Weekly Report 4|91 10.8.22-10.14.22
Xinhua published the summary of an August discussion meeting at which the Central Committee solicited opinions on its report to the then-upcoming 20th Party Congress from leaders of other officially recognized parties, representatives of the All-China Federations of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), and individuals without partisan affiliation. (See Senior Leaders section)
After the Party’s Central Committee held its Seventh Plenum from 9 to 12 October, Xinhua published a Communique summarizing the Plenum. The Plenum deliberated on and approved the 19th Central Committee’s report, the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection’s report, and revisions to the party constitution. (See Senior Leaders section)
People’s Daily published a series of three Zhong Yin (仲音) commentaries on continuing adherence to “dynamic zero” (动态清零) pandemic prevention and control policies. (See Propaganda Work section)
Central Committee Holds Discussion Meeting with Non-Party Figures, Soliciting Opinions on [Its] Report to the 20th Party Congress; Xi Jinping Chairs [Meeting] and Delivers Important Speech Xinhua 8.31 On 13 October, Xinhua published the summary of an August discussion meeting at Zhongnanhai (中南海) at which the Central Committee solicited opinions from leaders of other officially recognized parties, representatives of the All-China Federations of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), and individuals without partisan affiliation on its report to the then-upcoming 20th Party Congress. Xi addressed the meeting, stating that amid the “new journey” (新征程), the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and other parties should strengthen their cooperation, “consolidate and develop the broadest patriotic United Front, consolidate the greatest range of wisdom and strength from various classes in various ways, bring out to the greatest extent enthusiasm, initiative, and creativity from all of society and all ethnic groups,” and together work to “comprehensively build a modern socialist country” (全面建设社会主义现代化国家) and advance national rejuvenation. Leaders of all of China’s officially-recognized parties (the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, China Democratic League, China National Democratic Construction Association, China Association for Promoting Democracy, Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party, China Zhi Gong Party, the Jiusan Society, and the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League) delivered speeches, while ACIF Director Gao Yunlong (高云龙) spoke for his organization and vice-dean of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Gao Hongjun (高鸿钧) spoke on behalf of non-partisan figures. Xinhua summarized their speeches as praise for the CCP Central Committee “with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core” for its leadership and achievements amid international and domestic challenges, facing an “extremely unusual and extraordinary (极不寻常、极不平凡)” five years since the last CCP Congress and over ten years of the new era. The speakers also offered opinions and suggestions on various topics including “building an international discourse system (话语体系) on human rights,” promoting international economic openness under “dual circulation” (双循环), revitalizing the northeast, improving the United Front and multiparty system, fostering domestic innovation and entrepreneurship, and more. Following these speeches, Xi Jinping gave an “important speech” in which he discussed the significance of the CCP Central Committee’s report to the 20th Party Congress and the importance of broadly soliciting democratic feedback, including from outside the CCP. Noting events held throughout the year for this purpose, Xi praised the opinions and research offered by democratic parties, the ACIF, and non-Party figures, expressing the Central Committee’s gratitude for and sincere consideration of their advice. Xi then praised the United Front’s role in accomplishments over the last ten years, while noting that those accomplishments were also the result of the CCP’s “staunch leadership” and the efforts of the Chinese people. Finally, Xi called on the United Front parties and organizations at the meeting to unite around the Central Committee’s strategic deployments; strengthen their “senses of political responsibility and historic mission in unified cooperation with the CCP”; unite around the plans and goals set at the 20th Party Congress; persist in the “correct political direction” and unanimity of ideology, politics, and action with the CCP Central Committee; fulfill their role of mediating societal relations, resolving societal contradictions, and protecting social stability; and generally improve their effectiveness.
Communique of the 7th Plenum of the 19th CCP Central Committee Xinhua 10.12 After the Party’s Central Committee held its Seventh Plenum from 9 to 12 October, Xinhua published a Communique summarizing the Plenum. According to the Communique, the Plenum deliberated on and approved the 19th Central Committee’s report (presented by Xi Jinping), the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection’s report, and revisions to the party constitution (presented by Politburo Standing Committee and Secretary of the Central Secretariat Wang Huning (王沪宁), all of which will be further deliberated on by the 20th Party Congress. The Plenum “fully affirmed” the Politburo’s work since the Central Committee’s Sixth Plenum, listing its varied accomplishments in spite of 2022’s “complex and severe international environment and the difficult and serious tasks of [ensuring] domestic reform, development, and stability.” The Politburo’s recent accomplishments listed at the Plenum included implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era; leading the entire Party, military, and people; carrying out the directives of containing the pandemic, stabilizing the economy, and securing development; propaganda, ideological, and cultural work; ensuring the people’s livelihood; ecological work; military modernization; diplomacy; Party governance and discipline; “launching a major anti-separatist, anti-[foreign] intervention struggle”; and “properly responding to the risks and challenges created by the Ukraine crisis.”
The Plenum also summarized the last five years for the Party since its 19th Congress, saying they were an “extremely unusual and extraordinary (极不寻常、极不平凡)” five years. It praised the “Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core” for persisting in and implementing the Party’s key ideological precepts including the spirit of the 19th Party Congress and its plenums, Marxist-Leninism, and past leaders’ and Xi’s theoretical contributions; for its leadership and planning of national strategies and projects; for economic accomplishments including combining pandemic control with socioeconomic development, “comprehensively establishing a moderately prosperous society” (全面建成小康社会), implementing the new development concept (新发展理念), and carrying out the anti-poverty campaign, among others; national security accomplishments including military modernization; and social and political accomplishments including advancing “whole-process people’s democracy” (全过程人民民主) and rule of law. Additionally, the Plenum noted that the Central Committee had marked the Party centennial and 70th anniversary of the PRC; launched the Party History Study and Education campaign; waged a “people’s war” on the coronavirus pandemic; implemented the principle of “patriots governing Hong Kong” (爱国者治港) and Hong Kong’s shift from “chaos to governance”; persisted in the “one China principle” (一个中国原则) and “1992 consensus” (九二共识) and demonstrated China’s “determination and capability” to oppose Taiwan’s independence; and otherwise defended national interests, sovereignty, and development in this period. The Plenum stated that the Central Committee with Xi as the core properly led the country amid complex challenges while addressing many long term issues and achieving major accomplishments. It then reiterated that the accomplishments of the last five years came under the leadership of the Central Committee with Xi as the core and under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era; repeatedly stressing the importance of the “two establishes” (两个确立). The Plenum also summarized the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection’s work, saying it had persisted in carrying out its duties, implemented the Party’s strategic deployment of “self-revolution” (自我革命) and strategy of “comprehensive and strict Party governance” (全面从严治党), upheld the Central Committee’s authority and centralized, unified leadership, strengthened supervision, achieved results in and the consolidation of anti-corruption work, and carried out reform and standardization of the disciplinary system. The Plenum appointed three alternate members to join the Standing Committee– Ma Guoqiang (马国强), Wang Ning (王宁), and Wang Weizhong (王伟中)-- and confirmed the Politburo’s previous disciplinary verdicts of Party expulsion for Fu Zhenghua (傅政华), Shen Deyong (沈德咏), and Zhang Jinghua (张敬华), and revocation of party duties for Li Jia (李佳).
Zhong Yin Commentary Series
People’s Daily published a series of Zhong Yin (仲音) commentaries on continuing adherence to “dynamic zero” (动态清零) pandemic prevention and control policies.
10 October’s commentary, “Strengthening Confidence and Patience in Pandemic Prevention and Control Policies,” discussed how China’s “normalized” pandemic policies have been effective. The commentary noted that from an international perspective, the pandemic is still prominent. It quoted a World Health Organization (WHO) statement that “many countries have recently seen an increase in COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths.” It stated that the arrival of flu season in the northern hemisphere is expected to exacerbate pandemic-related problems and that consequently, no country should be complacent. The commentary stated that domestically, China faces risks in imported cases from abroad and the potential for local transmission, noting that risks posed by COVID-19 clusters still exist within the country. It also noted that the virus continues to mutate, and that Omicron (奥密克戎) variants have been discovered in various parts of China. It stated that for this reason, “we must continue maintaining caution” regarding “the spread of the pandemic,” strengthen “trust and patience” in pandemic prevention and control policies, and “overcome paralytic thinking (麻痹思想).” The commentary asserted that in combatting the pandemic, “confidence is more important than gold.” It stated that Omicron variants are very transmissible and spread quickly, and that there are many asymptomatic or mild infections that make it hard to detect them during the initial stages of infection. This does not mean however, that “early discovery, early reporting, early quarantine, and early treatment [the “four earlies”] cannot be achieved.” The commentary asserted that “practice has fully proven” that the ninth edition of the pandemic prevention and control plan has been effective, and that “we have the basis, conditions, and capabilities to realize dynamic zero (动态清零).” It emphasized the importance of simultaneously coordinating pandemic prevention and control and socioeconomic development, noting that it is necessary to put into practice the demands of containing the pandemic, stabilizing the economy, and securing development, It is also important to recognize that pandemic prevention and control is not an independent policy, but a “complex operating system,” and that there cannot be a “one size fits all” (一刀切) approach towards dealing with pandemic issues.
11 October’s commentary, “Dynamic Zero is Sustainable and Must be Adhered To,” emphasized that it was imperative to continue adherence to “dynamic zero” policies. The commentary noted that a few days ago, 434 cases of COVID-19 were reported across the country, including 373 cases that were transmitted locally. The commentary noted that at present, there are still many domestic locales with “medium-to high risks” and that the “task of prevention and control is formidable.” The commentary stated that in such a challenging situation, it is even more necessary to “deeply recognize the sustainability of dynamic zero and the necessity of adhering to it.” The commentary emphasized that the pandemic constitutes a “big test” and that only when the pandemic is controlled can the “economy be stabilized, people’s livelihoods be peaceful, and economic and social development be healthy.” The commentary emphasized that China is a “major country” with a population of 1.4 billion people, and that “uneven regional development” and “insufficient medical resources” will exacerbate risks if pandemic controls are relaxed. If there is a rebound in infections on a mass scale, then the pandemic will spread, resulting in dire consequences for economic and social development and “great losses.” The commentary asserted that “practice” has demonstrated that there is a good “cost-benefit ratio” (成本效益比) to the country’s current pandemic control policies, that “dynamic zero” is the “anti-pandemic strategy with the lowest social cost,” and that “at this stage, it is the best option for timely management of the pandemic.” The commentary emphasized that the Omicron variant presents more acute challenges than previous COVID strains, especially to the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. It noted that China currently has a population of 267 million people aged above 60, and that if the choice is made to “lie flat” (躺平) then the result would be more “serious losses” in people’s lives and assets in addition to “immeasurable public health risks.” The commentary again emphasized the dangers of adopting a “one size fits all” (一刀切) approach, noting that different areas of the country have adopted different methods to managing the pandemic. Some areas have utilized electronic mapping to enable the masses to ask queries and find nearby test centers, some areas have used scientific methods to designate medium to high-risk areas and manage groups with higher risk of infection, and some areas have established a platform called “1+N” to respond to the demands and concerns of the masses. Ultimately, China must “unswervingly adhere” to the strategy of “protecting against imported cases (外防输入) and domestic resurgences (内防反弹)” and a “dynamic zero approach.”
12 October’s commentary, “‘Lying Flat’ is Not Advisable, and ‘Winning Lying Down’ is Impossible,” discussed the dangers of relaxing pandemic prevention and control measures. The commentary stated that continued adherence to “dynamic zero” is the only way “huge losses” caused by “losing control over the pandemic” can be avoided. It said that in calculating potential losses caused by the pandemic, groups such as senior citizens should be emphasized. The commentary noted that the vaccination rate for those over the age of 60 in China is 86.26 percent, and that there is still “a significant portion of elderly people” and children who have not completed the full vaccination process. It stated that should pandemic controls be relaxed, there will be a “large amount of people who will become infected” resulting in more severe cases and deaths. Only through reliance on “dynamic zero” can “we protect the safety of people’s livelihoods and bodily health to the greatest extent.” The commentary cited data released by China’s National Health Commission showing that life expectancy in China increased to 78.2 years in 2021 as evidence that pandemic prevention and control measures have been effective. The commentary proceeded to allege that countries that have “laid flat” (躺平) such as Japan and the United States have been unsuccessful in managing the pandemic. It noted for example, that the utilization rate of hospital beds in Japan is high, and that there are difficulties with shortages in medical staff and problems with emergency care. It stated that in the United States, average life expectancy has fallen with COVID being the primary reason, and that 24 million American adults are currently afflicted with long COVID (新冠长期后遗症). The commentary then stated that from a “scientific standpoint,” “lying flat” increases risks posed by new and more transmissible COVID variants. It cited the BF.7 variant of Omicron BA.5 as an example, noting that it is “currently spreading rapidly across the globe” and has been detected in various parts of China. Finally, the commentary stated that the choice of some countries to “lie flat” and adopt a policy of “co-existence with the virus” (与病毒共存) is not because “they do not want to prevent and control the virus, but because they are unable” to do so. This is largely because these countries failed to control the pandemic during the initial stages of its spread, thus “losing the opportunity” for a “dynamic zero” approach. The commentary cited the examples of France and Germany, noting that their pandemic control policies have continuously shifted, while in comparison, China’s strategy and measures have been more consistent and forceful.
He Yin: Major Country Diplomacy Forges Ahead
People’s Daily continued a series of He Yin (和音) commentaries on “major country diplomacy” and China’s international role in the “new era” since the 18th Party Congress.
11 October’s commentary, “Jointly Constructing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to Advance Common Development and Prosperity,” discussed various achievements made under the BRI. The commentary stated that “joint construction of the BRI” is a “Chinese plan” to advance world cooperation and improve global economic governance. The commentary stated that with the rise of protectionism and anti-globalization, China’s plans to expand economic openness through the BRI “fully demonstrates” its responsibilities as a major power. The commentary noted that between 2013 and 2021, the trade volume of goods between China and BRI countries reached a value of USD $11 trillion while two-way investment (双向投资) reached a value of USD $230 billion. It quoted former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Pascal Lemy who stated that as more challenges to globalization emerge, the BRI will become the “future engine for globalization.” The commentary also noted the BRI’s significance to “building a community with a shared future for mankind” and its success in enabling cooperation on anti-pandemic and economic recovery measures with other countries. Furthermore, it emphasized that the “core concept” behind the BRI has been “written into the important documents of the UN, G20, APEC, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), and other international organizations and forums.” This “fully indicates” that the BRI is an “international public good” (国际公共产品) based on a broad and cohesive “cooperation consensus.” The commentary proceeded to note the broad scope of the BRI, stating that more than 140 countries and 30 international organizations have participated in the initiative. It also noted the existence of the Digital Silk Road (数字丝绸之路), Innovation Silk Road (创新丝绸之路), and the Green Silk Road (绿色丝绸之路) in describing the wide breadth of BRI projects. Furthermore, the commentary stated that BRI projects have allowed people from more and more countries to “rely on their own two hands to change their own and family’s destiny.” It noted that many countries, under the BRI, have built “joint laboratories” and engaged in both “local manufacturing” and “intelligent manufacturing.” Ultimately, China will continue to promote “high-quality development” in the world via the BRI to create a “project of the century (世纪工程) that benefits the people all countries.”
12 October’s commentary, “Unswervingly Be a Contributor to Global Development,” discussed China’s achievements in international development. It noted various examples of China actively spearheading multinational development initiatives. This includes China’s establishment of an international cooperation network dedicated to reducing poverty, the “World Vocational and Technical Education League” (世界职业技术教育发展联盟), efforts with Pacific Islands countries to combat climate change, and cooperation with 13 countries to produce COVID-19 vaccines. The commentary stated that currently, global development faces challenges. It cited a report published by the UN Development Program that pointed out 90 percent of countries are confronting difficulties with development due to various crises, and quoted IMF President Kristalina Georgieva and UN Secretary General António Guterres’ respective statements that the world is becoming more “vulnerable” and that risks have made it harder to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (可持续发展目标). The commentary proceeded to highlight China’s proposed Global Development Initiative (全球发展倡议) which will bolster China’s cooperation with other countries in areas such as green development and climate change, and the digital economy, among others. It also noted that more than 100 countries and organizations that are members of the UN have supported the concept and that more than 60 countries have participated in the “Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative” (全球发展倡议之友小组). Furthermore, the commentary stated that in June 2022, Xi Jinping announced Chinese projects for the Global Development Initiative while presiding over the High-level Dialogue on Global Development. The dialogue covered 32 initiatives in eight areas, including the “Global Partnership for Poverty Reduction and Development” (全球减贫与发展伙伴联盟), the launch of “Special Action for Food Production” (促进粮食生产专项行动), and the “International Vaccine Innovation and Research Cooperation Alliance” (国际疫苗创新与研发合作联盟). Furthermore, at a meeting of the “Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative” in New York, more than 50 “cooperation projects” (合作项目) and 1000 “building projects” (建设项目) were agreed upon. Lastly, the commentary stated that China has established the “China-United Nations Peace and Development Fund” (中国—联合国和平与发展基金) and fostered cooperation with countries in the Global South by providing various forms of assistance to more than 160 countries and international organizations.
13 October’s commentary, “Building Justice and Jointly Constructing a Shared Security Framework,” discussed China’s proposed Global Security Initiative (全球安全倡议, GSI). The commentary stated the importance of the “six persists” (六个坚持), namely persisting in a common, comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable security concept; persisting in respect for each country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity; persisting in safeguarding the purposes and principles of the UN Charter; persisting in placing emphasis on each country’s legitimate security concerns (合理安全关切), persisting in using negotiation and dialogue to resolve differences and conflict between countries; and persisting in coordinating the defense of both traditional and nontraditional security areas. It stated that the “six persists” have answered the question of “what security concept the world needs,” and “contributed a Chinese solution” to “realizing long-term stability in the world.” The commentary noted that the GSI has received the “acclaim and support” of over 70 countries, thus demonstrating that the initiative is in line with the hearts and minds of peoples all over. It noted that currently, “other countries” are engaged in Cold War thinking and are pursuing exclusionary “small cliques” (小圈子) and “small blocs” (小集团). These countries are also claiming to engage in multilateralism when in actuality they practice unilateralism, and are engaging in “hegemony in the name of democracy.” These actions “severely damage the international security order (国际安全秩序) and aggravates the deficit in global security governance.” In contrast, the GSI is truly rooted in multilateralism, calls on all countries to abide by the purposes and principles of the UN charter, abandons “Cold War thinking” (冷战思维), opposes unilateralism, and does not engage in bloc politics or confrontation. The commentary proceeded to state that “security is the prerequisite for development, and that development assures security” in asserting the importance of integrating security and development. It stated that the GSI complements China’s Global Development Initiative (GDI), and quoted statements from former Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahbaz Gil and a Brazilian law professor about the synergy between the two initiatives. Lastly, the commentary stated that the GSI is “new China’s independent, autonomous, and peaceful” foreign policy, and is the product of “diplomatic traditions and wisdom with Chinese characteristics.” It noted examples of such in China pushing peace plans to resolve issues in Palestine and the Middle East, promoting negotiations over the Iran nuclear issue, advancing a political resolution to tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and promoting the establishment of cooperative mechanisms that include Afghanistan. On the Ukraine issue, China has also “abided by objectivity and fairness” and “contributed Chinese wisdom” to de-escalate the situation.
Zhong Yin: Consolidate the Foundation for the Rule of Law for China’s Governance
10.13 People’s Daily continued a series of Zhong Yin (仲音) commentaries on “historical achievements and changes in the new era.” 13 October’s commentary discussed Party and state efforts to promote the rule of law. The commentary began by noting that as of June 2022, more than 730 different laws and regulations have been established or revised and that more than 234,000 cases of unfair competition (不正当竞争) have been investigated and resolved. It proceeded to discuss Xi Jinping Thought on the Rule of Law, noting how it has strengthened the Party’s ability to govern the country. The commentary asserted that the rule of law pertains to multiple areas, including reform, development and stability, domestic and foreign affairs, national defense, Party governance, among others. It also noted several improvements made in the “socialist rule of law” that have modernized the country’s system of governance. It noted how ecological and environmental issues motivated the implementation of the Environmental Protection Law and how different regions and authorities have implemented strict pandemic prevention and control measures in accordance with the rule of law to combat the coronavirus. It stated how “depending on the rule of law to resolve different kind of social dilemmas and problems” will “give fuller play to the fundamental role that the rule of law plays in stabilizing expectations and providing benefits in the long-term,” thus helping to ensure the country’s “security, economic development, cultural prosperity, social stability, and construction of ecological civilization.” The commentary said that the “guiding objective” of China’s rule of law is always the people, and quoted Xi Jinping’s statement that it is important to “embody the interests of the people, reflect the people’s wishes, defend the people’s rights and interests, and advance the people’s welfare through implementing the process of all areas of the rule of law.” Ultimately, if the “rule of law flourishes the country flourishes, and if the rule of law is strong, then the country is strong.”
People’s Daily Commentator: Push Forward Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era with the Spirit of Hard Work – Written on the Occasion of the Publication of the “Chronicle [of Achievements] Since [the] 19th Party Congress”
10.13 People’s Daily published a Commentator Article commemorating the publication of the “Chronicle [of Achievements] Since [the] 19th Party Congress” (党的十九大以来大事记, hereafter “Chronicle”) by the Central Committee’s Institute of Party History and Literature in People’s Daily. Noting that the past five years since the 19th Party Congress have been “extremely unusual and extraordinary,” the article stated that the Central Committee with Xi Jinping as the core has coordinated the overall strategies of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation (中华民族伟大复兴) amid “changes unseen in a century” (世界百年未有之大变局); united and led the whole Party, the whole army, and people of all ethnic groups in China to “effectively deal with the severe and complex international situation”; and pushed forward Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era (新时代中国特色社会主义). It declared that “practice has fully proven” that the Party has established Xi Jinping as the core of the Central Committee and the whole party, and established the “guiding position” 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). The article stated that this reflects the “common aspirations of the entire party, entire army, and people of all ethnic groups across the country,” and is of decisive significance to the development of the Party and the country in the new era, as well as to advancing the historical process of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation (中华民族伟大复兴). The Chronicle reviewed major political undertakings and themes, including strengthening the overall leadership of the Party and the centralized and unified leadership of the Central Committee; comprehensively building a moderately prosperous society (全面建成小康社会); promoting high-quality development; advancing reform at a “rapid pace”; steadily advancing “whole-process people’s democracy” (全过程人民民主); actively developing “advanced socialist culture” (社会主义先进文化); improving people’s livelihoods; the fight against poverty (脱贫攻坚战); constructing an ecological civilization (生态文明建设); maintaining social stability; promoting the modernization of national defense and the military; “resolutely maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”; carrying out major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics (中国特色大国外交); the “people’s war against the pandemic”; implementing the Hong Kong National Security Law; deeply promoting comprehensive and strict governance of the Party; “strengthening the tightening of discipline and improving party conduct” (正风肃纪); and promoting “not daring to be corrupt (不敢腐), being unable to engage in corruption (不能腐), and not wanting to be corrupt (不想腐).” The Commentary claimed that since the 18th Party Congress, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, and the Party has fully implemented its basic theory (基本理论), basic line (基本路线), and basic strategy (基本方略); achieved breakthrough progress; overcame many long-term unsolved problems; and withstood the tests of “risks and challenges from politics, economy, ideology, nature [and other aspects]” to make historic achievements and changes in the cause of the Party and the country. It further noted that these great changes have “milestone significance” (里程碑意义) in the history of the Party, the history of new China, the history of socialist development, and the history of the development of the Chinese nation.
Lastly, the article called on its audience to “hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics”; adhere to the guidance 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); “deeply understand the 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)”; strengthen historical self-confidence; and strive to write a new chapter in comprehensively building a modern socialist country.
United Front Work
All-China Women’s Federation and Other Danwei Hold “Loyal to the Party and Responsible to the People” Family Conduct Story-Sharing Event
10.8 The All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF), Work Committee of the Central Government Departments under the Central Committee (中央和国家机关工委), Central Party School (National Academy of Governance), and Culture and Tourism Ministry jointly organized a “story-sharing event” on stories related to “family conduct” (家风), with the goal of supporting positive family conduct among party members in the new era. Participants included the “descendants of heroes and models” and representatives from the ACWF’s national “most wonderful family” (最美家庭) awards. The event included three “chapters” on various themes. On the theme of “loyally establishing a household reflecting the original aspiration (初心),” the event included reenactments of several stories of ideal revolutionary-era spouses such as Cai Hesen (蔡和森) and Xiang Jingyu (向警予), both early Party members who were executed prior to the founding of the PRC. On the theme of “sincerely passing down family conduct of dedication to the country,” the children and grandchildren of several nationally-commended models such as rural educator Gong Quanzhen (龚全珍) spoke about their families and upbringing. Finally, representatives of the nation’s “most wonderful families” spoke on the theme of “taking on the task of honest (廉洁) family management.” The event involved recitation of “classic poems” and “red songs” (红色歌曲) to express an atmosphere of good family conduct.
Central Military Commission
“Ten-Year Chronicle of a Strong Military” is Published
10.9 In celebration of the 20th Party Congress, the Academy of Military Sciences compiled a “Ten-Year Chronicle of [a] Strong Military” (强军十年大事记), published by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Press and PLA Daily with the approval of the Central Military Commission (CMC), to reflect the “magnificent history” of the PLA in the new era. The Chronicle reviewed major achievements of the PLA since the 18th Party Congress, stating that the PLA had “made great historic achievements in national defense and army building,” continued to “write a new chapter on the road to a strong army with Chinese characteristics (中国特色强军),” and showed a “new style of the times.” The Chronicle focused on reflecting the “truth and practical strength of Xi Jinping Thought on Strengthening the Military (习近平强军思想),” showing the “loyalty of all officers and soldiers defending the core (维护核心),” and “resolutely fulfilling the mission and tasks of the new era.” The Chronicle consists of 518 articles and more than 60,000 characters, and its distribution “is of decisive importance” to educating and guiding all officers and soldiers to “deeply comprehend the decisive significance ‘two establishes’ (两个确立) from the vivid practice and great achievements of strengthening the military in the 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)”; implement the CMC Chairman Responsibility System (军委主席负责制); resolutely obey the command of the Party Central Committee, the CMC, and Xi Jinping; and take practical actions to “welcome the victorious convening of the 20th Party Congress.”
International Liaison Work
10.13 CCP International Department (CCP/ID) Deputy Head Qian Hongshan (钱洪山) met with the Ambassador to the PRC from Poland, Wojciech Zajączkowski.
10.13 Qian Hongshan met with the heads of Turkmenistan’s three officially-recognized parties via videoconference: Democratic Party of Turkmenistan (TDP) Chair Ata Serdarov, Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan Chair Saparmyrat Owganow, and Agrarian Party Chair Byashim Annagurbanov.
10.14 CCP/ID Deputy Head Guo Yezhou (郭业洲) spoke at the opening of a seminar for cadres from the Mongolian People's Party.
10.8 Liu Guohong (刘国洪) was appointed Vice-Minister of Natural Resources.
10.8 Lü Weihong (吕伟红) was appointed Deputy Director of the General Administration of Customs.
10.8 Li Jinfa (李金发) was appointed Director of China’s Geological Survey.