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Weekly Report 5|12 3.25.23-3.31.23


Highlights


Xi Jinping presided over a Politburo meeting during which a decision was made to launch a Party-wide thematic education campaign from April onwards on implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. (See Senior Leaders section)


Xi Jinping presided over the fourth collective study session of the Politburo on implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and delivered an important speech. (See Senior Leaders section)


Politburo Standing Committee Member and Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) Li Xi (李希) presided over a collective study session on the “three musts” (三个务必) and “continuing the red bloodstream.” (See Discipline and Inspection section)

 

Senior Leaders


Qin Gang and Honduran Foreign Minister Reina Sign the Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between China and Honduras


3.26 State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Qin Gang (秦刚) participated in talks with Honduran Minister of Foreign Affairs Eduardo Enrique Reina and signed a communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of Honduras. He began by emphasizing that “Chairman Xi Jinping highly prioritizes China-Honduras relations” and asked Foreign Minister Reina to extend Xi Jinping’s “sincere greetings” to Honduran President Xiomara Castro. He stated that China welcomes a visit by President Castro as soon as possible after diplomatic relations are established. He emphasized that the “one-China principle is the common consensus of the international community” and is a “recognized norm of international relations.” He emphasized that Honduras’ decision means that the country has joined the “world’s mainstream” and that its decision “fully fits with the country and people’s basic and long-term interests.” He stated that China “highly appreciates the Honduran side’s clear attitude and firm determination” in establishing relations. He proceeded to state that both sides should “enhance understanding, deepen mutual trust, and advance practical cooperation” to promote a “smooth start” to China-Honduras relations. He expressed his hope that Honduras would create a positive “political atmosphere” (政治氛围) and “public opinion environment” for the “smooth development” of bilateral relations. Next, he emphasized that the two countries establishing diplomatic relations is “fair and square” and that it is part of a “historical trend” (历史潮流) that nobody and no force can stop. He stressed that the two sides should strengthen coordination and “accelerate consultations on bilateral agreements and cooperation mechanisms” and emphasized quickly building the “four beams and eight columns” (四梁八柱) of bilateral relations. He stated that Honduras is welcome to support and participate in Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road” Initiative (“一带一路”倡议), the “Global Development Initiative” (全球发展倡议), the “Global Security Initiative” (全球安全倡议), and the “Global Civilization Initiative” (全球文明倡议). He stated that China is willing to “fully support Honduras’ socioeconomic development, improve the standard of people’s lives, expand the import of Honduras’ special products,” encourage Chinese companies to invest more in Honduran industries, and participate in “large-scale, basic infrastructure construction” in Honduras. Lastly, he stated that the establishment of relations between China and Honduras not only benefits the peoples of both countries but will also “strengthen united cooperation with developing countries” and create “important effects” when it comes to “promoting the democratization (民主化) of international relations.”



Han Zheng Holds Discussion with Representatives of the Advisory Committee of Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management


3.28 PRC Vice President Han Zheng (韩正) participated in a discussion with representatives of the advisory committee of Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management including Apple CEO Tim Cook. He emphasized that “to understand today’s China, it is necessary to deeply understand the strategic deployments (战略部署) made at the 20th Party Congress for China’s future development in the new period.” He stated that the Party’s goal is to enable 1.4 billion Chinese people to live better lives and that the “central task” of the Party is to use “Chinese-style modernization” (中国式现代化) to “comprehensively promote the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” He explained the history and “distinct features” (鲜明特征) of Chinese-style modernization and stressed that there is no single model or standard for realizing modernization, that modernization must be based on individual national conditions, and that it must fit with the practical conditions of each country. He emphasized that China walking the path of “common prosperity (共同富裕) for all people,” advancing “harmonious coexistence” between humans and nature, and promoting “high-quality development” are all “basic requirements” for realizing “Chinese-style modernization.” He stated that China would continue upholding a basic policy of “external opening” (对外开放), relaxing “market access” (市场准入), optimizing the business environment, and working with other countries to defend the “stability of the global industrial supply chain.” He proceeded to state that “Chairman Xi Jinping values to a high degree the work of the advisory committee” and has “great expectations” for “giving full play to the role of the advisory committee.” He also emphasized “deepening China’s external practical cooperation” with other countries. Next, he stressed that “education is the prerequisite for the country’s development and national rejuvenation” and that “investing in education is investing in the future.” He stated that the “Chinese government has overcome the impact of the pandemic and challenges with economic downturn (经济下行) and “insisted on not decreasing financial investment in education.” He expressed his hope that members of the committee would continue “deeply participating in China’s development” and actively engage in external “exchanges and cooperation” in technology and education.



Xi Jinping Holds Phone Call with Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman


3.28 Xi Jinping held a telephone conversation with the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman. He began by extending greetings and emphasized that right now China-Saudi relations are in the “best period in history.” He noted his “successful” trip to Saudi Arabia during the previous year. He further noted the successful convening of the 2022 China-Arab States summit and the China-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Riyadh which “forcefully promoted the development of China-Saudi relations” and advanced relations between China, GCC, and Arab countries. He stated that both these summits have created “positive effects” on the regional situation in the Middle East. He emphasized that China is willing to work with Saudi Arabia to implement the achievements made at the “three rings summit” (三环峰会). He further stated the importance of continuing to support each other on “core interests” (核心利益), expanding “practical cooperation” and people-to-people exchanges, promoting the China-Saudi Arabia comprehensive strategic partnership to realize greater development, and comprehensively constructing a “China-Arab community with a shared future for the new era.” He pointed out that recently under the joint efforts of China, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, the “Beijing dialogue” (北京对话) was successfully held and achieved “major results.” He stated that the dialogue will help improve relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, strengthen “united cooperation” among countries in the region, and will have “major demonstration effects (示范效应)” already praised by other countries that will ultimately reduce “regional tensions.” He proceeded to state that in recent times the “momentum for the easing of tensions between countries in the region has been bolstered” and that this “fully demonstrates” that using dialogue to resolve contradictions and differences is the will of the people and accommodates both the “trend of the times” and each country’s interests. He expressed his hope that Saudi Arabia and Iran will espouse the “spirit of good-neighborliness and friendliness” and “unceasingly build relations based on the achievements made at the Beijing dialogue.” He stated that China would be willing to support dialogue between the two countries going forward as well.



Xi Jinping Presides Over Politburo Meeting


3.30 Xi Jinping presided over a Politburo meeting during which a decision was made to launch a Party-wide thematic education campaign from April onwards on implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. The meeting also deliberated regulations on the reporting of personal information by leading Party cadres. The meeting emphasized that the campaign, which will focus on leading cadres at or above the county-level, will use the Party’s “innovative theory” (创新理论) to “unite thoughts, unite will, unite action” and “carry forward the spirit of great Party building.” It stressed keeping in mind the “three musts” (三个务必) and comprehensively promoting both the construction of a “modern, socialist country” and the need to “unite in struggle (团结奋斗) for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”. It emphasized that deep study and implementation of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics is a “major deployment” by the Party to comprehensively implement the spirit of the 20th Party Congress and “mobilize the entire Party’s cadres to complete the Party’s central task (中心任务).” It stressed the importance of using Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics to “condense heart and soul,” promoting deep comprehension of the decisive significance of the “two establishes” (两个确立), strengthening the “four consciousnesses” (四个意识), consolidating the “four confidences” (四个自信), and achieving the “two defends” (两个维护) in addition to maintaining a high degree of consistency with the Party Central Committee in terms of “ideology, politics, and action.” Next, it emphasized the importance of promoting “self-revolution” (自我革命) in the Party and enabling the whole Party to unite more closely around the Party Central Committee with Xi Jinping as the core. It stated that the overall requirement for carrying out thematic education is “learning thoughts, strengthening Party spirit, emphasizing practice, and making new achievements.” It requested all Party groups and committees to attach a high degree of importance to “careful organization” and “strengthening the Party’s grasp and use of innovative theories” in addition to grasping the “transformation of investigation and research results.” Next, it emphasized the importance of preventing the “two skins” (两张皮) and firmly opposing and preventing “formalism.” It then discussed the system for officials to report their personal information, noting that since the 18th Party Congress it has been folded into the “strategic layout” of the Party and that it has pushed Party officials to promote strict management and supervision over cadres. It emphasized revising the “Regulations on Leading Cadres’ Reporting Personal Matters” to improve “reporting” and “self-revolutionary” systems in addition to going further in supervising and monitoring leading cadres. Lastly, it requested that cadres be “honest people,” truthfully report their personal information, and “consciously accept organizational supervision.”



Xi Jinping Emphasizes Continuously Deepening Learning and Implementation of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era at the Fourth Collective Study Session of the Politburo


3.31 Xi Jinping presided over the fourth collective study session of the Politburo on implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and delivered an important speech. He pointed out that learning and implementing Xi Jinping Thought is a “basic requirement” for the “new era” and “new journey” and that it is important to use Marxism to arm the entire Party and use it to “guide practice” and “promote work.” He emphasized that every step forward in terms of “theoretical innovation” (理论创新) is a step forward in “theoretical arming” (理论武装) but that the task of “theoretical arming” is still difficult. He stated that Xi Jinping Thought encompasses all areas including reform, development, stability, internal affairs, foreign affairs, national defense affairs, and governance as it relates to the Party, state, and military thus constituting a “complete scientific system.” He emphasized that the 20th Party Congress Work Report pointed out that the “main content” of Xi Jinping Thought was encapsulated by the “Ten Clears (十个明确), Fourteen Persistences (十四个坚持), and Thirteen Areas of Achievement (十三个方面成就).” He stated the importance of completely grasping the “main content” in addition to understanding “new ideas, new thoughts, and new strategies” in various areas. He proceeded to discuss how the Work Report of the 20th Party Congress had pointed out a “scientific method” for promoting “theoretical innovation,” namely by adhering to “putting the people above all else,” upholding “self-confidence and self-reliance” (自信自立), and continuing to innovate. He also referenced the concept of the “six must persists” (六个必须坚持) and stated that only by “accurately grasping the stand, viewpoint, and method of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, including the ‘six must persists,’ can the essence of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era be better understood.” He emphasized the importance of turning socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era into a “strong ideological weapon (思想武器)” that can transform the “subjective and objective world.” He stressed that cadres at all levels must learn and grasp the Party’s innovative theories regarding staying true to ideals and convictions and not forget the “original mission.” He stated that they must also improve political judgment, political understanding, and political administration abilities and be “loyal, clean, and responsible.” Next, he emphasized that it is necessary to use socialism with Chinese characteristics for the new era to better coordinate the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation with profound changes unseen in a century. He stated the importance of being adept at using such ideology to promote “Chinese-style modernization,” achieve “new breakthroughs,” strengthen “political leadership,” enrich “strategic support,” resolve “development issues,” and stimulate vitality. He proceeded to emphasize the importance of “completely, accurately, and comprehensively implementing the new development concept,” promoting “high-quality development,” and advancing “common prosperity” (共同富裕). Lastly, he emphasized that it is important to use such ideology to “defuse major risks, adhere to bottom-line thinking, be prepared for danger in times of peace (居安思危),” and always maintain an attitude of preparing for war. Politburo Members Liu Guozhong (刘国中), Li Ganjie (李干杰), Li Shulei (李书磊), He Weidong (何卫东), and Chen Min’er (陈敏尔) were also present at the study session.



Xi Jinping Speech at the 90th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony of the Central Party School and Spring 2023 Semester Opening Ceremony


3.31 Qiushi published a speech delivered by Xi Jinping on 1 March 2023 at the 90th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Central Party School (CPS) and the spring 2023 semester opening ceremony. Xi noted that over the past 90 years, CPS has made significant contributions to training party cadres, promoting the Party’s ideological and theoretical construction, serving the cause of the Party and the people, and has accumulated a great deal of valuable experience. He remarked that the original intention of CPS has always been to educate talents and offer advice to the Party. He emphaiszed that in the new era and new journey, party schools at all levels “must stick to this original aspiration, forge ahead with determination, and make new contributions to comprehensively building a modern socialist country and comprehensively promoting the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation (中华民族伟大复兴).” Xi then emphasized four major points in his speech. First, “[in order to] adhere to the original intention of CPS, we must always consciously serve the overall situation of the Party and country.” He highlighted that CPS is an important functional department of the Party and it must always “adhere to the banner, will, and mission of the Party.” Xi summarized key CPS achievements in uniting the Party throughout its history and quoted Mao Zedong in “fully affirming the role of CPS in the Chinese revolution.” Second, “[in order to] adhere to the original aspiration of CPS, we must take an active role in cultivating a group of ruling cadres who are worthy of the important task of national rejuvenation (民族复兴),” in which he emphasized CPS’ “heavy responsibility and duty” to cultivate high-quality cadres. In addition, Xi stated that in order for the Party to do a good job of cultivating talents, it must also do good work in spreading the truth of Marxism, teaching the cause of promoting reform, development, and stability, and “solving the confusion encountered in transforming the subjective world and the objective world.” He declared that “theoretical cultivation is the core of the overall quality of leading cadres, theoretical maturity is the foundation of political maturity, and political firmness comes from theoretical clear-mindedness.” Third, “[in order to] adhere to the original intention of CPS, we must strive to be a new force in the Party’s ideological and theoretical construction,” in which he highlighted CPS’ role at the forefront of party ideology and theory, as well its important role in the modernization of Marxism in China. Fourth, “[in order to] adhere to the original intention of CPS, we must adhere to the strict management and quality of the school,” in which he emphasized that due to CPS’ status, it must be better than ordinary schools in terms of school governance and education quality; follow the strictest political, academic, teaching, and management standards; and ensure that it “always keep its original aspiration firmly in mind (牢记初心) and fulfill its mission (践行使命).”

 

Propaganda Work


People’s Daily Commentator: Strive to Write the Chapter of Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation in Tibet – Written on the 64th Anniversary of Democratic Reform in Tibet


3.28 People’s Daily published a Commentator Article on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of democratic reform in Tibet [which coincided with the 1959 Tibetan uprising], which called for continued adherence to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership with Xi Jinping as the core, as well as continued high-quality development of Tibet “that is in line with Tibet’s reality.” The Article noted that this year marks not only the 64th anniversary of Tibet’s democratic reforms, but also the 14th anniversary of the “[Tibetan] Serfs' Emancipation Day” (西藏百万农奴解放纪念日), which was a result of the abolishing of the “feudal serfdom system of theocracy” and initiating the “greatest and most profound changes in Tibetan history.” It declared that “under the strong leadership of the CCP,” Tibetan society has achieved a historic leap from feudal serfdom to a socialist system, and the development of Tibet has achieved a great leap from “poverty and backwardness to civilization and progress.” The Article stated that achievements have been made in Tibet’s development, particularly since the 18th Party Congress under the leadership of the Central Committee with Xi Jinping as the core, and in today’s Tibet, “political stability, social stability, economic development, ethnic unity, religious harmony, border defense consolidation, and people living and working in peace and contentment” present a “thriving scene which fully demonstrates the incomparable superiority of the socialist system.” It proclaimed that history and reality have “fully proven” that democratic reform is a “great feat that has truly benefited the people of all ethnic groups in Tibet,” and it is due to these reforms that all of the social advancements seen in Tibet were made possible and fully guaranteed. The Article noted that China’s development is facing new strategic opportunities and requirements, and Tibet’s socioeconomic development is also standing at a new historical starting point. Quoting Xi Jinping, the Article stated that “in governing the country, [we] must govern the borders, and in governing the borders, [we] must first stabilize Tibet” (治国必治边、治边先稳藏), and that Tibet’s continuous stability and rapid development are important contributions to the overall work of the Party and country.


In closing, it called for fully implementing the Party’s strategy for governing Tibet in the new era; adhering to the general tone of “seeking progress while maintaining stability” (稳中求进); comprehensively implementing the new development stage and new development concept; integrating the new development pattern; promoting high-quality development; strengthening the construction of border areas; focusing on the four major issues of “stability, development, ecology, and strengthening the border” (稳定、发展、生态、强边); continuing to make new achievements in promoting the ecological protection and sustainable development of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau; deeply comprehending the decisive significance of the ‘two establishes’ (两个确立), strengthening the ‘four consciousnesses’ (四个意识), consolidating the ‘four confidences’ (四个自信), achieving the ‘two defends’ (两个维护)”; “embarking on the road of high-quality development that is in line with Tibet’s reality”; and working hard to write the “Tibet chapter” in the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation (中华民族伟大复兴) and the Chinese dream (中国梦).

 

Party Discipline


Li Xi: Firmly Implement the Major Requirements of the “Three Musts” and Solidly Promote High-Quality Development in Discipline Inspection and Supervision Work


3.28 Politburo Standing Committee Member and Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) Li Xi (李希) presided over a collective study session on the “three musts” (三个务必) and “continuing the red bloodstream.” He emphasized that all discipline and inspection organs must “deeply learn and implement the spirit of the 20th Party Congress” and “deeply understand General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important discussions related to the diverse content and important meaning of the ‘three musts’ so as to firmly support the ‘two establishes’ (两个确立).” He stated that the practical action of the “two defends” (两个维护) has promoted the “high-quality development” of disciplinary and supervision work and provided a “firm guarantee” for the realization of the Party’s “original mission” (使命任务). He emphasized that the 20th Party Congress has drawn a “grand blueprint” (宏伟蓝图) for the comprehensive construction of a “modern, socialist country” and the promotion of the “comprehensive rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” He stated that it had called upon the entire Party to adhere to the “three musts” thus demonstrating the Party’s “firm strategic confidence (战略自信)” and “a high degree of strategic sobriety (战略清醒).” He stated that the “three musts” are diverse in content and far-reaching and that they embody the “glorious tradition” of the “two musts” (两个务必). He emphasized that disciplinary and supervisory organs are a “major force” in promoting the Party’s engagement with “self-revolution” (自我革命) and “societal revolution” (社会革命) and that they shoulder an “important mission” and play an important role when it comes to “promoting the process of Chinese-style modernization (中国式现代化).” He stated that to correctly implement the “political requirements of the ‘three musts’ in each category of discipline and inspection work,” it is essential to “never forget the original mission, continue the red bloodstream (红色血脉), and inherit red genes (红色基因).” He further emphasized the importance of upholding “absolute loyalty” (绝对忠诚) to the Party and firmly safeguarding its authority. He proceeded to state the necessity of “daring to struggle,” being “adept at struggle,” and fighting corruption. Next, he emphasized “educating and guiding” discipline inspection and supervision cadres to embed the “three musts” in their own “self-construction” and adopting “higher standards” for “pure thinking” and “pure organization.” Lastly, he stated the importance of “eliminating ‘black sheep’ (害群之马),” improving the “strict system of management,” and building a “discipline and inspection iron army” that is politically loyal.

 

International Work

3.25 CCP/ID Deputy Head Qian Hongshan (钱洪山) participated in the opening ceremony of the Asian Youth Leaders Forum in Guangzhou where he met with the Vice-President of Laos’ General Assembly, Sommad Pholsena.


3.27 CCP/ID Head Liu Jianchao (刘建超) met with the Co-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties and Chairman of the Pakistani Senate’s Defense Committee, Mushahid Hussain Sayed.


3.28 CCP/ID Head Liu Jianchao (刘建超) met with the Secretary-General of Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tore Hattrem.


3.28 CCP/ID Deputy Head Qian Hongshan (钱洪山) met with the President of the Association for the Development of International Trade and Economic Relations, Oleg Demikhov.


3.28 CCP/ID Assistant Head Zhu Rui (朱锐) met with a delegation from a political party in Yemen.


3.29 CCP/ID Assistant Head Li Mingxiang (李明祥) met with the Ambassador of Cuba to the PRC, Carlos Miguel Pereira.


3.30 CCP/ID Head Liu Jianchao (刘建超) met with the President of the Malaysian Chinese Association, Wee Ka Siong.


3.30 CCP/ID Head Liu Jianchao (刘建超) met with a delegation led by the Secretary-General of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, Ahmad Majdalani.


3.30 CCP/ID Head Liu Jianchao (刘建超) met with the Ambassador of the Philippines to the PRC, Jamie Florcruz.


3.30 CCP/ID Head Liu Jianchao (刘建超) participated in the first meeting of the organizing committee of the Forum of Supporters Against Modern Neo-Colonial Practices organized by the United Russia Party.


3.31 CCP/ID Head Liu Jianchao (刘建超) met with a delegation of young politicians from Cambodia led by Central Committee of the Cambodian People’s Party Member, advisor to the Prime Minister, and Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport, Sean Borath.


3.31 CCP/ID Assistant Head Li Mingxiang (李明祥) met with a delegation of youth cadres from various Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa.

 

Organizational Work


3.24 Wang Daoxi (王道席) was appointed Vice Minister of Emergency Management.


3.24 Chen Ruifeng (陈瑞峰) was appointed Director of the National Religious Affairs Administration.


3.24 Huang Liuquan (黄柳权) was named national security technical advisor of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Macao Special Administrative Region.


3.30 Chen Zhenlin (陈振林) was appointed Director of the China Meteorological Association.


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