Weekly Report 4|58 2.5.22-2.11.22
The General Offices of the Central Committee and State Council released a set of Opinions on “caring for the next generation work committees.” (see Senior Leaders section)
PLA Daily published two successive Commentator Articles on the new “Awarding Military Medals and Honorary Titles Regulations” released on 8 February. (see Propaganda Work section)
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) issued a set of Regulations regarding the supervision and inspection investigation measures used by discipline inspection and supervision organs. (see Party Discipline section)
Xi Jinping: Remarks at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Welcome Banquet
2.5 Xi Jinping gave a “warm welcome” to guests in remarks at an Olympic banquet, expressing “heartfelt gratitude to all nations’ governments, people of all nations, and international organizations that care about and support the Beijing Olympics.” Xi pointed out that Beijing is the first “dual Olympic city” (双奥之城) and that China’s devotion to “upholding the concept of hosting a green, inclusive, open, and clean Olympics, making an all-out effort to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and earnestly fulfilling its solemn commitments to the international community” had successfully ensured that the Beijing Winter Olympics could be held as scheduled. He emphasized “mutual respect and treating each other as equals,” “genuine multilateralism,” and “the joint building of a community of shared future for mankind” (人类命运共同体).
Central Committee, State Council, and Central Military Commission Release “Awarding Military Medals and Honorary Titles Regulations”
2.8 The Central Committee, State Council, and Central Military Commission (CMC) released new Regulations on military medals and honorary titles which will “construct a military award system of medals and honorary titles full of characteristics of the new era, in accordance with the special traits of the new system, embodying the demands of the new mission, [and] fully focused on preparation for war and warfighting,” among other goals. The Regulations “carry out a total reconstruction” of the system, establish new measures for the commendation of commanders, establish a system designed to focus on victory, focus on medals and decorations, unify and standardize the benefits for recipients, and standardize medals and awards concerning actions done overseas. The Regulations intend to “strengthen the appeal of a military career and soldiers’ sense of mission [and] honor”; help educate, guide, and develop the “heroic spirit and tenacity of combat style”; and encourage soldiers to achieve the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) “centenary goal for military establishment” (建军百年奋斗目标).
General Offices of the Central Committee and State Council Release “Opinions on Strengthening Caring for the Next Generation Work Committee Work For a New Era”
2.9 The General Offices of the Central Committee and State Council released a set of Opinions on work related to “caring for the next generation work committees,” citing the “new circumstances and priorities” for “caring for the next generation work” that arose on the “new journey of comprehensively establishing a modern socialist country” as one of the impetuses behind releasing the Opinions. In addition, the Opinions strive to use “caring for the next generation work committees” and capitalize on the “unique advantages and important use” of the “Five Olds” (五老/old cadres, old soldiers, old experts, old teachers, and old model [workers and other individuals]) in educating and caring for youth. The Opinions consist of the following four sections:
Overall Requirements: Guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the principles outlined in the Opinions include “conscientiously 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 “adhere to moral education as the basic task, vigorously strengthen ideological and political work in youth [and] guide the vast number of youth to take realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation as their own task.”
Main Tasks: The main tasks mentioned in the Opinions include conducting education in Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era among youth; “telling red stories well and passing on red genes”(红色基因) by telling youth about the Party’s past and taking them to visit historic sites, in addition to conducting other activities; “actively guiding youth to cultivate and practice core socialist values” (社会主义核心价值观); and teaching youth about rule of law and how to protect their rights.
Promote the Establishment of Caring for the Next Generation Work Committees for a New Era: The Opinions discuss topics such as supporting the establishment of caring for the next generation work committees in places such as schools and neighborhoods (社区); encouraging the establishment of “national caring for the next generation party and national history education bases”; and “creating a good atmosphere of common support for caring for the next generation work” by encouraging various media platforms to produce content geared toward the needs of youth.
Strengthen Organizational Implementation: The Opinions discussed a range of topics that included the strengthening of party leadership over caring for the next generation work; establishing work mechanisms; and promoting and encouraging “old comrades with high political quality, a zeal for public service, and a spirit of devotion” to join caring for the next generation work committees.
He Yin: Inject More Vitality Into the Development of China-Russia Relations
2.5 A He Yin (和音) commentary highlighted the recent meeting between Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on 4 February in Beijing. The commentary noted that this meeting is the 38th meeting between the two leaders since 2013 and is “a vivid portrayal of the solidarity and cooperation between China and Russia.” It then asserted that the two leaders have “established a profound friendship” which has led China-Russia relations to “usher in the best period in [the bilateral relationship’s] history.” According to the commentary, the two sides “firmly support each other in safeguarding their core interests,” have “jointly practiced true multilateralism,” “safeguarded the true spirit of democracy,” and “played a pivotal role in uniting the international community to overcome difficulties and safeguard international fairness and justice.” The commentary observed that during the meeting, Xi focused on long-term development of bilateral relations between China and Russia in the new era, strongly supporting each other in safeguarding sovereignty, security, and development interests,” and “effectively responding to external interference and regional security threats,” among other things.
Following the meeting, China and Russia issued the “Joint Statement of the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation on International Relations in the New Era and Global Sustainable Development” (中华人民共和国和俄罗斯联邦关于新时代国际关系和全球可持续发展的联合声明), which the commentary noted “reflects the firm will of the two countries to jointly safeguard the common values of all mankind, the international system with the United Nations as the core, and the international order based on international law.” It lastly noted that China and Russia will implement the consensus to “deepen mutually beneficial cooperation,” promote “the sustained and high-quality development of bilateral relations,” and continue to “make greater contributions to constructing a new type of international relations and a community of shared future for mankind” (人类命运共同体).
PLA Daily Commentator Article Series on Studying and Implementing “Awarding Military Medals and Honorary Titles Regulations”
PLA Daily published two successive Commentator Articles on the new Regulations on military medals and honorary titles released on 8 February.
The first commentary, titled “Construct a Military Award System of Medals and Honorary Titles for the New Era,” noted the revolutionary origins of the aforementioned system and praised “model heroes” from both within and outside the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The Commentator Article said that since the 18th Party Congress, “the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core” placed emphasis on medals and honorary titles work and the construction of a “unified, standardized, authoritative” system for such work, taking actions such as establishing party and state work committees on the topic. It explained that the Regulations made more detailed distinctions for the categorization of awards, and standardized aspects of the system such as its authority, procedures, and supervision. The Commentator Article concluded that implementing the Regulations was an “important political task,” stated that the Regulations must be studied and propagated in depth, and highlighted the need to “strengthen the political and operational consciousness of implementation.”
The second commentary, titled “Firmly Establish a Clear Orientation Focusing On Preparation for War and Warfighting,” said that a “key point for work that must be grasped” in studying and implementing the Regulations is that the “clear values-orientation” of awards must be: “for combat, win awards; through awards, encourage combat.” Describing the history of important awards in the PLA’s history, the Commentator Article called awarding medals and honorary titles work “an important treasure and excellent tradition.” It also said that since the 18th Party Congress, such work had “powerfully returned to its core [values],” focusing on preparation for war, models of heroism, warfighting, and victory. Stating that the award system needed reform to suit the present “complex and severe security situation” and changes in warfare, the Commentator Article said that the new Regulations focused on fighting and winning “informationized local war with intelligentized characteristics” (具有智能化特征的信息化局部战争). It concluded that implementing the Regulations must aid the combat readiness, enthusiasm, and ability of troops, among other goals.
Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Issues “Regulations on the Use of Supervision and Inspection Investigation Measures by Discipline Inspection and Supervision Organs”
2.9 The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) recently issued a set of Regulations regarding the supervision and inspection investigation measures used by discipline inspection and supervision organs. According to the CCDI, the regulations will “strengthen supervision and constraints of discipline and law enforcement powers” and lead to the “standardization, legalization (法治化), and normalization of discipline inspection and supervision work.” The Regulations further clarify the use of investigate measures laid out in party statues and national legislation, such as the types of measures discipline inspection and supervision organs can employ and the scope of authority that exists when conducting activities such as finding clues and establishing cases. In addition, the Regulations add detail on issues such as the “basic rules” for collecting digital evidence, on price authentication, and on the appraisal of paintings, calligraphy, and cultural relics. Moreover, the Regulations “strengthen the standards, management, and supervision and inspection of circumstances for the use of [investigative] measures” and provide document templates for common investigative measures.
International Liaison Work
2.5 CCP International Department (CCP/ID) Head Song Tao (宋涛) met with Deputy Chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party Ali Ahmadov in Beijing.
2.5 Song Tao met with Mongolian Prime Minister and Mongolian People's Party (MPP) Chairman Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene in Beijing.
2.5 Song Tao met with Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Member of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) Zoran Tegeltija in Beijing.
2.11 CCP/ID Deputy Head Guo Yezhou (郭业洲) held a work meeting via videolink with the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) Standing Committee executive board.
2.11 Zhang Yunming (张云明) was appointed vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
2.11 Jiang Tianbao (蒋天宝) was appointed deputy head of the National Rural Revitalization Administration.
2.11 Lu Pengqi (卢鹏起) was appointed deputy head of the China National Intellectual Property Administration.
2.11 Xue Bin (薛斌) was appointed commander of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and general manager of the China Xinjian Group.