A Chinese national flag flutters at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square on Tuesday. The hall will host the opening ceremony of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Wednesday. Photo: VCG
The Communist Party of China (CPC) will further comprehensively strengthen Party discipline, including its crackdown on corruption, and has vowed to map out reforms to the political system, a spokesman said Tuesday, on the eve of the 19th CPC National Congress.
The 19th CPC Congress plays an important role in China’s future development as the world has its eyes on it, and the CPC will map out new plans for the country, analysts noted.
“The CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has made strengthening Party self-discipline as part of the Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy, promoting Party members’ compliance with the Party spirit and fighting corruption since the 18th CPC Congress,” Tuo Zhen, congress spokesman, told a press conference on Tuesday.
“China’s anti-graft campaign will continue. We will further exercise strict self-governance in every aspect with greater resolve, courage and efforts to achieve results that satisfy the people,” Tuo said.
He said the 19th CPC Congress will also examine a work report of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).
“Focusing on discipline for the Party’s advanced nature and purity in a more open society ruled by law guarantees China’s future development,” Cai Zhiqiang, a professor at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, told the Global Times.
China has maintained a tough stance on corruption and exercised strict self-governance in every respect in the past five years, which helps enhance Party competence as the core of leadership and wins public support, Cai said, adding that the CPC will focus more on completing a more detailed intra-Party regulation system to further enhance the Party’s integrity.
“The CPC has written 90 intra-Party regulations, conducted 12 rounds of inspections at 277 Party organizations … the CPC has adopted a zero tolerance stance on corrupt members, making sure no one escapes sanctions and that government officials “dare not, cannot and refuse to engage in corruption,” Tuo said.
Tuo Zhen also noted that the CPC plans to strengthen a supervisory system for greater authority and efficiency.
According to a decision made by the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, new supervision committees will be piloted in Beijing and in Shanxi and Zhejiang provinces, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
The supervision committee will work together with the CCDI under the leadership of the Party committee, which represents the merging of intra-Party supervision and discipline, and national supervision as well as running the Party through regulations and ruling the country by law, Tuo said.
Tuo Zhen (center), spokesman for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, speaks at a press conference on Tuesday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua
An even better future
The 19th CPC Party Congress’ other items on the agenda include hearing and examining a report submitted by the 18th CPC Central Committee, deliberating and adopting an amendment to the Party’s Constitution and electing the Party’s 19th Central Committee and its 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
“China has gained valuable experience during the past five years and the CPC has developed new plans for the country, which need to be included in the Party’s Constitution. An amendment to the Party Constitution would help enhance its cohesion and creativity as well as make a more complete and scientific path for the country,” Zhi Zhenfeng, a legal expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.
A new central leadership will be elected after the 19th CPC Congress and the changes are closely related to the continuity of big national policies, as China enters a crucial phase of building a moderately prosperous society, Zhi said.
“China’s unique cultural traditions and historical experiences show that we must stick to the socialist path. And the past achievements prove that we are choosing the right path, with China’s success in lifting 13.91 million people out of poverty each year from 2012 to 2016 as an example,” Zhi said.
The 19th CPC Congress will also map out overall reform measures to the country’s political system and other systems, Tuo said, adding that “we will unswervingly move toward the goal of improving and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics and modernizing China’s state governance system and capability,” Tuo said.
Source: Global Times