Weekly Report 4|30 6.5.2021-6.11.2021
Xi Jinping conducted an inspection tour of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (see Senior Leaders section).
People’s Daily published two successive commentaries under the Xuan Yan (宣言) byline, commemorating the Chinese Communist Party’s centenary (see Propaganda Work section).
The Central Committee and State Council jointly issued an Opinion aimed at addressing income inequality through the establishment of a “common prosperity” demonstration zone in Zhejiang province (see Senior Leaders section).
The 29th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress held in Beijing: Committees Deliberate the Hainan Free Trade Port Draft Law, the Stamp Tax Draft Law, and the Countering Foreign Sanctions Draft Law
6.7 The 29th meeting of the 13th National People’s Congress Standing Committee that was held in Beijing. The Committee heard a report on deliberations related to the Data Security Draft Law, the Hainan Free Trade Port Draft Law, various military-related pieces of legislation such as the Draft Law on the Protection of Status, Rights and Interests of Military Personnel, and the draft revision of the Military Facilities Protection Law. A draft amendment to the Workplace Safety Law, and the Stamp Tax Draft Law related to China’s current tax frameworks were also examined. The Constitution and Law Committee found the drafts well-developed and recommended they be submitted to the Standing Committee for approval. In addition, attendees heard reports covering deliberations on the Countering Foreign Sanctions Law, and a revised draft of the Legal Aid Law, which seeks to expand the coverage of civil and administrative legal aid. The Constitution and Law Committee presented a report on the revised Doctors Law to strengthen practice norms, legal responsibilities and safety practices. The Constitution and Law Committee also proposed plans to address the Vocational Education Law, Audit law, and Pudong New Area regulations.
Commissioned by the State Council, Minister of Finance, Liu Kun (刘昆) delivered a report on the government’s 2020 accounts. According to his report, 100% of government budgets were used in 2020, leaving China with an RMB 2.78 trillion deficit. Also commissioned by the State Council, Hou Kai (侯凯) reported the implementation of the 2020 central budget after which he recommended maintaining macro policy continuity and stability, standardizing reforms, improving financial management. Vice Chairman of the Economic and Finance Committee Shi Yaobin (史耀斌) stated that he believes the State Council and other departments will adequately implement the “six stabilities” as well as the “six guarantees,” reduce expenditures and stabilize the economy. Additional reports regarding transportation, environmental protection, and law popularization were also delivered. Following inspections examining the enforcement of the Chinese Medicine Law, a subsequent report was presented to the Standing Committee putting forth the need to further develop Chinese Medicine management, improve services and expand the field’s scientific research and capacity.
Central Committee Releases Opinion On Deepening Reform of State-Owned Literary and Artistic Troupes
6.8 The General Office of the Central Committee of the CCP and the General Office of the State Council jointly released an Opinion titled “On Deepening Reform of State Literature and Art Troupes.” It was accompanied by a notice which requested every district and department to implement it as their circumstances allow. The article pointed out that the Party Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core has placed a high-degree of emphasis on work in the literary and artistic fields (especially since the 18th National Congress of the CPC) and this publication furthers such an emphasis.
The first section of the document requested government bodies to implement Xi JinpingThought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and the spirit of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th plenary sessions of the 19th National Congress of the CPC as guiding ideologies for state-owned literature and art troupes, and to use troupe performances to “satisfy the people’s demands for the enriching culture of a beautiful life.” It asked departments to implement Party leadership involvement in the reform, to root artists among the people as the environment for their inspiration, to prioritize artistic production for social benefit, and to utilize government support and policies as reforms drive further development. It clarified the main goals for state-owned literature and art troupe reform as being for the troupes to become leaders in the entertainment/performance industry and to perform in high quality productions equitably available to the people, even supporting the construction of more theatres and facilities for the performing arts and adding seats to pre-existing ones.
The second section outlined specific objectives, which included: having state-owned literature and art troupes take responsibility for producing works along the lines of national themes, making the people the focus of productions with modern themes (as well as works related to patriotism, the military, history, the Great Revolution (大革命) and to young people), incentivising performers to improve the quality and quantity of their performances, and garnering community support for putting on state-owned troupe performances.
The third and final section concluded by counseling leaders to be involved in managing this initiative, to implement policies supporting the state troupes and, “heighten their ability to produce, engage in intercultural artistic exchanges, transmit cultural heritage, and open shows for the benefit of the people.” It also designated state-owned literature and art troupes as the “backbone for socialist arts to develop and flourish” and as a public cultural service. The Opinion ended with a call to “improve mechanisms for developing, bringing in, managing, supporting, and rewarding talent,” and to cultivate the reserves of young “screenwriters, composers, directors, performers, stage light technicians, stage artists, and stage managers and supervisors.”
Hu Chunhua Presides Over the Opening of the First Plenary Meeting of the Organizing Committee of the China International Fair for Trade in Services
6.7 State Council Vice Premier and China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) Organizing Committee Chair Hu Chunhua (胡春华) presided over the first plenary meeting of the CIFTIS Organizing Committee in Beijing and gave a speech. In his speech, Hu said it was necessary to “conscientiously and practically implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important directives, reliably carry out preparation work well and strive to build the world’s most influential, first-class trade in services exhibition according to the Party Central Committee and the State Council’s strategic decisions and deployments on the foundation of experience.” Hu observed that this year was the centenary of the Party’s founding, “the beginning of the 14th Five Year Plan, and the start of a new journey of comprehensively building a modern socialist country,” so holding a successful trade in services fair was extremely significant. Consequently, he said organizers must adhere to a high standard, plan well, intensify preparation work, and focus on key points as they prepare for the fair. Further, Hu exhorted the Committee to “accelerate the implementation of the important series of major decisions on open cooperation in the services industry declared by General Secretary Xi Jinping last year and strive to see results quickly.” He also emphasized the importance of “firmly defending the bottom line of epidemic prevention” to ensure a safe event. Finally, Hu said that all members should work together to ensure the event is a complete success.
Beijing Municipal Party Secretary and CIFTIS Organizing Committee First Vice Chair Cai Qi (蔡奇) also attended.
Xi Jinping Sends Congratulatory Letter to Second China-CEEC Expo
6.8 Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the second China-Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) Expo on 8 June. In his letter, Xi pointed out that the “China-CEEC cooperation mechanism is an important platform for China and CEECs to further [their] friendship, expand cooperation, and jointly seek development.” He noted that the China-CEEC Leaders’ Summit was successfully held in February and that at the time he had emphasized expanding mutually beneficial cooperation and a plan to import goods from CEECs, which includes doubling agricultural import products from the CEECs in the next five years and promoting the construction of trade zones. Xi emphasized that holding the China-CEEC Expo is “beneficial for expanding CEEC exports to China, and to all sides to overcome the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 epidemic and promote economic recovery.” He also expressed hope that all sides will treat this as an opportunity to explore the cooperation potential and expand the space for cooperation.
Han Zheng Hosts Symposium at the State Administration of Grain and Reserves and Emphasizes Doing Solid Work on the Reform and Development of Grain and Reserves, Firmly Holding the Food Security Initiative
6.8 Han Zheng (韩正) hosted a symposium at the State Administration of Grain and Reserves to study and implement Xi Jinping’s instructions on ensuring food security and summarize the reform and development of grain and reserves, among other things. Han pointed out that food security is an “important foundation of national security” and that the Central Committee of the CCP has made a series of important arrangements to ensure it. After fully affirming the achievements in grain and reserves work, he noted the work that still needs to be done. He stated the importance of improving infrastructure, renovating and upgrading storage facilities, and increasing reserves capacity. He also discussed the need to prioritize safety production in storage and improve the level of safety management.
Implement the Relevant Provisions of the Minor Protection Law: Comprehensively Caring for the Physical and Mental Health of Young People People’s Daily 6.8 The State Council Leading Group for the Protection of Minors issued “Opinions of the State Council Leading Group for the Protection of Minors on Strengthening the Protection of Minors.” The Opinions seek to strengthen family guardianship responsibilities and school protection work, as well as increase social protection efforts. The Ministry of Civil Affairs will supervise the handling of cases infringing upon the rights of minors. The newly revised Law on the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency was implemented on 1 June and efforts launched to retrieve the more than 1,700 youth who have been abducted, strengthen anti-drug education, promote the “one-stop” approach for handling juvenile cases, and protect the physical and mental rights of minors.
In response to bullying in schools and left-behind children, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security issued the “Opinions on the Proper Aid and Protection of Guardianless Children displaced by Emergencies.” The Opinions defined the recipients of rescue and protection efforts, and clarified the methods and procedures for discovery, reporting and resettlement. The Opinions also propose strengthening the comprehensive health protection of minors. According to Director of the Department of Maternal and Child Health of the National Health Commission Song Li (宋莉), China has already established 3,070 centers for critically ill newborns. Addressing crimes against minors, the head of the Research Office at the Supreme People’s Court, Zhou Jiahai (周加海) stated that 1,800 courts had been established and that the work of juvenile courts had entered a period of rapid development in order to prioritize the protection of minors.
Hu Chunhua Emphasized Grasping Firmly and Well the Consolidation and Expansion of the Achievements of Poverty Alleviation as the Most Important Task of the Rural Revitalization System
6.10 Politburo member and Vice Premier Hu Chunhua (胡春华) delivered a speech at a teleconference about national rural revitalization construction and work promotion on 10 June. In his speech, Hua emphasized implementing the spirit of Xi Jinping’s important instructions and consolidating and expanding the achievements of poverty alleviation. He pointed out that the reorganization of the poverty alleviation system into the rural revitalization system was a “major strategic decision” that “greatly strengthens the comprehensive advancement of rural revitalization work.” He stated the importance of optimizing and integrating institutional functions, implementing monitoring assistance and support mechanisms to guard against returning to poverty, and improving cadre teams. Hua also emphasized that Party committees at all levels should strengthen their leadership to comprehensively promote rural revitalization.
Central Committee and State Council on Supporting High Quality Development by Building a Common Prosperity Demonstration Zone
6.10 On 10 June, Xinhua published the text of a 20 May 2021 Central Committee and State Council Opinion aimed at addressing income inequality through the establishment of a “common prosperity” (共同富裕) demonstration zone in Zhejiang province. The Opinion opened by noting that since the Reform and Opening period, allowing some people and regions to get rich first had significantly raised living standards, but that the 18th Party Congress with Xi Jinping at the core had not forgotten the original goal of striving to achieve common prosperity for all. To this end, it highlighted the historic achievements of the battle for poverty alleviation as part of comprehensively building a moderately prosperous society, saying that these lay the foundation for “the new development stage of promoting common prosperity.” Saying that the Fifth Plenum of the 19th Central Committee had made “important strategic deployments for strongly promoting common prosperity,” the Opinion stressed that “realizing common prosperity was not only an economic issue, but also an issue of great political importance for the Party’s ruling foundation.” The introduction concluded by observing that, because combating income inequality and addressing the wealth gap between urban and rural areas would be a “long and arduous mission” it was necessary to choose some regions to implement common prosperity measures in first, in order to serve as a model for the country and demonstrate the superiority of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. It explained that Zhejiang had been chosen for its record of success in addressing inequality, its existing advantages, its persistent shortcomings, its “wide space for optimization,” and its development potential.
The Opinion laid out several benchmark development goals, including that by 2025, Zhejiang will have made clear and substantial progress in advancing high quality development and building a common prosperity demonstration zone, with per capita GDP reaching that of moderately-developed economies. By 2035, Zhejiang’s high quality development will have achieved greater success, fundamentally realizing common prosperity. In this period, Zhejiang should strive to raise rural and urban incomes and to achieve the per capita GDP of developed countries.
Xi Jinping: Persist in People-Centered, Deepened Reform and Opening Up and Deepen the Ecological Protection and High-Quality Development of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau People’s Daily On 10 June, People’s Daily published an article covering Xi Jinping's visit to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. From 7th to 9th June, Xi Jinping, accompanied by Qinghai Party Secretary Wang Jianjun and Governor Xin Changxing, visited Xining City in the Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture to investigate enterprises, communities, nature preserves and rural areas. Xi emphasized the importance of adhering to a people-centered approach, seeking progress while maintaining stability in one’s work, deepening reform and opening up, coordinating epidemic prevention and control, furthering economic and social development, as well as promoting ecological protection and high-quality development. This is particularly important for Qinghai as it is a "strategically important location for stabilizing Xinjiang and Tibet."
On the afternoon of 7 June, Xi visited the Qinghai Shengyuan Carpet Group where he inspected the raw materials and production process. Xi emphasized that "to promote high-quality development, we must be good at grasping distinctive industries and the most dynamic enterprises, cultivate high-quality enterprises with characteristic industries, and promote industrial upgrading with enterprise development." Turning to the political development of the region, Xi visited the Wenting Alley Community where he listened to reports on grassroots party building and governance, promoting national unity and progress and their work in providing community services such as elderly care and after-school care services.
On 8 June, Xi visited Qinghai Lake to observe its ecological achievements and environmental governance. He spoke with villagers from Gangcha County of Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture where he inspected the condition of the lake and emphasized how the hard-earned achievements in ecological and environmental protection should be cherished, strengthened and expanded. Xi then visited Guoluo Zanggongma Village, the site of a concentrated resettlement for Tibetan herders. In 2017, the village was lifted out of poverty by relying on industries such as cattle and sheep breeding. Xi took the opportunity to point out the CCP's centenary and mentioned his pleasure at seeing villagers lead a happy life during its tenure.
On the morning of the 9th, Xi listened to the work report of the Qinghai Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial Government, affirming their achievements in Qinghai. Based on the plateau's unique resource endowment, Xi urged the cultivation of emerging industries and turning the region into a destination for clean energy industries, ecotourism and organic agriculture and livestock exports. In light of this, the article wrote, "It is necessary to implement the Party Central Committee's development strategy in the Western region in the New Era to form a new pattern, and promote construction of the 'Belt and Road' high-quality development strategy, connecting it with the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, the ecological protection and high-quality. development of the Yellow River Basin regional strategies, and strengthen the power of endogenous economic development."
Li Keqiang Presided over a Regular Meeting of the State Council
6.9 State Council Premier Li Keqiang (理李克) presided over a regular meeting of the State Council focused on “promoting the implementation of the ‘outline’ of the 14th Five Year Plan to advance major projects, identify measures to reform the salary systems for public hospitals to better mobilize the initiative of medical staff, and more excellently serve the masses of people.” The meeting covered a range of programs proposed by the 14th Five Year Plan outline, including strategic engineering projects, science and technology research, infrastructure, environmental and ecological construction projects, projects that enhance people’s livelihoods, bolstering cultural inheritance and development, and other important areas of work. The meeting concluded that the “current domestic and international environment has a relatively high number of uncertain and unstable factors,” so China should not engage in a “‘deluge of stimulus policies’ [but] maintain continuity and stability in macro policy and keep economic operations within a reasonable range.” It proposed several steps to move forward in implementing the 14th Five Year Plan: 1. Strengthen preparation work, 2. Coordinate medium and long term development and annual economic operations, 3. Manage government-market relations well, 4. Spur the role of government investment while mobilizing market entities, and 5. Strengthen supervision and coordination.
Li also addressed the reform of public hospital salary systems. He emphasized reforming the system of pay levels and granting more autonomy to hospitals for internal distribution of remuneration funds.
Xuan Yan: Socialism has not Failed China
6.7 People’s Daily published an article under its Xuan Yan (宣言) byline commemorating the Chinese Communist Party’s centenary. The commentary highlighted the sacrifices of young revolutionaries in realizing socialist ideals that champion equality, labor and “free development.” It referenced the “Great Harmony of the World,” recalling the Central Plain idea depicting China as a center of gravity, attracting “countless advanced elements.” Combining these two historical legacies, Xuan Yan argues that China’s progress naturally reveals the “law of social development and evolution” whereby the Communist Party represents advanced forces of production and historical progress trends. The commentary takes China’s economic development as scientific evidence of Marxism and the Communist Party's merit having overcome the political and military obstacles of the Long March, the Japanese Occupation and its Civil War against the Guomindang. Once bullied and referred to as the “Sick Man of Asia,” China has now risen, marking an “Awakening of the Eastern Lion.” China’s rise is therefore depicted as the product of the CCP’s use of Marxism to save China and the power of scientific truth (that socialism is right and just). China’s incorporation of market economic policies during the reform and opening period is indirectly addressed. The commentary states, “We propose that the Party’s basic line be the primary stage of socialism, actively developing an economic system of primarily public ownership with other kinds of common economic ownership.” This mixing of ownership schemes will be done “while constantly improving the socialist market economic system, pursuing the goal of having a well-off society and crafting a step-by-step strategy for modernization.”
Moving to the present, the commentary depicts the CCP’s competent leadership in rapid growth and resilience. Over the last 40 years, the commentary pointed out, China’s economy has surpassed that of Italy, France, UK, Germany and Japan, ranking second in the world. These strides can be seen in China’s changing landscape, infrastructure and its ability to overcome environmental crises as well as SARS and other major epidemics and the financial crisis. Xi Jinping’s tenure marks a new stage for socialism with Chinese characteristics. Under his leadership, the commentary points out, the Party and country are stronger and more unified than they’ve ever been in history, have realized China’s rejuvenation and have effectively led Chinese people out of poverty. These achievements have proven the sacrifices of China’s cadres 87 years ago and their dedication to the “revolutionary fire” to be the secret to China’s prosperity.
Xuan Yan: China has not Failed Socialism
6.8 People’s Daily published a second article under the Xuan Yan (宣言) byline. Complementing the article from the previous day, this commentary situated the party’s success within the context of international socialism and the party’s role in further developing a Marxist dialectic. Proof of the revolution’s success in overthrowing the “three big mountains'' (三座大山) of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism lies in China’s formation of an “independent and complete industrial system” and the tangible improvements in Chinese people’s quality of life under CCP leadership. Under Xi Jinping, the Party has been successful in fighting poverty. With the help of 255,000 village task forces and 2 million township cadres, party members have lifted 98.99 million people out of poverty in rural areas. This achievement stands as a “full manifestation of the superiority of [China’s] socialist system, marking a great step toward common prosperity for the Chinese people.” The commentary portrays China’s experience as a springboard for the future of socialism as a whole, portraying Xi as a pivotal figure in this development. It puts forth China’s duty to promote the sinicization of Marxism and China’s role in further developing the field of socialist development. It argues, “Marx’s worldview is not a doctrine but a method. It provides not a complete dogma but rather a starting point and method for further research. Only by developing Marxism can one adhere to it. This is historical dialecticism.” The commentary highlighted a number of ideas and phrases coined by Xi to point out the strengthening and centering of the party under his leadership. Ideas such as “people-centered development”, “giving full play to the decisive role of the market and giving better play to the role of government” among others makes “the leadership of the Communist Party of China an essential feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics.” The new era will focus on upholding and improving the socialist system with Chinese characteristics through modernizing governance capabilities and continuing to contribute to the progress of human civilization.
Huang Kunming: Carefully Organize Propaganda and Education to Celebrate the Centenary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party, Create a Strong Atmosphere for Celebrating the Centenary and Together Forge a Great Historical Undertaking
6.7 Central Propaganda Department Head Huang Kunming (黄坤明) addressed a meeting of the department marking the centenary of the founding of the CCP. He emphasized that the first priority of the propaganda and ideology front should be the study and implementation of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and the celebration of the CCP’s first centenary. He said that propaganda work for the first centenary should focus on highlighting that the Party’s leadership is the choice of history and the people and that without the CCP there is no New China, no socialism with Chinese characteristics, and no great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. He also discussed the department’s role in the Party History Study and Education initiative, including contributing to “the rise of love for the Party and for socialism.”
He Yin: Adhere to the People as Paramount, Gather Anti-Epidemic Cooperation
6.9 People’s Daily published a commentary under the He Yin (和音) byline about the Covid-19 pandemic and human rights. The commentary brought up the “2021 China-Europe Seminar on Human Rights” held on 8 June, which focused on COVID-19 and the right to life and health, and asserted that “in fighting the epidemic, China adheres to the people-centered concept of human rights” and treats patients and saves lives without discrimination. It also claimed that seminar participants said that “China is the most effective country in epidemic prevention and control” and that the Chinese government’s “sense of responsibility” and “high efficiency” left a “deep impression” on people. The commentary stated that China adopted the “most comprehensive, rigorous, and thorough epidemic prevention and control actions” and kept infection and mortality rates at the lowest levels to fulfill its life and health rights obligations. It cited Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasized that China is protecting people’s lives, health, and safety, and asserted that the China-WHO joint investigation report on COVID-19 concluded that “the government-led whole society prevention and control measures successfully prevented or at least guarded against hundreds of thousands of cases breaking out nationwide.” The commentary claimed that China has done everything within its capabilities to help other countries, such as providing anti-epidemic supplies to countries and international organizations, joining COVAX, and supplying more than 350 million COVID-19 vaccines globally. It concluded by stating the importance of global unity and cooperation, and criticizing the politicization of the epidemic, virus labeling, and “vaccine nationalism.”
United Front Work
Leaders of Democratic Parties and Non-Party Affiliated Persons Gather to Celebrate Centenary of the Chinese Communist Party
6.5 Leaders of China’s democratic parties and other non-party affiliated persons gathered in Shanghai and Jiaxing, Zhejiang to celebrate the first centenary of the founding of the CCP. United Front Work Department Head You Quan (尤权) emphasized that the CCP’s century of struggle fully demonstrated that without the CCP, there would be no new China, no socialism with Chinese characteristics, and it would have been impossible for the Chinese people to stand up, become rich, and become strong (站起来、富起来、强起来). He expressed hope that democratic parties and non-party affiliated persons will thoroughly study and implement Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, carry out Party History Study and Education, unswervingly adhere to the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, adopt the road socialism with Chinese characteristics, work together to develop multi-party cooperation, and jointly forge a bright future for the Chinese people and the Chinese nation.
CPPCC National Committee Conducts Special Inspection Activities for Non-Party Members
6.10 The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee launched a special inspection activity for non-party affiliated persons in Heilongjiang intended to convey the importance of border development and security. CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang (汪洋) attended and discussed the importance of accelerating high-quality development of the border area, promoting common prosperity, and deepening neighborly cooperation. He implored attendees to conscientiously implement Xi Jinping’s important speeches on border governance, improving the living conditions of people of all ethnic groups, and to promote national unity and border stability in order to ensure that border areas “are not left behind” in the comprehensive building of a modern socialist nation. The group was deployed to various border areas of Heilongjiang to inspect economic and social development and visit ethnic villages and ethnic minorities.
Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and National Supervision Commission Issue Guiding Opinion: Carry out Special Supervision in Key Counties for National Rural Revitalization People’s Daily
6.8 The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and National Supervision Commission’s (NSC) issued a “Guiding Opinion on Launching Special Supervision in Key Counties for National Rural Revitalization to Promote Effectively Linking the Consolidation and Expansion of Poverty Alleviation and Rural Revitalization.'' The Guiding Opinion makes arrangements for disciplinary and supervision activities to improve development functions, and promotes the Party Central Committee’s assistance in rural revitalization efforts. Currently, rural areas still struggle with minor corruption and embezzlement issues. Given the large amounts of construction projects and capital investment, it is necessary that disciplinary commissions be able to effectively deal with corruption early, ensure key projects have integrity, and investigate and punish corruption operating at the expense of the people. Examples include key projects in the fields of education, health, and social security. The article emphasized the need for the party member to ”do practical things for the people,” work to correct excessive formalism and bureaucracy, and address burdens weighing down the grassroots-level cadres. Rejuvenating the village, and in turn rejuvenating the nation, is a responsibility and burden historically carried by the Party. Special supervision over rural revitalization efforts therefore remains a top priority. The CCP’s centenary should be celebrated by making the development of special supervision a top priority in rural revitalization efforts.
While Investigating Shandong, Zhao Leji Stresses Need to Deeply Integrate Not Daring to Be Corrupt, Being Unable to Engage in Corruption, and Not Wanting to Be Corrupt, into Efforts to Achieve More Institutional Effectiveness and Greater Administrative Results
6.6-8 Politburo Standing Committee Member and Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline and Inspection (CCDI) Zhao Leji (赵乐际) spent 6-8 June investigating Shandong. Zhao successively visited Dongying’s Shengli Petroleum Engineering Co., Shouguang’s Yujiayaohe village, and the headquarters of China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Co., Ltd. in Jinan. Doing so allowed him to connect with the people, understand their lives, and hear their ideas on how to build an honest and clean government (廉政建设). Zhao responded to the people by explaining that solving the persistent problems of inappropriate conduct of government members will depend on the people’s push towards a solution and their own supervision. He advised that thoroughly implementing the Eight Central Regulations and correcting the “Four Winds” (四风) will help prevent the resurgence of inappropriate conduct. He also urged Party members to carry the glorious tradition of the Party forward, to be an excellent example of good conduct and hard work, and to not live an indulgent lifestyle.
Zhao also toured the local provincial Discipline Inspection Committee, during which he conducted a forum in which he emphasized Xi Jinping’s important request to, “make the Party’s conduct honest and clean from start to finish, and to use the integration of ‘not daring to be corrupt, being unable to engage in corruption, and not wanting to be corrupt’ (不敢腐、不能腐、不想腐) to promote more institutional effectiveness and administrative results,” which he supplemented with a reminder to work towards strengthening the ‘four consciousnesses (四个意识), consolidating the ‘four confidences’ (四个自信), and achieving the ‘two defends’ (两个维护) and to take a step towards integrating the “three nos” (三不, see above “not daring to be corrupt, being unable to engage in corruption, not wanting to be corrupt”) to increase the effectiveness and results of government, disciplinary law and society. Doing so will, according to Zhao, realistically raise the quality of inspection work and better modernize and refine the overall process of carrying it out. He additionally explained the need for conscientious implementation of the Central Committee’s requirements on term transitions for political office, by having strict discipline and a spirit of solemnity throughout the process and a clean election without bribes so that the transition of office may correctly occur. Zhao ended his tour of Shandong by reverently paying his respects at the Jinan Battle Memorial Hall, at which he taught Party cadres the discipline inspection commission’s role over the course of the Party’s century-long struggle and its valuable experience in assisting the rule of the Party (and to incorporate this duty into their learning of Party History,) and requesting solid progress in the development of the new age of high-quality discipline inspection work.
A Required Class for Learning Party History |-Experience and Enlightenment from a Hundred Years of Striving for Honest Governance and to Eliminate Corruption in the Party
6.10 An article on the CCDI-NSC website stated that as far back as 1949, when Mao Zedong delivered his “two musts,” the Chinese Communist Party has always stressed the importance of working against corruption in government, which is a core element of Marxism. This article reviewed the Party’s historical progress in building an honest and clean government, and also examined the Party’s creation of a new phase for discipline and anti-corruption, based on the spirit of self-revolution for the new era; according to the article, there has been overwhelming success in and an overall strengthening of anti-corruption efforts. The article concluded with a claim that the scientific merit of using experience to put lessons of history into practice is also the cornerstone of continuing to promote honest governance and anti-corruption in the new era.
Expounding on the Party’s, “clear cut stand of combating corruption,” this article reminded readers of Xi Jinping’s staunch stance against corruption, rehearsing his goal for Party members to, “not dare to be corrupt, be unable to engage in corruption, and not want to be corrupt,” and to implement the Eight Central Regulations.The article highlighted the Party’s effort to eliminate “special positions” in its anti-corruption campaign, and in opposing corruption on the basis of the rule of law. It also reaffirmed that China has a zero-tolerance punishment policy for corruption. The article additionally lamented the harm that corrupt officials have done to the international communist movement, and stated that there is, “convincing proof that only socialism is able to eliminate all of the greed, corruption, and injustice that capitalism and other exploitative systems inevitably produce.”
International Liaison Work
6.7 International Department Deputy Head Qian Hongshan (钱洪山) met with French Ambassador to China Laurent Bili.
6.8 The International Department, People’s Daily, and Peking University jointly held a seminar on “A Glorious Century and a New Journey: 100 Years of CCP External Work” at Peking University. International Department Head Song Tao (宋涛) attended and addressed the opening ceremony, and International Department Deputy Head Guo Yezhou (郭业洲) presided over it. Other speakers at the opening ceremony included People’s Daily Deputy Editor-in-Chief Fang Jiangshan (方江山), Peking University Party Committee Secretary Qiu Shuiping (邱水平), and Peking University President Hao Ping (郝平). Speakers and attendees at the seminar included All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese (ACFROC) Party Group member and ACFROC Vice Chair Cheng Xueyuan (程学源), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Vice President Wang Linggui (王灵桂), former Party History Research Center Deputy Director Zhang Baijia (章百家), and more than 100 representatives from central ministries and committees, regional foreign affairs offices, and key universities and research institutions.
6.8 Qian Hongshan met with European Union (EU) Head of Delegation to China Nicolas Chapuis.
6.8 International Department Assistant Head Li Mingxiang (李明祥) held a video call with Gabonese Democratic Party Secretary-General Eric Dodo Bounguendza.
6.9 Qian Hongshan held a video call with Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) Central Committee Secretary Constantin Starîș.
6.10 The China Council for the BRICS Think Tank Cooperation (CCBTC) and Xiamen Municipal People's Government jointly held the 2021 International Symposium for BRICS Think Tanks, which carried the theme “Working Together to Develop the Innovation Center into a Model of BRICS Cooperation.” CCBTC Chair Guo Yezhou attended and delivered the keynote speech at the symposium. Other speakers included Fujian Provincial Party Committee Standing Committee member and Xiamen Municipal Party Committee Secretary Zhao Long (赵龙), Fujian Vice Governor Huang Haikun (黄海昆), and New Development Bank Vice President Anil Kishora all attended. Online and in-person participants included more than 200 representatives of the academic circles, business communities, and government departments of BRICS countries and international organizations.
6.10 Qian Hongshan met with Kazakh Ambassador to China Gabit Koishibayev.
6.10 Wang Yang (汪洋) was appointed vice minister of the Ministry of Transport.
6.10 Liu Weiping (刘伟平) was appointed vice minister of the Ministry of Water Resources.
6.10 Lin Tao (蔺涛) was appointed deputy head of the National Bureau of Statistics.
6.10 Lu Jiang (卢江) was appointed deputy head of the National Administration of Disease Prevention and Control.
6.10 Jiang Xiwei (蒋希伟) was appointed vice chair of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.