Weekly Report 4|52 11.20.2021-12.3.2021
The Central Committee and State Council released a set of Opinions on aging work, saying that addressing China’s aging population concerned China’s development, the people’s well-being, and social stability. (see Senior Leaders section)
Xi Jinping attended and addressed the Central Military Commission (CMC) Talent Work Conference in Beijing, emphasizing that “success in building a powerful military lies in capable military personnel” and asserting the practical and historical significance of strengthening the Chinese military for the new era and bolstering the military's global standing. (see Senior Leaders section)
Xi Jinping convened and presided over the 22nd meeting of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform. (see Comprehensively Deepening Reform section)
Li Keqiang: Macro[economic] Policies Must Effectively Ensure the Stable Operation of the Economy, Use Reform and Opening Up as a Driving Force to Stimulate the Vitality of Market Entities
11.22 Politburo Member and State Council Premier Li Keqiang (李克强) presided over a symposium in Shanghai with key leaders of local governments across China to analyze the current economic situation and study economic and social development. Li stated that “under the strong leadership of the Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core,” the whole country has “effectively responded to a number of economic challenges,” including rising commodity prices, limited electricity and coal supplies, and severe flooding. However, Li claimed, “China’s economy is facing new downstream pressures,” emphasizing the need to adhere to the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, earnestly implement the spirit of the Sixth Plenum, and “promote the sustained and healthy development of the economy as it climbs slopes and crosses hurdles (爬坡过坎),” among other actions. Li called for all localities to implement policies to reduce national taxes and fees as well as ensure market security and price stability, while also adopting measures to aid small- and medium-sized enterprises. When introducing relevant economic policies, Li stressed that local governments must proceed from reality, “seek truth from facts,” and avoid adopting one-size-fits-all measures. Li emphasized that localities must pay attention to reform and opening up, focus on breaking down systemic barriers that restrict the development of market entities, make precise efforts to promote the reform of “delegating power, streamlining administration, and optimizing services” (放管服) to achieve new breakthroughs, seize the opportunity of the implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to expand international cooperation, and stabilize and deepen integration into the international industrial supply chain.
Politburo Member and Shanghai Municipal Party Secretary Li Qiang (李强) and other municipal and provincial leaders also gave speeches at the symposium. Li Keqiang also spoke with the governments of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Hunan, Yunnan, and other provinces via video conference about economic conditions.
Sun Chunlan: Do Meticulous Medical Security and Epidemic Prevention Work Well to Ensure the Holding of a Healthy and Safe Beijing Winter Olympics
11.22 Politburo Member and State Council Vice Premier Sun Chunlan (孙春兰) visited the Ancient Poplar Stadium Complex in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, Peking University Third Hospital, and the Big Air Shougang ski jump on 22 November to inspect medical security and epidemic prevention and control work for the Winter Olympics. She emphasized Xi’s important instructions on Winter Olympics preparations: organize a “streamlined, safe, and splendid ” competition, strengthen the process of emergency training and drills, and improve medical security and epidemic prevention and control, among other things. After inspecting the venues’ medical resources, she emphasized the importance of medical security, including top-quality equipment and a top-quality rescue force, given the dangerous nature of snow sports. She also noted the need to optimize quick and efficient treatment, conduct test competitions and drills to further check medical-related preparations, and form an international medical rescue team with professional skills and language abilities for medical security tasks. Sun pointed out that “the international epidemic situation is still severe and complex” and that implementing zoning and “closed loop management” (闭环管理) are necessary to minimize epidemic-related risks and that regular preventative disinfection of and testing in competition venues, athletes’ residences, and designated hospitals should be increased.
Cyberspace Administration of China Releases “Notice on Further Strengthening Work Related to Regulations for the Online Information of Entertainers and Celebrities”
Cyberspace Administration of China
11.24 The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released a Notice on regulating the online information of entertainers and celebrities, citing the need to “create an extremely healthy and upright online environment” as an impetus behind its release. The Notice consists of the following four sections:
Vigorously Enforce Content Guidance: The Notice aimed to “adhere to the correct social value orientation and value direction and promote core socialist values (社会主义核心价值观).” It also recommended introducing a “negative list” (负面清单) of content that celebrities are prohibited from sharing, which includes “proclaiming harmful values such as ...deviant aesthetic tastes (畸形审美),” “carrying out malicious marketing” or slandering or supporting [celebrities] by posting and deleting online comments, posting false information about celebrities, and behavior that demonstrates problematic support for celebrities such as “provoking and inducing fan communities to carry out excessive consumption, illegally raise funds, or irrationally boost popularity.”
Regulate the Appearance of Information: The Notice addressed the presence and appearance of certain information across a variety of categories. For example, only performing arts content—such as movies and TV shows, music, or performances—belonging to a single celebrity may be presented at a time on homepages, recommendations, or search lists. Moreover, business information such as celebrity advertisements and spokespersons, brand cooperation, or business promotions can only appear in the advertisement parts of websites and should be clearly indicated to be advertisements.
Strengthen Account Management: The Notice proposed account management measures such as levelling penalties against “illegal and unethical celebrities and artists” (违法失德明星艺人) and preventing them from moving to different platforms, among other things.
Strengthen the Oversight and Handling of Public Sentiment: Measures will be taken to establish an “oversight and handling mechanism” to report content to the “department in charge” and the public security bureau. The Notice also directed web platforms to review account identities, monitor accounts with unverifiable identities, and urged celebrities to use official accounts to persuade fans to behave rationally and “prevent public opinion from continuing to ferment.”
Central Committee and State Council Release Opinions on Strengthening Aging Work in the New Era
11.24 The Central Committee and State Council released a set of Opinions on aging work, saying that addressing China’s aging population “concerned the overall situation of [China’s] development, the well-being of millions and millions of common people, and social stability and harmony.” The Opinions consist of the following eight sections:
Overall Requirements: Guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the principles outlined in the Opinions include “adhering to the the leadership of party committees and the participation of all groups,” combining the efforts to address challenges faced by China’s aging population with the promotion of socio-economic development, and ensuring the provision of resources and services to ensure that the needs of the elderly are addressed.
[Maintain a] Robust Retirement Service System: Such efforts will address ways to innovate “at-home and community retirement service models” in urban and rural areas; develop retirement institutions and set standards and establish an evaluation system for retirement services; establish a “list system” (清单制度) containing details pertaining to retirement services; and “expand the coverage of the elderly insurance system.”
Perfect the Health-Support System for the Elderly: Actions will be taken to “increase the level of health service and management for the elderly”; improve and guarantee long-term care for elderly people with disabilities; and foster collaboration and cooperation between healthcare and elder care institutions.
Promote the Participation of the Elderly in Society: Measures will also be taken to promote education opportunities for the elderly by encouraging government departments, enterprises, and universities to open “universities for the elderly” (老年大学) to society; offer opportunities for physical exercise, participation in cultural activities, and travel; and provide opportunities for the elderly to work or volunteer and remove barriers that prevent them from taking advantage of these opportunities.
Try Hard to Construct a Society that is Friendly to the Elderly: Measures will be taken to protect the rights of the elderly by taking actions such as targeting telecommunication fraud and “establishing a lawsuit system suitable for the elderly”; create living environments that are suitable for the elderly, and hold events such as “respecting the elderly months” (敬老月) to encourage societal respect for elderly people.
Actively Train the “Silver Economy”: Measures will be taken to create plans and “perfect policy support” to encourage the development of aging industries, develop industries that provide products that are “closely related to the lives of the elderly” such as certain food and medication, target copyright violations and the sale of counterfeit products, and “protect the consumer rights of the elderly.”
Strengthen Guarantees for Aging Work: Measures will be taken to attract the talent needed for aging work, increase the provision of facilities needed by elderly people; provide “relevant supporting policies” such as those that support investment in aging industries or are related to housing the elderly or their caretakers; and increase participation in the global governance of aging issues.
Strengthen Organization and Implementation: Party committee leadership and guidance will be implemented over aging work and a diverse range of government departments and mass organizations (群团组织) and “social groups related to the elderly” will participate in aging work.
Xi Jinping: Focus on Achieving the Centenary Goal for Military Building and Thoroughly Implement the Strategy of Building a Strong Army [with] Qualified Personnel in the New Era
11.26-28 Xi Jinping attended and addressed the Central Military Commission (CMC) Talent Work Conference, which was held from 26 to 28 November in Beijing. In his remarks, Xi emphasized that “success in building a powerful military lies in capable military personnel,” stating that the Party’s goals of strengthening the Chinese military for the new era and comprehensively building the military into a world-class force are of “great practical and far-reaching historical significance.” He stressed the need to implement the spirit of the Central Conference on Talent-Related Work, thoroughly implement military talent cultivation for building a strong army in the new era (新时代人才强军战略), and “raise the overall talent level to the forefront of the world’s military powers.” Xi then called for “accelerating the construction of an important global talent center and innovation highland (创新高地)” in order to “gather and use the world’s talents.” Xi noted that, since the 18th Party Congress, the Central Committee and CMC have adhered to the correct political direction of talent work, focused on preparing for war, and cultivated talent, leading the military to attain historic achievements. He stressed that the military is striding forward to achieve the centenary goal for military building in accordance with the new “‘three-steps’ development strategy to modernize national defense and the armed forces” (国防和军队现代化新“三步走”). To implement the strategy of building a strong army with qualified personnel for a new era, Xi noted that the Party’s absolute leadership over the army must be implemented in all respects and throughout the entire process of talent work, further stating that the “ability to fight and win wars must be the starting point and goal of talent work.” He pointed out that political standards are the most important standards for military talent, calling for the strengthening of ideological and political construction and “ensuring that the talents cultivated and used are absolutely politically sound.” Lastly, he noted that the CMC must strengthen its leadership over talent work and leading cadres—especially senior cadres—must have a strong sense of talent and be a good “Bole” (伯乐: a horse connoisseur during the Spring and Autumn Period) in the new era.
Politburo Members and CMC Vice Chairs Xu Qiliang (许其亮) and Zhang Youxia (张又侠) attended and enumerated requirements for implementing the spirit of Xi’s speech. CMC Members Wei Fenghe (魏凤和), Li Zuocheng (李作成), Miao Hua (苗华), and Zhang Shengmin (张升民) also attended.
People’s Daily Commentator Article Series on Studying and Implementing the Spirit of the 19th CCP Central Committee’s Sixth Plenum
11.20 People’s Daily published the eighth and final Commentator Article in its series on “studying and implementing the spirit of the 19th CCP Central Committee’s Sixth Plenum.”
The eighth commentary, titled “Keep To [Our] Set Goals and Confidently Move Toward the Future” addressed “the laws and general trend of history and development.” It began by recounting the Sixth Plenum’s “in-depth study” of these two elements, remarking that this “fully demonstrated the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core’s deep grasp of the laws of history and development” and had “great practical significance and far-reaching historical significance for better adhering to and developing Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era.” Next, it described the Party’s past and present successes and gave an overview of what the Party endeavored to accomplish in the future, concluding that “...only by grasping the laws and general trend of history and development, capturing opportunities [for] historic transformation, seizing the momentum and working hard can we go forward better.” The article then stated that, despite China being “closer than any time in history” to “realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” this goal would not be achieved easily. In light of this, it called on the entire Party to take a variety of actions culminating in “keep[ing] to [our] set goals, confidently mov[ing] toward the future, and initiat[ing] a new historic great undertaking that belongs to our generation.” The article then stated the actions needed to “maintain [our] set goals and move confidently toward the future,” namely: 1. “Comprehensively implement Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and use Marxist positions, viewpoints, and methods to observe, grasp, and guide the era”; 2. “Adhere to the Party’s basic theory and line, adhere to systemic thinking (系统观念), plan and advance the “five in one’ (五位一体) overall arrangement, and coordinate and advance the ‘four comprehensives’ (四个全面) strategic arrangement”; 3. “Forever maintain flesh and blood ties (血肉联系) with the people, practice a people-centered development ideology (以人民为中心的发展思想), and continually realize, safeguard, and develop well the basic interests of the greatest number of people”; and 4. “Bear in mind” the maxim, “live in suffering, die in peace and happiness” (生于忧患、死于安乐), always take the long view, [and] be ready to protect against potential dangers even in times of peace (居安思危), and continually carry out the great project of the establishment of the Party in the new era.” It concluded by calling on party members to “Unite more closely 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, strengthen the ‘four consciousnesses’ (四个意识), consolidate the ‘four confidences’ (四个自信), achieve the ‘two defends’ (两个维护)... and tirelessly struggle to realize the second centenary goal and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation!”
He Yin: Establish a Model for Global Development Cooperation
11.29 A He Yin (和音) commentary expounded on the 26 November State Council White Paper, “China-Africa Cooperation in the New Era: A Partnership of Equals.” The commentary stated that, while China-Africa cooperation had simultaneously brought tangible benefits to both regions, it had also created more advantageous conditions for international cooperation with Africa. The commentary pointed to the White Paper, which asserted that the present era has been the best in history for China-Africa relations and touted China’s policy toward Africa in the “new era,” its practices and results, and its capacity to “contribute Chinese experience and Chinese wisdom to international cooperation with Africa and even to global development cooperation [efforts].” Reaffirming China’s longstanding commitment to cultivating “mutual political trust,” deepening cooperation, and contributing aid to Africa’s peace and development, He Yin cited several notable events in the history of the two sides’ relationship, including the establishment of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2006 and the China-Africa comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation in 2015, and the commitment made at FOCAC 2018 to further strengthen the relationship. It went on to outline several specific initiatives, including the “Ten Major Cooperation Plans” (十大合作计划, announced in 2015) and the “Eight Major Initiatives” (八大行动, announced in 2018), which “raised economic and trade cooperation to an historic level”; the Belt and Road Initiative; and COVID-19 prevention and control efforts, especially China’s provision of global vaccine aid.
The commentary asserted that the starting point for China’s cooperation with Africa will always be the “fundamental interests of the people” of both regions and its policy toward Africa can never be based in the “containment of other countries,” adding that China had always believed Africa to be a “great stage for international cooperation” (国际合作的大舞台) and not “an arena for competition among major countries” (大国博弈的竞技场). It concluded by stating that, facing the future, “the Chinese people will join hands with the African people to construct an even closer China-Africa community of shared future [and] unceasingly inject new impetus into building a new type of international relations and advancing the construction of a community of shared future for mankind (人类命运共同体).”
United Front Work
19th Meeting of the CPPCC Standing Committee Opens; Wang Yang Presides, Zhao Leji Gives a Report
11.22 The 19th meeting of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Standing Committee opened in Beijing on 22 November, focusing on the theme of “implementing and studying the spirit of the Sixth Plenum of the 19th Central Committee.” Politburo Standing Committee Member and CPPCC National Committee Chair Wang Yang (汪洋) presided over the opening of the meeting, and Politburo Member and Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) Head Zhao Leji (赵乐际) was invited to give a report. Wang stated that the Sixth Plenum’s summary of the Party’s historic achievements had “great practical significance and far-reaching historical significance” for “uniting and leading the Party and people to capture great victories in socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.” Referring to the Sixth Plenum’s Resolution as an “action compass for promoting the development of the project of the Party and country in the new era,” he called on CPPCC Standing Committee members to unite their ideology and actions with the spirit of the Sixth Plenum and “effectively display the role of the CPPCC as an important part of the national governance system united front groups and offer wisdom and power to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” Zhao gave a report on Sixth Plenum and the Resolution’s drafting process, main outline and features, and the “requirements for studying and implementing the spirit of the Sixth Plenum.” Remarking that the Resolution “fully reflects the Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core’s grasp of the laws of history,” Zhao stressed the need to “deeply grasp the decisive significance of ‘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 the leading position,’” among other things.
Joint Conference of National Religious Organizations: Study and Implement the Spirit of the 19th CCP Central Committee’s Sixth Plenum
United Front Work Department
11.25 The 17th meeting of the Joint Conference of National Religious Organizations was held over video link with the theme of studying and implementing the spirit of the Sixth Plenum. United Front Work Department Deputy Head and State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) Head Wang Zuoan (王作安) attended and delivered a speech. After reviewing the Sixth Plenum’s proceedings and key takeaways, the meeting focused on its implications and requirements for national religious organizations, saying that they must “thoroughly advance the sinicization of religion”; “actively guide religion to adapt to socialist society”; “conform to the historical logic of China’s religious heritage”; and “conform to the development requirements of contemporary China,” among other stipulations. The meeting further highlighted the importance of religious groups’ political and historical consciousness and utilizing core socialist values and “China’s excellent traditional culture” to educate and influence religious groups and the masses of religious people. Likewise, it urged eliminating “negative and backward religious content” and pursuing China’s religious independence and self-management. Coverage of the meeting concluded by emphasizing the need to “unite more closely around the Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core” and seek unity and stability.
Comprehensively Deepening Reform
Xi Jinping Presided Over and Convened the 22nd Meeting of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform
11.24 Xi Jinping convened and presided over a meeting of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform. The meeting reviewed and adopted a series of Plans and Opinions, including a Plan on scientific and technological system reform, Opinions on accelerating the construction of a unified national electric power market system, Opinions on establishing a principal accountability system under the leadership of party organizations in primary and secondary schools, Opinions on “bringing cultural relics to life” and expanding the international influence of Chinese culture, and Measures to support pilot reforms at the Zhongguancun National Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone. During the meeting, Xi emphasized that the purpose of carrying out scientific and technological system reforms is to strengthen systemic technological innovation and emergency response capabilities, to accelerate the establishment of an institutional system that guarantees high-level scientific and technological self-reliance (自立自强), and to enhance the ability to systemize scientific and technological innovation. Addressing the power market, he stressed the need to follow the laws of electric power market operation and the market economy, realize and optimize the sharing of power resources across the country, and accelerate the formation of a unified and well-governed power market. Lastly, Xi emphasized the importance of enhancing the Party’s overall leadership over education, stating that it is “the fundamental guarantee for a good education.” To do so, Xi called for the establishment of a principal accountability system led by party organizations in primary and secondary schools, as well as the integration of political standards and requirements throughout the entire processes of running schools and educating people.
Reviewing its progress since the 18th Party Congress, the meeting pointed out that the Party Central Committee has made substantial progress in some important areas and key aspects of scientific and technological reform, stating that “many hard bones have been gnawed” (啃下了不少硬骨头) but there are still some “outstanding shortcomings and some deep-level obstacles that have not been fundamentally eliminated.” Moving forward, the meeting stressed that it is necessary to establish a “military order” (军令状) to achieve responsibility, management, and supervision of the scientific and technological innovation systems, giving full play to the role of the Party and state as leaders and organizers of major scientific and technological innovation.
Politburo Standing Committee Members and Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform Vice Chairs Li Keqiang (李克强), Wang Huning (王沪宁), and Han Zheng (韩正) also attended.
International Liaison Work
11.22 The CCP International Department (CCP/ID) held via videolink a thematic briefing on the spirit of the Sixth Plenum and a seminar on Party and state governance for left-wing political parties in South Asia. CCP/ID Head Song Tao (宋涛) delivered remarks at the event, CCP/ID Deputy Head Chen Zhou (陈洲) presided over it, and former Central Party History Research Center Deputy Director and former Central Party School Vice President Li Junru (李君如) and former Central Party School Research Center of Scientific Socialism Director Qin Gang (秦刚) participated in it. About 300 South Asian participants, including leaders from approximately 20 political parties and representatives of regional and international left-wing organizations, think tanks, and media, also took part. These participants included Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) (CPN(M)) Leader and Nepali Vice President Nanda Kishor Pun, Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, and Communist Party of Bangladesh (Marxist–Leninist) (BSD-ML) General Secretary Dilip Barua.
11.22 CCP/ID Deputy Head Shen Beili (沈蓓莉) attended and addressed via videolink the opening ceremony of the Eighth China-Germany Business Conference of the Belt and Road Initiative. Jointly held by the China Economic Cooperation Center and RSBK, the conference featured more than 800 representatives of the Chinese and German business communities. Other attendees included Chinese Ambassador to Germany Wu Ken (吴恳), Guizhou Vice Governor Li Rui (李睿), and Lower Saxony Deputy Minister-President Bernd Althusmann.
11.23 Song Tao and CCP/ID Deputy Head Guo Yezhou (郭业洲) held a briefing on the spirit of the Sixth Plenum for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Ambassador to China Ri Ryong-nam.
11.23 The CCP/ID held via videolink a briefing on the spirit of the Sixth Plenum for the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). Song Tao and Central Party School Vice President Xie Chuntao (谢春涛) delivered remarks at the event, Shen Beili presided over it, and Chinese Ambassador to Cuba Ma Hui (马辉) participated in it. The Cuban attendees included Special Envoy of the PCC First Secretary, PCC Secretariat member, and PCC Central Department of Attention to the Social Sector Head Jorge Luis Broche Lorenzo, Cuban Ambassador to China Carlos M. Pereira, PCC Central Department of International Relations Deputy Head Juan Carlos Marsan Aguiler, and Nico Lopez High-Level Party School Vice Rector Jorge Hurtado Pérez.
11.23 The CCP/ID held via videolink a thematic briefing on the spirit of the Sixth Plenum for political parties in Arab countries. Song Tao delivered remarks at the event, CCP/ID Assistant Head Zhu Rui (朱锐) presided over it, and relevant experts from the Central Party School and Institute of Party History and Literature participated in it. Over 40 leaders of nearly 30 political parties from more than 10 Arab countries also took part. These participants included Egyptian Communist Party (ECP) General Secretary Salah Adli and Lebanese Communist Party (LCP) General Secretary Hanna Gharib.
11.24 The CCP/ID held via videolink a briefing on the spirit of the Sixth Plenum for the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). Song Tao delivered remarks at the event, and CCP Organization Department Deputy Head Fu Xingguo (傅兴国) and Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo (熊波) participated in it. The Vietnamese attendees included CPV Central Commission for External Affairs Head Lê Hoài Trung, CPV Central Theoretical Council Vice Chair Nguyễn Văn Thành, Hồ Chí Minh National Academy of Politics Vice President Dương Trung Ý, and Vietnamese Ambassador to China Phạm Sao Mai.
11.24 The CCP/ID held via videolink a thematic briefing on the spirit of the Sixth Plenum for political parties in Africa. Song Tao delivered remarks at the event, CCP/ID Assistant Head Li Mingxiang (李明祥) presided over it, and relevant experts from the Institute of Party History and Literature participated in it. Over 200 African participants, including leaders and youth representatives of more than 50 political parties and political organizations from over 40 countries, also took part. These participants included Union for the Republic (UNIR) Treasurer General and Togolese National Assembly President Yawa Djigbodi Tségan and Kenyan Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju.
11.24 CCP/ID Deputy Head Qian Hongshan (钱洪山) held a virtual exchange with Cypriot Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL) General Secretary Stefanos Stefanou.
11.24 Zhu Rui attended and addressed via videolink a “practicing people’s democracy and promoting common development”-themed exchange. Other participants included relevant experts from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Beijing Foreign Studies University and over 40 leaders of 23 political parties from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.
11.25 The CCP/ID held via videolink a briefing on the spirit of the Sixth Plenum for the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP). Song Tao delivered remarks at the event, and Guo Yezhou, CCP Propaganda Department Deputy Head Sun Yeli (孙业礼), and Chinese Ambassador to Laos Jiang Zaidong (姜再冬) participated in it. The Lao attendees included nearly 50 LPRP cadres, such as LPRP Politburo member, LPRP Secretariat executive member, and Lao Vice President Bounthong Chitmany, LPRP Secretariat member and LPRP Central Propaganda and Training Board Head Khamphanh Pheuyavong, LPRP Central External Relations Committee Head Thongsavanh Phomvihane, and Lao Ambassador to China Khamphao Ernthavanh.
11.25 Song Tao and Chen Zhou held a video call with Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Chair and Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto.
11.25 Qian Hongshan attended the China-Russia Political Parties Forum’s second thematic conference on sustainable development. The Russian attendees included Russian Presidential Executive Office advisor and All-Russia “Sustainable Development” Forum Organizing Committee Chair Yuri Shuvalov and United Russia Supreme Council member Veronika Krasheninnikova.
11.25 Shen Beili met with Mexican Ambassador to China Jesús Seade.
11.25 Li Mingxiang attended and addressed the opening ceremony of a webinar for African media, think tanks, and NGOs. Nearly 30 representatives of these groups attended the event. Other speakers included African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee member, OR Tambo School of Leadership Principal, and South African Deputy Minister of Finance David Masondo and Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) Politburo member and ZANU-PF Politburo Secretary for External Relations Simbarashe Mumbengegwi.
11.26 The CCP/ID held via videolink a thematic briefing on the spirit of the Sixth Plenum for political parties in Central and Eastern Europe and the 2021 special dialogue between the CCP and Central and Eastern European political parties. Song Tao delivered remarks at the event, and Qian Hongshan presided over it. Leaders of over 20 political parties from 15 Central and Eastern European countries also took part. These participants included Polish People’s Party (PSL) Supreme Executive Committee Secretary and Polish Sejm Deputy Marshal Piotr Zgorzelski, Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) Vice President Miloš Vučević, Romanian Social Democratic Party (PSD) Deputy Secretary-General Petre-Florin Manole, and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) representative and Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs State Secretary for Political Affairs Frano Matušić.
11.26 The CCP/ID and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) Government jointly held via videolink a “Xinjiang Is a Wonderful Land”-themed exchange. Shen Beili attended and addressed the event, and XUAR Party Committee Standing Committee member and XUAR Federation of Trade Unions Chair Ilzat Ahmatijan and XUAR People’s Political Consultative Conference Vice Chair Abdureqip Tomurniyaz participated in it. Over 80 representatives of more than 50 foreign chambers of commerce, associations, and enterprises in China also took part. These participants included Turkish-Chinese Business Development and Friendship Association Chair Adnan Akfirat and Mexican Chamber of Commerce in China Vice President Víctor Cadena.
11.29 Qian Hongshan attended and addressed via videolink an international forum titled “The Evolution of the Party-Political System of Kazakhstan: Challenges, Achievements, and Perspectives.” The forum was organized by the Nur Otan party.
11.30 The CCP/ID held via videolink a thematic briefing on the spirit of the Sixth Plenum for Latin American and Caribbean political parties and a special meeting of the third forum of Chinese and Latin American political parties. Song Tao delivered remarks at the event, Shen Beili presided over it, and officials from the relevant units of the CCP Organization Department, CCP Propaganda Department, Central Party School, Institute of Party History and Literature, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in it. About 400 leaders of over 110 political parties from 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries also took part. These participants included New National Party (NNP) Leader and Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, Dominica Labour Party (DLP) Leader and Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Alliance for Progress (APP) Leader and Peruvian Congress First Vice President Lady Mercedes Camones Soriano, former Justicialist Party (PJ) President and current Argentine Chamber of Deputies Second Vice-President José Luis Gioja, Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) Leader and Panamanian National Assembly First Vice President Kayra Harding, and São Paulo Forum Executive Secretary Monica Valente.
11.30 Zhu Rui held a virtual meeting with a deputy secretary of the Iranian Expediency Discernment Council.
12.1 Song Tao attended on behalf of Xi Jinping the United Russia-organized “Global Challenges of the 21st Century: Interparty Dimension” virtual conference, which was held on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the party’s founding, and read aloud Xi’s congratulatory letter to United Russia. Guo Yezhou and political party leaders from nearly 30 countries and international organizations also participated. The conference featured a congratulatory message from Russian President Vladimir Putin and an address from United Russia Chair and Russian Security Council Deputy Chair Dmitry Medvedev.
12.2 The CCP/ID held a virtual dialogue with British political parties. Song Tao attended and addressed the event. Other Chinese attendees included officials from the relevant units of the Central Policy Research Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, and Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom. The British attendees included representatives of the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, think tanks, and the business community, including UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Minister of State for Asia Amanda Milling and Great Britain-China Centre (GBCC) Honorary Vice President and former UK Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington.
12.3 Chen Zhou, who is also the co-chair of the Silk Road Think Tank Association (SRTA) Council, attended and addressed via videolink the opening ceremony of the Fifth International Forum on the Belt and Road Initiative and Global Governance. Jointly hosted by the SRTA and Fudan University, this year’s forum carried the theme of “Overcoming the Challenges of the Pandemic and Promoting the Inclusive Development of the ‘Belt and Road.’” Other attendees included Fudan University Party Committee Secretary Jiao Yang (焦扬), Shui On Group Chair Vincent Lo (罗康瑞), and New Development Bank Vice President Leslie Maasdorp.
11.19 Wang Xiaohong (王小洪) was appointed the Party committee secretary of the Ministry of Public Security.
11.22 Zhang Guangjun (张广军) was appointed vice minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
11.22 Gao Song (高松) was appointed president of Sun Yat-sen University.
11.30 Wang Zhiqing (王志清) was appointed deputy secretary-general of the State Council.
11.30 Li Wentang (李文堂) was appointed a member of the academic affairs committee of the National Academy of Governance.