Weekly Report 5|18 5.5.23-5.12.23
Politburo Standing Committee Member Wang Huning (王沪宁) attended a work conference on Taiwan work and delivered a speech. (See Senior Leaders section)
On an inspection tour of Xiong’an New Area in Hebei Province, Xi Jinping presided over a symposium on promoting the construction of Xiong’an New Area and delivered a speech. (See Senior Leaders Section)
Politburo Standing Committee Member Ding Xuexiang (丁薛祥) presided over a video teleconference on youth employment and entrepreneurship work. (See Senior Leaders section)
Han Zheng Attends Coronation Ceremony of the United Kingdom’s King Charles III
5.7 Vice-President Han Zheng (韩正) attended the coronation ceremony of King Charles III in London. During his stay in the UK, he held a brief meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Prince William, and Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden. He emphasized that in the era of globalization the economies of all countries have deep relationships and that China promotes “high-quality development” and a “high level of external opening (对外开放).” He stated that cooperation between China and the United Kingdom has a “strong foundation” and that in recent years trade between the two sides has continuously grown. He stated that the United Kingdom has been an important market for Chinese investment and expressed hope that the British government would fairly and justly treat Chinese-funded enterprises. He also stated the importance of providing a secure living environment for Chinese students in the United Kingdom. He emphasized that both China and the United Kingdom are “beneficiaries” of “economic globalization, multilateralism, and free trade” and stated that China welcomes more exchanges with the United Kingdom on several issues. At a welcome dinner hosted by Chinese and British businesspeople, he emphasized that the Chinese Communist Party has drawn up a "grand blueprint" (宏伟蓝图) for comprehensively building a modern, socialist power and promoting the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation through Chinese-style modernization.” He emphasized that China’s development has a firm “leadership core” (领导核心) and that domestic and foreign policies maintain “continuity and stability.” He stressed that “regardless of how the world changes,” China will always bring more opportunities to the world through its own development and “inject certainty and positive momentum.” Lastly, he stated that the British business community plays an active role in promoting exchanges and cooperation with China and that they expect the community to continue “contributing wisdom and force” to the development of bilateral relations.
During Investigation in Gansu, Li Hongzhang Emphasizes Doing a Good Job with Legislative Work in the New Era to Provide a More Solid Legal Guarantee for Chinese-Style Modernization
5.8 Politburo Member Li Hongzhang (李鸿忠) conducted an investigation tour in Gansu between 6 and 7 May. During his investigation, he emphasized carrying out thematic education on Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, implementing Xi Jinping Thought on the Rule of Law, closely focusing on implementing the strategic deployments made at the 20th Party Congress, and providing a more “solid guarantee” for Chinese-style modernization. During his tour in Gansu, he went to a village and “food industrial park” to inspect achievements related to poverty alleviation and visited manufacturing sites to investigate the “development of high-tech industries.” He also presided over a symposium in Lanzhou to solicit opinions from members of the Standing Committees of the People’s Congresses of Gansu, Shaanxi, Qinghai, Ningxia, Xinjiang, and other provinces and districts. He stressed that Gansu has thoroughly implemented the guiding spirit of Xi Jinping’s important instructions on Gansu’s development, accelerated the promotion of “high-quality development” (高质量发展), comprehensively advanced “rural revitalization” (乡村振兴), and successfully focused on improving and ensuring people’s livelihoods. He stated that to do a good job in legislative work during the new era, it is important to “strengthen the Party’s leadership, deeply comprehend 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), achieve the ‘two defends’ (两个维护), and firmly implement the decision-making and deployments of the Central Committee.” He stressed “comprehensively, systemically, and holistically” implementing the Party’s leadership in all aspects of legislative work, ensuring that the Party’s propositions become the will of the state through the appropriate legal procedures, and ensuring the Party’s prosperity and the long-term stability of the country. Next, he emphasized that it is necessary to implement new tasks and new requirements related to building a strong country and consolidating “national rejuvenation,” strengthen legislation in key areas, “emerging areas” (新兴领域), and “foreign-related areas,” and promote the “scientific, complete, and unified authority of the socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics.” Furthermore, it is important to develop “whole-process people’s democracy” (全过程人民民主) and use “good laws” and “good governance” to help people realize better lives. Lastly, he emphasized that local legislation should be intricately connected with national legislation and focus on resolving “practical problems.”
Wang Huning Attends and Delivers Speech at 2023 Meeting on Taiwan Work
Between 9 and 10 May, Politburo Standing Committee Member Wang Huning (王沪宁) attended the 2023 Taiwan Work Conference and delivered a speech. He began by emphasizing the importance of using Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics as guidance and stressed comprehensively implementing the Party’s overall strategy for resolving the Taiwan issue in the new era. He further emphasized “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), using Chinese-style modernization to comprehensively promote the process of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and firmly not wavering from advancing the great task of the motherland’s unification.” Next, he stated that since the 18th Party Congress Xi Jinping has issued a series of important discussions on Taiwan work and put forward “new ideas, new thoughts, and new strategies.” He stressed the importance of “firmly grasping the dominance and initiative in cross-strait relations.” He emphasized firmly upholding the “one-China principle” and “1992 consensus” (九二共识) and promoting peace and development in cross-strait relations. He proceeded to state the importance of upholding the idea that “both sides of the strait are of the same family,” respecting and caring for Taiwan compatriots, and continuing to deepen cross-strait integration and development. He emphasized that it is necessary to slowly resume and expand cross-strait exchanges and to firmly oppose “Taiwan independence” separatist activity and external interference. He stressed “firmly safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the need to strengthen the Party’s “comprehensive leadership” over Taiwan work, deeply carrying out investigations and research, and promoting “high-quality development” in Taiwan work. Politburo Member and Central Foreign Affairs Commission Director Wang Yi (王毅) presided over the work conference.
Xi Jinping: Strengthen Confidence and Maintain Determination, Steadily and Surely Do Work Well, and Promote the Construction of Xiong’an New Area to Continuously Make New Progress
5.10 On an inspection tour of Xiong’an New Area (雄安新区) in Hebei Province, Xi Jinping presided over a symposium on promoting the construction of Xiong’an New Area and delivered a speech. In his speech, he emphasized that Xiong’an New Area has “entered the stage of large-scale construction” and that the focus of work has shifted to high-quality construction, management, decommissioning and development. Taking the high-speed rail to Xiong’an New Area in the morning, Xi first inspected the construction and operation of Xiong’an Station, as it is the first major infrastructure project in the development area. He pointed out that it is necessary to further improve the traffic of “micro blood vessels” (微细血管) connecting Xiong’an Station with Xiong’an New Area; improve the efficiency and logistics of gathering and evacuating people at the station; and build up the Zangang Area (昝岗片区) surrounding the station into a “high-end, high-tech industrial cluster.” Xi then visited Nanwenying Community where 5,000 people from Anxin (安新县) and Rongcheng (容城县) counties were resettled, and visited a party-mass service center and community canteen where he checked on the sentiment of the people. He stressed that he “has always been concerned about relocated people and is pleased to see that everyone is living well.” He stressed simultaneously promoting the modernization of urban governance, actively promoting equal provision of basic public services, and building a “people’s city” (人民之城) that is “suitable for business and living in the new era.” As he left, Xi noted that the construction of Xiong’an New Area is part of the “millennium plan” (千年大计) and a “major national event” (国家大事) and that “we should be neither impetuous nor wait for what we need; we must work hard for a long time.” He then visited the Xiong’an Intercity Station Hub (雄安城际站枢纽) in the core of the pilot area (启动区), where he emphasized building a future city without “urban diseases” (城市病) and “truly turn[ing] the high-standard urban planning blueprint into a high-quality urban development reality.”
Xi proceeded to deliver a speech in which he emphasized that under the “strong leadership of the Party Central Committee,” Xiong’an New Area has “achieved major phased results”; major progress has been made in infrastructure construction; initial results have been achieved in relieving Beijing’s non-capital functions; and relocation and resettlement work is “progressing in an orderly manner.” He called the construction of the New Area in just six years “a miracle,” and noted that it has been achieved under the severe situation of “changes unseen in a century” in the context of the pandemic. Next, he emphasized solidly promoting the implementation of various tasks related to relocating Beijing’s non-capital functions. He further stressed the relocation of the headquarters of a “second group” of central enterprises, second- and third-tier subsidiaries, and innovative businesses from Beijing. In addition, Xi noted that the city should start planning for the transfer of financial institutions, scientific research institutions, and public institutions (事业单位), as well as focus on strengthening the construction of scientific and technological innovation capabilities. Politburo Standing Committee Members Li Qiang (李强), Cai Qi (蔡奇), and Ding Xuexiang (丁薛祥), as well as Politburo Members He Lifeng (何立峰) and Li Ganjie (李干杰), also attended the inspection tour and symposium.
Ding Xuexiang Emphasizes Doing a Solid Job with University Graduate Employment and Entrepreneurship Work at Video Teleconference
5.11 Politburo Standing Committee Member Ding Xuexiang (丁薛祥) presided over a video teleconference on youth employment and entrepreneurship work. He emphasized that the Party Central Committee and State Council highly prioritize the employment and entrepreneurship of university graduates, pointing out that General Secretary Xi Jinping has issued a series of “important instructions” on the issue and that Premier Li Qiang has issued “clear requirements.” He stressed the importance of combining the study and implementation of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era with “employment and entrepreneurship work” targeting university graduates and emphasized transforming “research results” into “practical actions.” He emphasized that the “employment priority (就业优先) policy” must be implemented and that the “relevant policies and measures to stabilize employment” must be put in place as well. He proceeded to stress the importance of developing “marketized employment channels (就业渠道),” delivering on packages of “social insurance benefits,” incorporating policies related to “employment benefits” and “vocational training subsidies,” and stimulating motivation among enterprises to hire more people. Next, he emphasized supporting graduates wanting to start businesses by providing guaranteed loans and “discount policies” on interest. He stated the importance of stabilizing the “recruitment scale” of various institutions at all levels and ensuring that the number of graduates employed by state-owned enterprises this year does not fall below the amount employed the previous year. He emphasized various “preferential policies” (优惠政策) such as the “Western Plan” (西部计划) and guiding university graduates to work in both urban and rural communities. He stated the importance of providing effective “guidance services” (指导服务) to help students establish “accurate” views on career and employment choices and bolster general confidence regarding the employment situation. He further emphasized the importance of strengthening support for families in poverty or those affected by unemployment or disabilities. He highlighted cracking down on illegal recruitment activities, preventing and resolving issues related to “employment discrimination,” and guiding universities to “optimize school disciplines and majors.” Lastly, he stated that all localities, departments, and universities should again mobilize and deploy to strengthen “organizational leadership, consolidate the responsibilities of each party, strengthen institutional guarantees, and do a good job of publicity and guidance” so that this year’s objectives and tasks related to employment for university graduates can be achieved.
Xi Jinping Wrote Back to Encourage a Select Naval Submarine Crew to Make Greater Contributions to Realizing the Goals Set for the Centenary of the Military’s Founding
5.11 Xi Jinping wrote back to the crew of an unnamed submarine he previously met to provide them encouragement. In his letter reply, he emphasized that seeing their letter made him “think of the good times” he spent with them ten years ago. He stressed that he is happy to know that they have courageously shouldered “heavy responsibilities, dared to be the first (敢为人先), overcome a series of difficulties,” and completed all kinds of tasks assigned to them. He emphasized that the submarine force is fighting deep in the sea and ocean and that its “mission is glorious” and “responsibility is large.” He expressed his hope that “comrades would keep in mind the Party and people’s trust, continuously improve their capabilities in performing missions and tasks, and strive to forge comprehensively strong ‘underwater vanguards’ (水下尖兵).” He stressed making great contributions to realizing the “goals set for the centenary of the military’s founding” (建军一百年奋斗目标). The crew of the submarine, who were first visited by Xi in April 2013, recently wrote a letter to him stating that they are keeping in mind the “exhortations of the commander,” strengthening military training and preparation, and improving firm conviction and determination in the “ability to win.”
Discipline and Inspection
Li Xi Emphasized In-Depth Study and Implementation of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era to Draw On Wisdom and Force When Forging Ahead on the New Journey
5.9 The National Supervisory Committee of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) held a reading class for CCDI leaders presided over by Politburo Standing Committee Member Li Xi (李希). At the reading class, Li delivered a speech during which he emphasized deeply studying and implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. He stated the importance of consciously using the Party’s “innovative theory to arm the mind, guide practice, and lead all discipline, inspection, and supervision work.” He stressed “resolutely supporting the ‘two establishes’ (两个确立), firmly achieving the ‘two defends’ (两个维护), and uniting ideology and action with the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speeches and the decision-making and deployments of the Party Central Committee.” He proceeded to emphasize transforming the results of “thematic education” (主题教育) into “specific actions” and “practical results” that deeply promote “high-quality development” in discipline and inspection work. He pointed out that since the launch of the thematic education campaign, the CCDI has closely focused on the overall requirements of “learning ideology, strengthening Party character, emphasizing practice, and constructing new achievements.” Next, he stated that the CCDI has taken spreading the “guiding spirit” of Xi Jinping’s speeches as a primary issue and organized a series of activities to strengthen Party loyalty. He stressed that studying and implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics is a never-ending process and that it is a “political pursuit, a kind of work method, and a kind of living habit.” He emphasized using the Party’s innovative theory to “unify ideology, will, and action” and continuously improve “political judgment, political understanding, and political administration.” Next, he highlighted uniting more closely around the Party Central Committee with Xi Jinping as the core and the importance of understanding Xi Jinping’s important deployments and requirements regarding clean governance and the “anti-corruption struggle.” He further emphasized “carrying forward the Marxist style of study that connects theory and practice.” Lastly, he stressed strengthening the CCDI’s “organizational leadership,” continuing to deepen theoretical learning, solidly carrying out investigation and research, and creating a loyal, clean, and responsible “discipline and inspection iron army” that “dares to and is adept at struggle.”
5.8 Chinese Communist Party International Department (CCP/ID) Head Liu Jianchao (刘建超) met with the Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council of Iran, Mohammad Bagher Zolghdadr.
5.11 CCP/ID Head Liu Jianchao (刘建超) met with the Ambassador of Egypt to the PRC, Assem Hanafi.
5.11 CCP/ID Head Liu Jianchao (刘建超) met with the Ambassadors to the PRC from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.