In­sti­tu­tional Re­form with In­tro­spec­tive Revo­lu­tion­ary Spirit

Re­form of Party and state in­sti­tu­tions rep­re­sents an in­tro­spec­tive revo­lu­tion marked by pro­found changes to im­prove gov­er­nance.

China Pictorial (English) - - CONTENTS - Text by Wang Wei

Re­form of Party and state in­sti­tu­tions rep­re­sents an in­tro­spec­tive revo­lu­tion marked by pro­found changes to im­prove gov­er­nance. China con­tin­ues deep­en­ing re­forms in all ar­eas, and only by tack­ling ob­sta­cles and solv­ing prob­lems plagu­ing Party and state in­sti­tu­tional func­tion sys­tems can we im­prove and de­velop the sys­tem of so­cial­ism with Chinese char­ac­ter­is­tics and give full play to the ad­van­tages of China’s so­cial­ist sys­tem.

This re­form is nei­ther a ground­break­ing change to the so­cial sys­tem and po­lit­i­cal struc­ture nor a mi­nor tweak, but a pro­found self-revo­lu­tion.

Marx­ist eco­nomic phi­los­o­phy out­lines the ob­jec­tive laws of the con­tra­dic­tory move­ment and in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the eco­nomic base and the su­per­struc­ture of a so­ci­ety. When the su­per­struc­ture is not fully adapted to the eco­nomic base, it must be changed with re­form to fix the un­der­per­form­ing parts. Proac­tive re­form of the su­per­struc­ture will pro­mote and even greatly eman­ci­pate pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Con­sid­er­ing the con­tin­u­ous de­vel­op­ment and im­prove­ment of the econ­omy, so­ci­ety and liv­ing stan­dards, the su­per­struc­ture has to be con­stantly re­formed to meet new re­quire­ments. This is a ba­sic law of the de­vel­op­ment of hu­man so­ci­ety.

Party and state in­sti­tu­tions be­long to the su­per­struc­ture, so they have to adapt to the re­quire­ments of the eco­nomic base. Dur­ing the process of deep­en­ing re­forms in all ar­eas, the Party and state in­sti­tu­tional func­tion sys­tem is not only an in­te­gral part of so­cial­ism with Chinese char­ac­ter­is­tics, but also pro­vides tremen­dous sup­port for the im­prove­ment of gov­er­nance ca­pac­ity.

Fac­ing new re­quire­ments to ful­fill var­i­ous tasks in the new era, the cur­rent struc­ture and func­tion­al­ity of Party and state in­sti­tu­tions are nei­ther to­tally suit­able for im­ple­ment­ing the five-sphere in­te­grated plan and the four-pronged com­pre­hen­sive strat­egy, nor for mod­ern­iz­ing China’s sys­tem and ca­pac­ity for gov­er­nance. So, deep­en­ing the re­form of Party and state in­sti­tu­tions is a press­ing task.

Re­form of Party and state in­sti­tu­tions will strengthen the su­per­struc­ture and fuel an in­tro­spec­tive self-revo­lu­tion that will ul­ti­mately im­prove the so­cial­ist sys­tem.

As a say­ing goes, when ev­ery mean is ex­hausted, change is needed. Changes cause de­vel­op­ment, and de­vel­op­ment leads to sus­tain­abil­ity. This self-revo­lu­tion through top-level de­sign re­quires ad­just­ment of the so­cial struc­ture and im­prove­ment of so­cial sys­tems from top to bot­tom. It is in­tended to bring pro­found changes that pro­mote the mod­ern­iza­tion of the sys­tem and ca­pac­ity for gov­er­nance of the state. There­fore, it should be well planned and car­ried out in an or­derly man­ner, step-by-step. This re­form should fol­low the prin­ci­ples of ad­her­ing to the over­all lead­er­ship of the Party, com­mit­ting to a peo­ple-cen­tered ap­proach, en­sur­ing op­ti­miza­tion, coordination, and high­ef­fi­ciency and en­sur­ing ev­ery di­men­sion of gov­er­nance is law-based. Any re­form causes tem­po­rary pains, and some even de­mand the de­ter­mi­na­tion of “cut­ting off a limb to save the whole body.”

Friedrich En­gels once re­marked that we must un­der­stand things in re­la­tion to the con­di­tions of our times, and these con­di­tions de­ter­mine how far our un­der­stand­ing will reach. In­sti­tu­tional re­form is a process that will nei­ther be ac­com­plished overnight nor once and for all. It re­quires us to fo­cus on solv­ing prob­lems based on the chang­ing re­al­i­ties. If nec­es­sary, we can drill through moun­tains and build bridges over wa­ters to pro­mote the self-revo­lu­tion of in­sti­tu­tional re­form to its end. The au­thor is an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the In­sti­tute of Marx­ism un­der the Party School of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the CPC.

A man takes a pic­ture in front of the gate of the for­mer Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture. Ac­cord­ing to an in­sti­tu­tional re­struc­tur­ing plan of the State Coun­cil adopted by the na­tional leg­is­la­ture in March, China will es­tab­lish a new Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Af­fairs. The for­mer Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture will be dis­man­tled. VCG

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