ci­ety in all as­pects by the time the CPC cel­e­brates its cen­te­nary in 2021, and trans­form­ing China into a pros­per­ous, demo­cratic and har­mo­nious mod­ern so­cial­ist coun­try by the time the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China cel­e­brates its cen­te­nary in 2049.

The Party also shoul­ders the his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity of achiev­ing the Chi­nese na­tion’s great re­ju­ve­na­tion, for which it is nec­es­sary to closely unite around the core of the Party’s lead­er­ship.

The core is crit­i­cal to strength­en­ing the Party’s lead­er­ship and pro­mot­ing the Party’s de­vel­op­ment un­der newhis­tor­i­cal con­di­tions. It will also pro­mote the strat­egy of “four com­pre­hen­sives”: com­pre­hen­sively build­ing a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety, com­pre­hen­sively deep­en­ing re­form, com­pre­hen­sively im­ple­ment­ing the rule of lawand com­pre­hen­sively strength­en­ing Party gov­er­nance. And it will strengthen the great cause of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Since the 18th CPCNa­tional Congress, Xi has led the en­tire Party, mil­i­tary and peo­ple of all eth­nic groups in the coun­try to make sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in es­tab­lish­ing so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics. He has also led the Party and coun­try to re­al­ize the goals of fur­ther re­form and de­vel­op­ment. Deep­en­ing re­form in an all-round way has be­come the theme of the times, and eco­nomic struc­tural trans­for­ma­tion has been steadily pro­moted, earn­ing China greater say and more in­flu­ence in the world.

Party build­ing, too, has made great progress. Af­ter the Party im­ple­mented the eight-point code for of­fi­cials to main­tain close ties with the peo­ple, for­mal­ism, bu­reau­cratism, ex­trav­a­gance and cor­rup­tion within the CPC have been ef­fec­tively curbed.

In par­tic­u­lar, ef­forts to strengthen self-gov­er­nance within the Party and elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion have made re­mark­able progress, win­ning wide pub­lic sup­port.

The Party and the coun­try, led by Xi, have ac­com­plished many goals since the 18th Par­tyNa­tional Congress, re­ceiv­ing the praise of the Chi­nese peo­ple.

But China still faces chal­lenges in deep­en­ing re­form in an all­round way, and a lot still needs to be done to strictly gov­ern the Party. This re­quires the lead­er­ship to im­ple­ment the strat­egy of the “four com­pre­hen­sives” with more po­lit­i­cal courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion. And the core sta­tus of Xi will play a highly sig­nif­i­cant role in achiev­ing these tasks and re­al­iz­ing the “two cen­te­nary goals”.

We have rea­sons to be­lieve that un­der the lead­er­ship of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee with Xi as its core, the Party and the coun­try will even­tu­ally re­al­ize the great Chi­nese Dream. The au­thor is deputy direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Anti-cor­rup­tion Stud­ies, Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy of Bei­jing.

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