Weekly Report 4|50 11.6.2021-11.12.2021
The Central Committee and State Council released a set of Opinions on pollution prevention and control, emphasizing the importance of a good ecological environment for sustainable development and the well being of the people. (see Senior Leaders section)
The Party’s 19th Central Committee held its Sixth Plenum from 8 to 11 November. On 11 November, Xinhua published a Communique on the Plenum, which covered resolutions on party history and convening the 20th Party Congress. (see Senior Leaders section)
A highly authoritative People’s Daily Editorial lauded the Sixth Plenum’s passage of the “CCP Central Committee’s Resolution on the Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party’s 100-Year Struggle” and the “Resolution on Convening the Party’s 20th National Congress.” (see Propaganda Work section)
Central Committee and State Council Release Opinions on Thoroughly Fighting the Tough Battle of Pollution Prevention and Control
11.8 The Central Committee and State Council released a set of Opinions on pollution prevention and control, saying that “a good ecological environment” is an “inherent requirement for the sustainable development of the Chinese nation, a priority domain for enhancing people’s livelihood and well being, and an important foundation for building a beautiful China.” While the document affirmed the progress already made in fighting pollution since the 18th Party Congress, it stated that work remained to be done in ecological and environmental protection, necessitating the promulgation of these new guidelines. The Opinions consist of the following eight sections:
Overall Requirements: Guiding principles include implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Ecological Civilization, pursuing “people-centered development,” reducing pollution, and combating climate change. Primary objectives include reducing carbon emissions from 2020 levels by 18% and reducing particulate matter (PM 2.5) levels by 10% by 2025 and reaching peak carbon followed by carbon stabilization and decline and fundamentally improving the ecological environment by 2035.
Accelerating the Promotion of Green and Low-Carbon Development: Such efforts will address carbon reduction across industries and institute carbon trading and offset measures; promote green development regions; implement clean and renewable energy programs; and engage in public education and incentivization to encourage public buy-in for pollution prevention and control efforts, among other initiatives.
Thoroughly Fight the Tough Battle to Safeguard Blue Skies: Efforts will likewise be made to reduce air pollution, including curtailing known detrimental practices such as coal burning, chemical pollution, diesel transportation and shipping emissions, and others.
Thoroughly Fight the Tough Battle to Safeguard Clean Water: Measures will be taken to ensure urban and rural water sanitation; protect, restore, and regulate the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers and river basins; and ensure clean drinking water, among other water-related efforts.
Thoroughly Fight the Tough Battle to Safeguard Clean Soil: Measures will be taken to protect land and soil quality, control waste, and prevent groundwater contamination.
Earnestly Defend the Safety of the Ecological Environment: Measures will be taken to protect ecosystems, preserve biodiversity, ensure nuclear safety, and prevent environmental safety threats.
Raise the Modernization Level of Ecological Environment Governance: Laws and regulatory regimes, policies, funding mechanisms, infrastructure, oversight, monitoring, innovation mechanisms, and other areas of environmental governance will be strengthened.
Strengthen Organization and Implementation: Party leadership and guidance will be implemented over environmental protection and governance at all levels.
Authorized Release: Communique on the 19th CCP Central Committee’s Sixth Plenum
11.11 On 11 November, Xinhua published the Communique of the Sixth Plenum of the 19th CCP Central Committee (hereafter referred to as “the Communique”). The Communique noted that the Plenum had deliberated and passed the “CCP Central Committee’s Resolution on the Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party’s 100-Year Struggle” (hereafter referred to as “the Resolution”) and the “Resolution on Convening the Party’s 20th National Congress.” It added that the Central Committee had “fully affirmed” the Politburo’s work since the Fifth Plenum and “unanimously agreed” that the past year had seen the international environment grow “increasingly complex and severe” due to the “combined impact” of “changes unseen in a century” (百年未有之大变局) and the COVID-19 pandemic and the domestic environment feature the “extremely arduous tasks” of epidemic prevention and control and social and economic development. The Communique further noted that over the past year, the economy had maintained good momentum, “scientific and technological self-reliance” and “national defense and military modernization” had made progress, and “major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics” (中国特色大国外交) had advanced. It asserted that a review of party history was necessary to “recognize why [the Party had] succeeded in the past and understand how [it] can continue to succeed in the future.”
Additionally, the Communique provided an overview of party history. It reviewed the achievements of Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Hu Jintao, and Jiang Zemin during their respective time as “chief representative” (主要代表) of the Party throughout various periods in PRC history. Focusing on period since the 18th Party Congress, the Communique asserted that “socialism with Chinese characteristics had entered a new era” and that the Party had achieved the first centenary goal (第一个百年奋斗目标), was moving toward achieving the second centenary goal (二个百年奋斗目标) and great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and “made great achievements in Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” (新时代中国特色社会主义). It added that “the Party with Comrade Xi Jinping as its chief representative” had “founded Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” (习近平新时代中国特色社会主义思想), that Xi was its “the primary founder” (主要创立者), and that “the Party establishing Comrade Xi Jinping as the core of the Party Central Committee and in the core position of the entire Party and establishing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era in a leading position reflects the common will of the entire Party, the entire military, the entire country, and people of all ethnic groups and is of decisive significance to developing the cause of the Party and the country in a new era and promoting the historical process of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”
Additionally, the Communique praised “the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core” for its policies and programs, which prompted “historical achievements and historic transformations in the cause of the Party and the country” by resolving various challenges and long-standing issues. It listed specific areas of the Party’s accomplishments since the 18th Party Congress, which included pursuing “comprehensive and strict governance of the Party” by internally reforming and improving and fighting corruption; developing people’s democracy and improving the institutions, standards, and procedures of socialist democracy; restructuring the military and improving national defense capabilities; and “adhering to ‘One Country, Two Systems’ and promoting national reunification,” among other accomplishments. The Communique also stated that the Party and Chinese people’s struggle have proclaimed to the world, “the Chinese nation welcomes a great leap from standing up and becoming prosperous to becoming strong (从站起来、富起来到强起来的伟大飞跃).” It further noted the “historic significance” of the Party’s “100-year struggle,” including “opening the correct path for realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” demonstrating Marxism’s “strong vitality” via its successful application to China, influencing global history by leading China and other developing countries to a “new model” of civilization and modernization, and forging a Party that remains at the forefront of the times. It emphasized 10 of the Party’s “valuable historic experiences” (宝贵的历史经验), namely “adhering to the Party’s leadership, adhering to putting the people above all else (人民至上), adhering to theoretical innovation, adhering to independence and autonomy, adhering to the China path (中国道路), adhering to bearing all the world in mind (胸怀天下), adhering to breaking new ground and innovation, adhering to having the courage to struggle, adhering to the united front, and adhering to self revolution (自我革命).”
Additionally, the Communique asserted that the Party is still “in its prime” (风华正茂) a century after its founding and that it is now “uniting and leading the Chinese people in setting out on the new road to the examination (新的赶考之路) of realizing the second centenary goal (第二个百年奋斗目标).” It emphasized that the Central Committee had called on the entire Party to “comprehensively implement Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”; “strengthen the ‘four consciousnesses’ (四个意识), consolidate the ‘four confidences’ (四个自信), [and] achieve the ‘two defends’ (两个维护)”; “comprehensively deepen reform and opening, promote common prosperity, [and] advance scientific and technological self-reliance”; “make an overall plan for development and security [and] accelerate national defense and military modernization”; “always maintain flesh and blood ties with the masses of the people [and] put into practice the people-centered philosophy of development”; and “engrave in its memory that it was born amid hardship and will perish amid ease and pleasure, always take the long view and think of danger in times of safety, [and] continue to advance the new great undertaking of party building in a new era.” The Communique noted that the Central Committee had decided that the 20th Party Congress will convene in Beijing during the latter half of 2022. It concluded by calling on “the entire Party, the entire military, and the entire country” to “more closely unite around the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core,” “comprehensively implement Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era,” and “unremittingly struggle to realize the Second Centenary Goal and the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”
Huang Kunming: Go All-Out to Promote the Spirit of the Sixth Plenum, Gather and Strengthen Historic Confidence, and Create the Majestic Power of [the] Great Historic Cause
11.11 Politburo Member and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Propaganda Department Head Huang Kunming (黄坤明) attended and gave a speech at a teleconference held by the Propaganda Department on 11 November. During his speech, Huang emphasized the need to “earnestly study and implement the spirit of the Sixth Plenum, go all-out in studying propaganda, research, and interpretation, gather and strengthen historic confidence, and create the majestic power of the great historic cause.” In addition, he pointed out that the Plenum marks not only an important historical moment in the Party’s 100th anniversary and the successful achievement of the first centenary goal of comprehensively building a moderately prosperous society, but also a major historical juncture as the Party is now moving towards the second centenary goal of comprehensively building a modern socialist country. The Resolution adopted by the Plenum “is bound to promote the unity of thought, unity of will, and unity of action for the whole Party, unite and lead the people of all ethnic groups across the country to learn from history, do a better job adhering to and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, and realize the great and lasting impact of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” Lastly, Huang emphasized that the propaganda and ideological front should insist on learning first and doing first, comprehensively and systematically studying and understanding the rich connotation and core essence of the Plenum spirit, firmly grasping the correct direction, promoting the expansion of party history and education, carefully organizing media propaganda, guiding the general cadres and the masses in enhancing historical consciousness, and vigorously moving toward the future.
Zhong Hualun: The Great Achievements in the Splendid Annals of History and the Rock-Solid Tower of Strength
11.6 Xinhua published a commentary under the pen name “Zhong Hualun” (钟华论), which likely stands for “China commentary” (中华评论), on the Sixth Plenum. It began by declaring that the Sixth Plenum would “lead the entire Party to better bravely advance the comprehensive construction of a modern socialist country and the new journey of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation through reviewing history, reflecting on practice, and grasping rules [and patterns of behavior].” Next, the commentary discussed the project of rejuvenation. It remarked that “all of the struggles, sacrifices, and efforts that the Party led the people in” were in order to realize rejuvenation. Furthermore, it reviewed the contributions made by Xi Jinping in pursuing national rejuvenation, emphasizing that he “provided an improved institutional guarantee, a more solid material foundation, and a more active spiritual force for realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” As a result, “realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has entered into an irreversible historic course.” After stressing the centrality of the Party and its leadership in realizing rejuvenation, the article addressed ideology. It specifically said that Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era was “contemporary Chinese Marxism and 21st-Century Marxism.” The article also called on readers to take actions such as “consciously arm[ing] their minds with Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” and ultimately “cause contemporary Chinese Marxism to emit more splendid rays of truth.” Moving on, the article stated that “the people’s happiness is the warmest undertone (最温暖的底色) of the great undertaking of rejuvenation.” It asserted that the Chinese dream had “entered into an irreversible historical course” because the people desired it and stressed that “realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation must rely on the heroic struggle of the Chinese people.”
Afterward, the commentary shifted to address reform and opening up, calling it “the key move (关键一招) in realizing the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” It remarked further that reform and opening up faced imminent challenges, emphasizing the need to “continually take new steps and acquire new breakthroughs in deepening reform and expanding opening up” as China “advanced the project of national rejuvenation on the new journey.” After calling on readers to undertake actions such as “further liberating [their] ideology” and “continually deepening reform and innovation in every sphere” in the process of “promoting economic and social development on the new journey,” the commentary declared that “rushing from the strong winds and high tides of history to the green seas and broad skies of the future, the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation will inevitably be realized while comprehensively deepening reform and continually expanding opening up.” Next, the commentary discussed the connection between national rejuvenation, global development, and mankind’s destiny. Recounting both China’s general and Xi Jinping’s specific contributions to mankind’s progress and resolving issues facing the world today, the commentary emphasized that “the China of the new era marching toward national rejuvenation will inevitably give the world new hope and opportunities and make greater contributions to promoting the construction of a community of shared future for mankind (人类命运共同体).” Moving on, the commentary discussed the Party’s history, significance, and future. Attributing the Party’s successes to “ adhering unremittingly to strengthening party building, advancing the Party’s self-revolution (自我革命), and forg[ing] a Party with an iron faith, conviction, discipline, and responsibility,” it asserted that the Party was key to “handling China’s affairs well.” The commentary called on party members to “strengthen [their] bodies in the great self-revolution and open a new space in the great social revolution.” It concluded, “Under the strong leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, [with] more than 95 million party members grasp the original aspiration and mission of 1.4 billion Chinese people striving with one heart (勠力同心) and concentrating the great power of struggle, the goal of comprehensively establishing a modern socialist country and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation can certainly be realized!”
People’s Daily Commentator Article: As it is Forged in the Revolution, the [Chinese Communist] Party [Becomes] Even Stronger
11.8 A Commentator Article upheld Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, crediting it with China’s contemporary success. The Article began by asserting that corruption is “the biggest threat the Party faces as a long-ruling party.” Referring to Xi Jinping’s remarks on 15 November 2012, the Article reminded the readers that in order to fix the problems of corruption, formalism, and bureaucracy in the Party, Xi made a solemn promise that, from the perspective of the life and death of the Party and the country, “it takes a good blacksmith to make good steel ” (打铁还需自身硬). The Article then pointed out that since the 18th Party Congress, Xi has promoted the new great project of party building in the new era through “the compatriot spirit of ‘working selflessly and living up to the expectations of the people ’ (我将无我，不负人民), the mission of ‘offending a few thousand corrupt [officials] rather than failing to live up to the expectations of 1.3 billion people’ (得罪千百人，不负十三亿),” and the great courage to fight corruption. Through Xi’s actions in governing the party with strict discipline, punishing corruption with a zero-tolerance attitude, consolidating the unity of the Party, reversing the age-old malpractices of the “four forms” (四风: formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism, and extravagance), and building a party and country supervision system, the Article claimed that “the corruption struggle was overwhelmingly won and consolidated, and the Party became even stronger as it was forged in the revolution.”
The Article then briefly summarized the Politburo’s work on the eight-point guidelines (中央八项规定) including the incorporation of the “four comprehensives” (四个全面) strategic arrangement and emphasized a continued need to “beat the tigers” (打虎), “swat the flies” (拍蝇), and “hunt down the foxes” (猎狐) in fighting corruption. The Article claimed that these are among “the answer sheets to the ‘imperial examinations’ (赶考) of a worthy time.” From December 2012 to May 2021, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) investigated and dealt with 392 leading cadres at or above the provincial and ministerial level, 22,000 cadres at the department and bureau level, more than 170,000 cadres at the county and division level, and 616,000 cadres at the township level for eight-point guidelines and “four forms” (四风) transgressions. In dealing with these transgressors, “there are no amnesty-granting ‘iron vouchers’ (丹书铁券: an ancient certificate of privileged status or amnesty), nor are there ‘iron-cap princes’ (铁帽子王: nobles who passed their titles on forever)” the article claimed, further stating that the “four forms” (四种形态) must be properly executed. “Clean is upright, upright is united, and being united gets things done,” the article stated, reiterating that if there were no fight against corruption and no comprehensive and strict governance of the Party, then China’s excellent state would not exist today. Lastly, the Article quoted Xi’s 1 July centenary speech, where he emphasized that “on the new journey, we must keep in mind the principle that our bodies must be hard if we are to forge iron, strengthening the political consciousness of strictly governing the party and ‘always being on the road’ (a reference to an anti-corruption documentary).” The Article stated that this is not only a “solemn political declaration,” but also a “re-mobilization, redeployment, and re-ordering of the entire Party.” Standing at a new historic starting point, the Article claimed that “we must always be sober about ‘imperial examinations’ (赶考)” while also “ensuring the Party neither degenerates nor changes color or flavor,” so that “it will always be a strong core of leadership in the historical process of persisting and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, leading and ensuring that the great ship of socialism with Chinese characteristics (中国特色社会主义巍巍巨轮) is stable and far-reaching.”
PLA Daily Commentator Article: Manage the “Key Minority” Well and Strictly with Strong Actions
11.8 A PLA Daily Commentator Article discussed the Central Military Commission (CMC) recently passing “Opinions on Strengthening the Supervision of Primary Leadership and Party Committee Bodies” (关于加强对主要领导和党委班子监督的意见) (hereafter referred to as “The Opinions”), which it characterized as “an important action to improve the military’s intra-party supervision system and forge strong party committee bodies.”. Highlighting the importance of “tightly grasping the ‘key minority’” (关键少数) for “party self-discipline,” it identified the “key minority” as primary leadership and party committee bodies. Of these two groups, the Article said that primary leadership was “the key of the ‘key minority’” that must be “grasped especially tightly and managed especially strictly.” Noting the steps Xi Jinping had taken since the 18th Party Congress to increase oversight of these two groups, the Commentator Article asserted that actions involved in implementing the Opinions ultimately served to “offer a strong political guarantee for realizing the Party’s strong military goals in the new era and establishing the people’s military as a world-class military.” Next, the Commentator Article asserted that “the root of strengthening supervision of primary leadership and party committee bodies is political supervision.” Specifically, it said that the “six strengthens” (六个强化) defined in the Opinions served as “the primary point of effort in undertaking political supervision” among other roles. In addition, the Commentator Article outlined the types of supervision applied to primary leadership in the Opinions and gave an overview of the various work mechanisms proposed to resolve issues in supervision. After this, the Commentator Article outline the roles of various parties in implementing the opinions: First, it called on “every level of party committee” to put supervision of primary leadership and party committee bodies in “a prominent place in managing and governing the Party” and to integrate it into “military building, reform, and preparations for military struggle.” Second, the Commentator Article said that primary leaders must strengthen their responsibility and ensure “strict self-discipline” at every level. Third, it called on inspection commissions to “strengthen political supervision,” conduct supervision daily, and “actively assist party committees in planning to advance supervision work.” Finally, the Commentator Article said that “political work departments and other related departments...must ensure the formation of supervision ability and strengthen the efficacy of supervision.”
People’s Daily Editorial: Win Even Greater Victories and Glory on the New Journey in a New Era
11.12 A highly authoritative Editorial noted that the Sixth Plenum had passed the “CCP Central Committee’s Resolution on the Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party’s 100-Year Struggle” (hereafter referred to as the “Resolution”) and the “Resolution on Convening the Party’s 20th National Congress.” It asserted that China is at a “major historical juncture” (重大历史关头) since the Party and the people had achieved the first centenary goal and are now moving toward the second centenary goal and that “comprehensively summarizing the major achievements and historical experience of the Party’s 100-year struggle” is “of great practical and far-reaching historical significance” in promoting party unity. The Editorial stated that the Resolution “adheres to the correct view of party history,” is a “brilliant Marxist program of action,” and carries the distinctive features of “seeking truth from facts (实事求是) and respecting history.” It provided an overview of the Party’s successes from the past 100 years and stressed that “especially since the 18th National Party Congress, the CCP Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core has made an overall plan for and grasped the overall strategic situation for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and great changes in the world not seen in a century.” The Editorial stated that the Resolution had shown that the Party’s 100-year struggle “fundamentally changed the prospects and fate of the Chinese people,” “opened the correct path for realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” and “embodied the CCP’s relationship with the Chinese people and the Chinese nation and the CCP’s relationship with Marxism, international socialism, and the development of human society.” It added that while “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has entered a crucial period (关键时期)” and that the CCP is closer to achieving this goal than at “any time in history,” there are still “risks and challenges” ahead, and China is still in the primary stage of socialism and a developing country. The Editorial concluded by emphasizing the importance of “unit[ing] more closely around the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as its core,” adhering to Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, “strengthen[ing] the ‘four consciousnesses,’ consolidat[ing] the ‘four confidences,’ [and] achiev[ing] the ‘two defends,’” and striving to realize the second centenary goal.
PLA Daily Commentator Article: Make Great Historic Achievements on the New Road to the Examination
11.12 PLA Daily published a page-three Commentator Article titled “Make Great Historic Achievements on the New Road to the Examination (新的赶考路).” The Commentator Article began by noting that the Sixth Plenum had occurred at the “major historical juncture” between the Party achieving its first centenary goal and moving toward its second. It noted that the Plenum had deliberated and passed the CCP Central Committee’s Resolution on the Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party’s 100-Year Struggle (Resolution), which it characterized as a “brilliant Marxist program of action” that “comprehensively summarizes the major achievements obtained in the century since the Party’s founding, profoundly points out the historical significance of the Party’s 100-year struggle, clearly expounds upon the historical experience accumulated by the Party while leading the people in carrying out great struggle,” and that encourages the entire Party, military, and country and people of all ethnic groups to “unite more closely around the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as its core.” The Commentator Article urged “learning from history” (以史为鉴) to better understand the future, stating that this would help to “safeguard the authority and centralized and unified leadership of the Party Central Committee” and foster greater national and ethnic unity in order to “achieve the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” It asserted that since the 18th Party Congress, the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as its core had “demonstrated the great vitality of socialism with Chinese characteristics” and that “through heroic and tenacious struggle, the Party and the Chinese people have solemnly proclaimed to the world that the Chinese nation has ushered in a great leap from standing up and growing wealthy to growing strong.” The Commentator Article concluded that the military must “adhere to using Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as a guide; thoroughly implement Xi Jinping Thought on Strengthening the Military (习近平强军思想); strengthen the ‘four consciousnesses,’ consolidate the ‘four confidences,’ and achieve the ‘two defends’; put into practice the system of ultimate responsibility resting with the Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman (军委主席负责制); maintain the political loyalty of the military; strengthen the military through reform, science and technology, and talent [cultivation]; govern the military according to the law; work hard to train troops and prepare for war; determinedly break new ground and show initiative; unremittingly struggle to realize the Party’s goal of building a strong military in the new era (新时代的强军目标) and the full construction of the People’s Army into a world-class military; and welcome in the convening of the Party’s 20th National Congress with outstanding results.”
United Front Work
Wang Yang Presided Over and Gave a Speech at a CPPCC National Committee Session to Study and Implement the Spirit of the Sixth Plenum
11.12 The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Party Leadership Group held a collective study session to study and implement the spirit of the Sixth Plenum of the Party’s 19th Central Committee. Politburo Standing Committee Member, CPPCC National Committee Chair, and CPPCC Party Leadership Group Secretary Wang Yang (汪洋) presided over the meeting and gave a speech. The meeting hailed the Sixth Plenum as a “milestone meeting held at a historical juncture in party history, which marked the beginning of a new journey of comprehensively building a modern socialist country.” Attendees unanimously supported the Resolution passed at the Plenum, which “used the historical logic, theoretical logic, and practical logic of ‘why the Party is good, why Marxism is good, and why socialism with Chinese characteristics is good’ to answer the question of ‘why we could succeed in the past and how we can continue to succeed in the future.’” The meeting also declared that the Resolution “clarified the establishment of Comrade Xi Jinping as the core of the Central Committee and the whole Party,” established the “far-reaching significance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era (习近平新时代中国特色社会主义思想),” will “surely promote the further unification of thought, will, and action,” and will “win a new great victory for socialism with Chinese characteristics for the new era.”
The meeting emphasized that in-depth study and implementation of the spirit of the Sixth Plenum is a “major political task now and in the future,” and that the CPPCC must “earnestly implement the requirements of the Central Committee’s plans,” as well as “fully implement the spirit of the Plenum into all of the work of the CPPCC.” In addition, the session stressed that it is necessary to “further enhance the political consciousness of ‘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),” in addition to strengthening the Party’s centralized and unified political leadership. Other key points included the need to “arm [our] minds with the Party’s innovative theories,” deeply understand the “important historical experience of ‘adhering to the united front’ (坚持统一战线),” accurately grasp the responsibilities of the CPPCC in united front work, and “give full play to the ‘important front (重要阵地), ‘important platform’ (重要平台), and ‘important channel’ (重要渠道).” Lastly, the meeting emphasized working together to promote harmony in party relations, ethnic relations, religious relations, class relations, and relations between compatriots at home and abroad, as well as earnestly shouldering the political responsibility of realizing “great unity and great solidarity” (大团结大联合).
CPPCC National Committee Vice Chair and Party Leadership Group Deputy Secretary Zhang Qingli (张庆黎) also attended the meeting.
Zhao Leji: Thoroughly Study and Implement the Spirit of the Sixth Plenum of the Party’s 19th Central Committee, Make an Active Contribution to the Party’s Great Self-Revolution in the New Era
11.12 Politburo Standing Committee Member and Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) Head Zhao Leji (赵乐际) presided over a CCDI Standing Committee Conference on transmitting and implementing the spirit of the Sixth Plenum and studying and carrying out its measures. Zhao emphasized that discipline inspection and supervision organs must “thoroughly study the spirit of the Plenum”; strengthen the ‘four consciousnesses’ (四个意识), consolidate the ‘four confidences’ (四个自信), [and] achieve the ‘two defends’ (两个维护); draw together and use the historical experience of the Party’s hundred-year struggle; advance the high quality development of discipline inspection and supervision work in the new era; [and] make an active contribution to advancing the Party’s great self-revolution and the new practice of the great self -revolution leading the great social revolution.” He pointed out that Xi Jinping’s Sixth Plenum speech had a strong political, theoretical, strategic, and leading character for allowing the Party to “keep in mind [its] original mission at a new historical juncture.” To adhere to the spirit of the Sixth Plenum, discipline inspection and supervision organs should deeply comprehend the Plenum’s “new thought, new judgements, and new requirements,” especially those related to strict party governance, building a clean political environment, and opposing corruption. Finally, they should learn from party history and use the Party’s historical experience to improve discipline inspection and anti-corruption work.
Politburo Member and Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Deputy Secretary Yang Xiaodu (杨晓渡) also attended.
International Liaison Work
11.8 CCP International Department (CCP/ID) Deputy Head Guo Yezhou (郭业洲) attended and addressed via videolink an activity celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).
11.9 CCP/ID Assistant Head Zhu Rui (朱锐) met with Israeli Ambassador to China Irit Ben-Abba.
11.8 Jin Li (金力) was appointed the president of Fudan University.
11.12 Pu Chun (蒲淳) was appointed deputy head of the State Administration for Market Regulation.
11.12 Zhu Haili (朱海黎) was appointed vice president of Xinhua News Agency.
11.12 Liu Huanxin (刘焕鑫) was appointed head of the National Rural Revitalization Administration.