Weekly Report 4|77 6.18.22-7.8.22
Xi Jinping led an inspection tour in Wuhan, where he discussed the importance of technological independence and defended a zero-COVID policy. (See Senior Leaders section)
Xi Jinping attended the inauguration ceremony of the 6th Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), where he discussed past lessons and future hopes for “one country, two systems.” (See Senior Leaders section)
A Zhong Sheng commentary in People’s Daily condemned NATO’s new Strategic Concept for referring to China as a “systemic challenge.” (See Propaganda Work section)
General Office of the Central Committee Publishes “Regulations on the Management of Businesses Run by the Spouses, Children, and In-Laws of Leading Cadres”
6.19 The General Office of the Central Committee issued “Regulations on the Management of Businesses Run by the Spouses, Children, and In-Laws of Leading Cadres.” It also issued a notice requiring relevant party committees (关党委) and their organizational departments (组织部门) to “improve their political standing, consolidate management responsibilities, improve working mechanisms, seriously consider disciplinary requirements, and do a good job in implementing the new regulations to the letter.” These regulations represent the “party’s organizational line in the new era” (新时代党的组织路线), and are important to “preventing risks to honest governance from their source” (从源头上防范廉政风险). The regulations are applicable to children and spouses of leading cadres who hold senior positions (高级职务) in private and foreign-funded enterprises (外资企业), private equity investment funds (私募股权基金), among other entities. The newly promulgated requirements have varying levels (层级) of requirements for relatives of leading cadres. The “higher the level of the leading cadre, the stricter the requirements.” The regulations require that leading cadres “report personal-related matters every year,” “truthfully report the situation of their spouses, children, and in-laws in doing business and running enterprises,” and mandates that “random spot checks (随机抽查) and re-evaluations (重点查核) shall be carried out on the reporting situation of leading cadres.” If cadres fail these checks and inspections, they “shall be ordered to give an explanation, and the spouse, child, or in-law shall quit the business enterprise, or the leading cadre will retire from their current position” or “accept an adjustment in position” (接受职务调整) and may face appropriate disciplinary action based on the situation. Additionally, the “four musts” (凡提四必) will be applied to cadres before they are selected for promotion or appointed. Those cadres that do not adhere to stipulated rules shall “exit the business enterprise” and “those that do not agree will not be used [appointed].” Cadres that do not truthfully report their involvement or their relatives’ involvement in enterprises, have relatives who only pretend to retire from business, or use their position for their own or their relatives’ gain in business, will be “dealt with severely in accordance with regulations, discipline, and laws.” Should failure to manage such cases cause “serious consequences” or “poor influence,” the responsible danwei or personnel will also be held to account.
Xi Jinping: Firmly Grasp the Lifeline of Science and Technology in Our Own Hands, Unceasingly Raise the Independence, Autonomy, and Security of Our Nation’s Development
6.28 Xi Jinping led an inspection tour in Wuhan. While there, he emphasized that “scientific and technological self-reliance” (科技自立自强) is the “foundation of national strength and prosperity” (国家强盛之基) and a requirement for security. Xi stressed that the “independence, autonomy, and security of China’s development” must be improved, and that this and other actions related to supporting technological development would help form “new advantages in international competition.” First, Xi Jinping inspected Wuhan HGLaser Engineering Co. (武汉华工激光工程), a Wuhan-based laser equipment company. There, he heard about the development of the optoelectronic information industry (光电子信息产业), subsequently emphasizing that the industry is a “strategic high-tech industry” with a range of applications. He stated that it is necessary to “bolster technology research and development, hold more core technologies with independent intellectual property rights, continue to extend the innovation chain, improve the industrial train, and make greater contributions towards promoting the accelerated development of China’s optoelectronics information industry.”
Xi emphasized that given the scale of development and growth of China, that it is urgent to “break through the stranglehold” (突破“卡脖子”) on key technologies. Xi proceeded to tour a workshop producing semiconductor panel laser smart equipment (半导体面板激光智能装备). There, Xi stated that “high-end manufacturing is an important support for high-quality economic development… [We] must strengthen technology research and development, improve the localization rate on manufacturing (国产化替代率), and hold the lifeblood of technology in our own hands, only then can the country can truly become stronger.” Xi emphasized that while China “is the world’s second largest economy” that “there are still many shortcomings (短板),” noting for example, that the “foundation of some industries is not very solid, and further development relies on innovation.” Xi proceeded to highlight the importance of human capital, stating that he was “very happy to see that there are many elite talents (精英人才) gathered here” and that “Party committees and governments at all levels should create systems, mechanisms, and working and living environments conducive to scientific and technological innovation to the greatest extent possible, so that technology workers can contribute to the motherland and the people.”
Second, Xi visited the Zhiyuan community located in the East Lake High-Tech Zone (东湖高新区). There, Xi heard about epidemic prevention and control and post-outbreak community governance in Hubei, framing pandemic control efforts in Wuhan as a “victory” given that the epidemic was “quickly controlled and there was no major rebound” in infections despite some cluster outbreaks. Such success has “proved that the principles and policies for epidemic prevention and control set by the Party Central Committee are correct and effective, and must be unwaveringly adhered to.” Xi also learned about the Zhiyuan community’s “elderly care service model” given “prominent issues around aging” in the area, in addition to grassroots community governance and party-building initiatives. Xi noted that “the community is the basic unit of the urban governance system,” and that “it is necessary to strengthen the construction of community party organizations, strengthen the political and organizational functions of party organizations, and give better play to the leading role of party organizations in community governance.” Xi concluded his remarks by stating that COVID-19 is a “big test” (大考). Xi stated that given China’s national conditions such as a large population base, the consequences of prevention and control strategies such as “herd immunity” (集体免疫) or “lying flat” (躺平) would be “unimaginable” (不堪设想). Xi stressed the correctness of a “dynamic zero” (动态清零) COVID policy and emphasized that “it is better to temporarily affect economic development a bit, than harm the lives and health of the people, especially to protect the elderly and children.” Xi continued by stating that the pandemic has not yet “bottomed-out,” stating “perseverance is victory,” and warning to pay close attention to “all aspects of epidemic prevention and control.” He concluded by asserting that “we are confident that we will coordinate epidemic prevention and control with socioeconomic development, and strive for a better level of economic development this year.”
Meeting to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Return of Hong Kong to the Motherland and Inauguration Ceremony of the 6th Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Solemnly Held
7.1 Xi Jinping attended the inauguration ceremony of the 6th Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). Xi stated that “one country, two systems'' has “achieved universally recognized success in Hong Kong” and has received the “strong support of the residents of Hong Kong and Macao, and obtained the widespread approval of the international community.” In this context, Xi stated that “there is no reason to change such a good system” and that it “must be adhered to for a long time.” During the ceremony, Xi swore in John Lee Ka-Chiu (李家超), Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive. Lee subsequently swore in members of the Executive Council of Hong Kong. During the ceremony, Xi delivered an “important speech” (重要讲话). First, Xi issued “warm congratulations'' to Lee and thanked “compatriots at home and abroad who supported the cause of ‘one country, two systems.’” Xi stressed that the history of China after the Opium War “records the humiliation of Hong Kong’s forced ceding,” and that “Hong Kong compatriots have always been connected with the motherland.” Xi emphasized that the “fundamental purpose of ‘one country, two systems’ is to safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests, and maintain the long-term prosperity of Hong Kong and Macau.” Xi further stated that “one country, two systems has left us with a lot of valuable experience (宝贵经验) and profound revelations (深刻启示).” Xi proceeded to outline four key points. First, he stated that “the principle of ‘one country two systems’ must be fully and accurately implemented.” Under “this precondition,” Xi stated that “Hong Kong and Macao maintain unchanged, original capitalist systems for a long time (原有的资本主义制度长期不变), and enjoy a high degree of autonomy.” Second, Xi stated that “the central government has comprehensive control over [Hong Kong] SAR,” which manifests itself as the “source of the high degree of autonomy” (高度自治权的源头) present in Hong Kong. Third, the notion of “patriots governing Hong Kong” (爱国者治港) must be implemented. Governance over Hong Kong should be delegated firmly to “patriots” to “ensure the long-term stability of Hong Kong cannot be shaken (动摇) at any time.” Fourth, Xi asserted that Hong Kong’s “long-term unique status and advantages consolidate its position as an international finance, shipping, and trade center,” and that it is important to “maintain a free, open, and standardized business environment, maintain the common law system, and expand convenient international contacts.”
Xi also proposed “four hopes” for Hong Kong’s new government. First, there should be “focus on improving the level of governance.” Second, the government must “continuously enhance development momentum and fully release the huge creativity and vitality of Hong Kong society.” Third, it should “effectively solve people’s livelihood difficulties, so that development’s results can benefit the public increasingly equitably.” Fourth, it should “maintain harmony and stability.” Xi highlighted that “special attention should be paid to caring for young people,” and that it is necessary to “lead young people towards deeply understanding the development trend of the country and the world, and enhance their sense of national pride.” Xi stressed that “it is necessary to help young people solve practical difficulties faced in academics, employment, entrepreneurship, and homebuying.” Following Xi’s speech, Lee stated that he would “make every effort to unite all sectors of Hong Kong society,” and “fully and accurately implement the principles of ‘one country, two systems’ and ‘Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong’” during his tenure.
Director of the General Office and Politburo Member Ding Xuexiang (丁薛祥), Vice Chairman of the CMC and Politburo Member Xu Qiliang (许其亮), Vice-Chairperson of the National People’s Congress Shen Yueyue (沈跃跃), Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅), Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office Xia Baolong (夏宝龙), Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Liang Zhengying (梁振英), Chief Executive of Macau He Yicheng (贺一诚), and former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam (林郑月娥) also attended the inauguration ceremony.
Hu Chunhua: Supervise [the] Work of Consolidating and Expanding [the] Effective Connection Between Rural Revitalization and [the] Hard-Won Results of Poverty Alleviation
7.1-4 Politburo Member and State Council Vice Premier Hu Chunhua (胡春华) conducted an inspection of poverty alleviation and rural revitalization work in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. During his inspection, Hu stressed the need to “resolutely and forcefully consolidate and expand the results of poverty alleviation,” accelerate the comprehensive promotion of rural revitalization, ensure that there is no “[large] scale return to poverty,” and “strive to make [the] lives of those who have escaped poverty even better.” Inspection locations included farms and villages in Changdu City, Naqu City, and Lhasa City in which poverty had been alleviated, poverty alleviation relocation communities, and other places. These locations were visited to better understand employment outcomes, the development of agricultural and animal husbandry industries, rural infrastructure construction, and public services development. Hu pointed out that areas which have alleviated poverty should continue to emphasize the consolidation and expansion of the results of poverty alleviation as the highest priority, so as to make the foundation of poverty alleviation more stable and the results more sustainable. Hu emphasized relying on highland resources; strengthening and optimizing modern agricultural and animal husbandry industries; accelerating the development of agricultural product processing and distribution as well as rural tourism; realizing the integrated development of primary, secondary, and tertiary industries; and promoting the continuous increase of income of those who have been lifted out of poverty. He further emphasized carrying out the key tasks of comprehensively promoting rural revitalization, “steadily and reliably” promoting rural infrastructure construction, improving the level of public services, and continuing to improve the production and livelihoods of farmers and herdsmen. Hu also called for continued development of ethnic minority areas and the unity of all ethnic groups in struggle and prosperous development.
Guo Shengkun: Comprehensively Strengthen the Party’s Political Construction in Political and Legal Organs, Welcome [the] Victorious Convening of the 20th Party Congress
7.4 Politburo Member and Central Political and Legal Committee Secretary Guo Shengkun (郭声琨) emphasized at the opening ceremony of the Special Seminar on Strengthening Political Construction for Leading Cadres in Political and Legal [Affairs] that it is necessary to “deeply understand the decisive significance of [the] ‘two establishes’ (两个确立), 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)”; thoroughly implement the general requirements of party building in the new era; take the Party’s political construction as a command; promote the development of comprehensive and strict management of the Party and the police; and welcome the victorious convening of the 20th Party Congress with a “high-spirited struggle attitude” and practical actions to maintain security and stability. Guo emphasized deeply understanding the theoretical logic, historical logic, and practical logic of the “two establishes” (两个确立), always taking the “two defends” (两个维护) as the highest political principle, and implementing the Party’s central decision-making as an “inspection gauge” (检验标尺) in order to “ensure loyalty, purity, and reliability.” He further emphasized grasping the overall situation and looking at problems politically, focusing on preventing and defusing risks, and ensuring national political security and overall societal stability. Guo stated it is necessary to promote the Party’s political construction in a coordinated manner; consolidate and deepen the education and rectification of national political and legal teams; “completely and thoroughly eliminate the influence of poison”; further strengthen political loyalty; consolidate the political foundation; cultivate the political ecology (涵养政治生态); and improve political ability, so as to provide a basic guarantee of high-quality development of political and legal work in the new era. Lastly, he emphasized that it is necessary to strengthen organizational leadership, refine and solidify work measures, and ensure that the political construction of the Party in the political and legal organs achieves practical results.
State Councilor and Deputy Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Committee Zhao Kezhi (赵克志), Chief Justice Zhou Qiang (周强), and Chief Procurator and Chief Prosecutor of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate Zhang Jun (张军) also attended.
Qiushi Editorial Department: [Have] Staunch Historical Self-Confidence, Grasp the Laws of History, [and] Grasp Historical Initiative
6.30 A Qiushi Editorial Department Commentary stated that improving understanding of the Party’s historic experience over the past century would be a source of continued success. The commentary noted recent events, political gatherings, and milestones in which Xi Jinping emphasized the study of Party history, particularly focusing on Xi’s January 2022 speech at a special discussion session on studying and implementing the spirit of the Sixth Plenum of the 19th Central Committee at the Central Party School (National Academy of Governance), titled “Better Grasp and Apply the Historic Experience of the Party’s Century of Struggle.” Qiushi published the full text of the speech in the same issue, and stressed its importance as a “lesson in Party history, theory, and Party consciousness (党性), and furthermore, an order of re-mobilization (再动员令) issued to the entire Party for their untiring efforts in realizing the goal of the second century of struggle.”
The commentary provided brief historical overviews of several topics over the eras of New Democracy, socialist revolution and construction, and reform and opening, then analyzed these topics in the “new era” based on insights of the past, the Sixth Plenum, and Xi’s speech. It first called for “us[ing] the ‘arrow’ of Marxism to fire at the ‘targets’ of new era China,” discussing the history of the sinification of Marxism, the significance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era for the sinification of Marxism, and the need for the leadership of the “Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core” and the “two establishes” (两个确立). Secondly, it discussed the importance of identifying and resolving the “principal social contradiction” (社会主要矛盾) of the era, which is now between the people’s increasingly higher requirements for a good life (美好生活) and continued inequalities and insufficiencies in development. Quoting Xi’s speech, the commentary said that resolving this contradiction requires “people-centric development thinking”; the “new development concept,” “new development pattern,” and “high-quality development”; and progress in the people’s “all-around development” and “common prosperity” (共同富裕). Thirdly, it called for a combination of strategic “firmness” and “flexibility,” praising the Central Committee and particularly Xi Jinping’s strategic and policy response to the “complex and severe” international and domestic situation and difficult tasks of reform, development, and stability. The commentary stressed the need for implementing the Central Committee’s strategic decisions and deployments, taking “seeking progress while maintaining stability” (稳中求进) as the “main key” of work, effectively coordinating pandemic prevention and control with economic development, doing all “reform, development, and stability” tasks well, and ensuring all major policies are implemented. Fourth, it discussed the “spirit of self-revolution” (自我革命), praised the Party’s struggles under Xi for a clean and honest party work style (党风廉政) and efforts against corruption, and warned that the only thing which could defeat the Party is itself, hence the continued need to maintain the Party’s nature as a Marxist party, its spirit of self-revolution, and vigilance against corruption. Fifth and finally, the commentary discussed the importance of Party history. It stated that Party History Study and Education is an important long-term task, which also involves persisting in the study of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, understanding the “decisive significance” of the “two establishes,” being conscious of the “two defends” (两个维护), “doing things practically and well for the masses,” enhancing the “great spirit of the Party’s founding” (伟大建党精神), advancing self-revolution, and using Party history as the impetus for present endeavors.
Zhong Sheng: NATO Is a ‘Systemic Challenge’ to Global Security and Stability
7.5 A Zhong Sheng (钟声) commentary asserted that NATO’s new Strategic Concept “wantonly distorts China’s domestic and foreign policies by claiming that China poses a challenge to NATO’s interests, security, and values and that NATO will jointly address China’s ‘systemic challenges.’” It accused NATO of having “created and spread China-related lies and tried its best to exaggerate the ‘China challenge’” due to the organization’s “Cold War thinking,” “ideological prejudice,” and US attempts to “find an excuse for NATO to extend its tentacles into the Asia-Pacific.” It also cautioned “regional countries and the international community” to be “highly vigilant” of NATO’s actions, which “incite confrontation and antagonism and threaten global security.” The commentary praised China for adhering to an “independent foreign policy of peace” and always being a “positive force for world peace and development.” The commentary also argued that “NATO is a product of the Cold War and is increasingly being reduced to a tool for the United States to safeguard its hegemony and agitate for a ‘new Cold War’ (新冷战).” It accused the “current US administration” of having “inherited the wrong approach from the previous administration,” continuing to “regard China as a ‘strategic competitor’ (战略竞争对手),” and “ganging up everywhere to contain and suppress China,” “promoting the Asia-Pacific-ization of NATO and the NATO-ization (北约化) of the Asia-Pacific.” It added, “Since NATO positions China as a ‘systemic challenge,’ China has no choice but to pay close attention and make an overall plan to respond [to it]. China will firmly and forcefully counterattack against any act that infringes on China’s legitimate interests.”
The commentary also stressed that NATO itself poses “‘systemic challenges’ to global security and stability” since the organization has “never broken away from Cold War thinking and never stopped artificially creating ‘enemies.’” It argued that NATO, despite portraying itself as a “regional and defensive organization,” has “unceasingly broken into [new] regions and domains” and that this had resulted in the organization “launching and being drawn into wars everywhere, murdering innocent civilians, endangering world peace, and producing humanitarian disasters.” The commentary asserted that NATO’s “unceasing eastward expansion” is responsible for the “bitter fruit of the Ukraine crisis”; that NATO has always engaged in expansion and wars under the banner of democracy, stability, and values; and that “NATO is packaging its plot to disrupt the Asia-Pacific as safeguarding the ‘international order’ and defending ‘values.’” It concluded, “The long-outdated Cold War script (冷战剧本) absolutely cannot be repeated in the Asia-Pacific, and the turmoil and chaos of war happening in Europe absolutely cannot happen in the Asia-Pacific. [We] sternly warn NATO to immediately stop its groundless accusations and provocative remarks against China, abandon the outdated concepts of Cold War thinking and zero-sum games, and abandon the dangerous conduct of messing up Europe and messing up the Asia Pacific. The momentum of history (天下大势) is vast and mighty (浩浩荡荡). Any force that attempts to go against the tide of history will inevitably sink into failure.”
United Front Work
Wang Yang Attends Research and Consultation Symposium on “Coordinating [and] Advancing Peak Carbon [and] Carbon Neutrality”
7.5 Politburo Standing Committee Member and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee Chairman Wang Yang (汪洋) attended a United Front Work Department research and consultation symposium on the topic “Coordinating [and] Advancing Peak Carbon [and] Carbon Neutrality,” where he gave a speech. In his speech, Wang pointed out that peak carbon and carbon neutrality is a major strategic decision made by the CCP Central Committee with Xi Jinping as the core and is related to the sustainable development of the Chinese nation. He emphasized that realizing these “dual carbon” (双碳) goals is a “wide-ranging and profound economic and social transformation” that requires the “gathering of wisdom and strength from all sides.” He expressed hope that all parties and groups will “deeply understand the importance, urgency, and arduousness” of promoting “dual carbon” work, as well as do more work to publicize policies and solve doubts. Wang declared it necessary to continue to focus on in-depth research, as well as to play a leading role in demonstrating and guiding the people in contacted sectors to “practice green and low-carbon production lifestyles.” He called on relevant parties to make good use of research results of party organizations to improve the quality of party consultations and better demonstrate the advantages of China’s new party system. Other political parties and industry groups also in attendance at the meeting concurred with Wang’s statements and proposed related initiatives, such as the construction of large-scale wind and photovoltaic bases as well as clean energy control centers in the northwest region, and increasing the stability of wind and photovoltaic power by improving the accuracy of weather forecasts, among others.
Secretary of the Central Secretariat and United Front Work Department Head You Quan (尤权) presided over the meeting, with CPPCC National Committee Vice-Chairman and China Association for Promoting Democracy Central Committee Chairman Liu Xincheng (刘新成), CPPCC National Committee Chairman and Jiusan Society Executive Vice-Chairman Shao Hong (邵鸿), and various government, political party, and industry association leaders also attended.
General Office of the Central Committee Publishes “Rules for the Work of the Stationed Agencies of Discipline Inspection and Supervision Organs”
6.28 On 22 June, the General Office of the Central Committee released new “Rules for the Work of the Stationed Agencies of Discipline Inspection and Supervision Organs,” in addition to a notice mandating all regions and departments to “conscientiously comply” with their implementation. The notice highlights that the Rules “adhere to the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era,” “thoroughly implement the spirit of the 19th National Congress and Plenary Session,” focus on “improving the stationed supervision system mechanism (派驻监督体制机制),” and “set up a leadership system for discipline inspection and supervision organs at all levels.” The notice stated that the Rules include “comprehensive standardization of job responsibilities, performance procedures, and management supervision.” The notice “requires party committees at all levels to conscientiously strengthen their leadership of the work of the stationed agencies of discipline inspection and supervision organs.” The notice further reads that party groups (党组) “shall support and cooperate with stationed agencies (派驻机构) and consciously accept the supervision of the stationed agencies,” and states that supervisory commissions responsible for discipline inspection (纪委监委) should “give better play to the role of political supervision” while resolutely preventing and solving problems related to “dark under light” (灯下黑). The rules are divided into different chapters they are related to, namely “general provisions” (总则), “organizational structure” (组织设置), “leadership systems” (领导体制), “job responsibilities” (工作职责), “procedures for performing duties” (履职程序), and “management supervision” (管理监督).
Comprehensively Deepening Reform
Xi Jinping Presided Over and Convened the 26th Meeting of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform
6.22 Xi Jinping presided over and convened the 26th meeting of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform (CCCDR). The meeting deliberated and passed a series of Opinions and Work Plans, including Opinions on building data infrastructure systems to better give play to the role of essential elements, Opinions on strengthening and improving administrative divisions, a Work Plan to carry out the pilot reform of scientific and technological talent evaluation, and a Work Plan to strengthen the supervision of large-scale payment platform enterprises to promote the standardization and healthy development of payment and financial technology. In his remarks, Xi Jinping emphasized that the construction of the data infrastructure systems is related to the “overall situation of national development and security,” and stressed that it is necessary to maintain national data security; protect personal information and business secrets; promote the efficient circulation and use of data and empower the real economy; coordinate the promotion of data property rights, circulation transactions, income distribution, and secure governance; and accelerate the construction of a data infrastructure system. He further stated it necessary to strengthen the centralized and unified leadership of the Party Central Committee over the administrative division work and make overall plans, so as to “avoid becoming blindly disorganized.” Xi called for following the law of scientific and technological innovation and the law of talent growth, with the goal of stimulating the innovation vitality of scientific and technological talents; according to the type of innovation activities, build a scientific and technological talent evaluation system oriented by innovation value, ability, and contribution; and guide the workers in the principle “let all people give play to their talents; make the best possible use of these talents; use these talents to create results” (人尽其才、才尽其用、用有所成). The meeting pointed out the need to establish a data property rights system; promote the classification and grading of public data, enterprise data, and personal data; improve data process compliance and regulatory rules; and build a standardized data transaction market.
Reviewing its progress since the 18th Party Congress, the meeting declared that the establishment and adjustment of administrative divisions across the country have “generally been carried out in a prudent and orderly manner,” and called for strengthening the centralized and unified leadership of the CCP Central Committee over administrative division work. Looking forward, the meeting cautioned that it is necessary to strengthen strategic, systematic, and forward-looking research, as well as ensure that the setting and adjustment of administrative divisions are in line with the needs of the national development strategy, socioeconomic development, and national defense construction. Lastly, it emphasized better protection of historical and cultural heritage, handling the renaming of administrative divisions with caution, and not arbitrarily changing old toponyms.
Politburo Standing Committee Member and CCCDR Vice Chairs Li Keqiang (李克强), Wang Huning (王沪宁), and Han Zheng (韩正) also attended.
International Liaison Work
6.22 CCP International Department (CCP/ID) Assistant Head Li Mingxiang (李明祥) attended and spoke at a seminar co-hosted by the Embassy of the PRC in Nigeria and the Nigerian Political Party Advisory Committee.
6.23 CCP/ID Deputy Head Shen Beili (沈蓓莉) attended and spoke at the virtual China-Mexico Business Dialogue. The dialogue was attended by Deputy Secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee Li Rongcan (李荣灿), Chair of the Mexico-China Friendship Group of the Mexican House of Representatives, Yeidckol Polevnsky; and Governor of Baja California, Marina del Pilar Avila Olmeda.
6.24 CCP/ID Head Liu Jianchao (刘建超) held separate video calls with Chair of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist) and former Prime Minister, Khadga Prasad Oli, and Chair of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
6.24 Liu Jianchao separately met with Ambassador to the PRC of the DPRK Li Ryong-num, Ambassador of Vietnam, Pham Sao Mai, Ambassador of Laos, Khamphao Ernthavanh; and Ambassador of Cuba, Carlos Miguel Pereira.
6.27 CCP/ID Deputy Head Qian Hongshan (钱洪山) attended the 15th Foreign and Security Policy Dialogue between the Chinese Communist Party and Germany’s Social Democratic Party, which was also attended by Vice-Chair of the Social Democratic Group in the German Bundestag, Gabriela Heinrich.
6.27 Liu Jianchao held a video call with Vice Chair and General Secretary of the Ethiopian Prosperity Party, Adem Farah.
6.28 CCP/ID Assistant Head Zhu Rui (朱锐) attended and spoke at the opening ceremony of the webinar for cadres for Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, as did the Strategic Council’s Secretary, Abbas Araghchi.
6.28 Liu Jianchao separately met with Ambassador to the PRC of the United Kingdom, Caroline Wilson, Ambassador of Mongolia, Tuvshin Bardal; and Ambassador of New Zealand, Clare Fearnley.
6.29 Qian Hongshan met with Chair of the Czech Republic’s Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM), European Parliament member Kateřina Konečná.
6.30 Liu Jianchao held a video call with Nepali Foreign Minister and leader of the Nepali Congress party Narayan Khadka.
7.1 Liu Jianchao separately met with the Ambassador to the PRC of Cambodia, Khek Cai Mealy Sysoda; Ambassador of South Africa, Siyabonga Cwele; and Ambassador of Russia, Andrey Ivanovich Denisov.
7.4 Liu Jianchao held a video call with Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Finance Minister, and leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe.
7.5 Zhu Rui held a video call with the Director of the Office of the Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, Gholamreza Asadollahi.
7.6 Liu Jianchao separately met with the Ambassador to the PRC of Kazakhstan, Shakhrat Nuryshev; and Ambassador of Pakistan, Moin ul Haque.
7.6 Liu Jianchao held a video call with Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Commission for External Relations Head Le Hoai Trung.
7.6 Liu Jianchao held a video call with Chair of the Supreme Council of the United Russia Party, Boris Gryzlov.
7.7 Qian Hongshan held a video call with the deputy chair and head of the Central Office of the New Azerbaijan Party Tahir Bugadov.
7.8 Qian Hongshan met with the ambassador of the European Union delegation to China, Nicolas Chapuis.
6.24 Wang Xiaohong (王小洪) was appointed Minister of the Ministry of Public Security.
6.24 Zhou Zuyi (周祖翼) was appointed Minister of Human Resources and Social Security.
6.24 Pan Yue (潘岳) was appointed Minister of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission.
6.24 Wang Guanghua (王广华) was appointed Minister of Natural Resources.
6.24 Pen Jinjia (裴金佳) was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs.
6.20 Wang Yonghong (王永红) was appointed Party Secretary and Director of the National Government Offices Administration.
6.18 Ni Hong (倪虹) was appointed Minister and Party Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.
6.18 Luo Wen (罗文) was appointed Party Secretary of the State Administration for Market Regulation.