Posted November 9, 2016
BEIJING — The sixth plenary session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which was held in October, has sent a strong message of the party’s determination to carry out comprehensive and stricter intra-party governance.
Many observers and scholars around the world have noted that the all-round governance of the CPC is expected to inject fresh impetus in the efforts to pursue the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee, stressed at the meeting the need to regulate intra-party political life and increase supervision, calling the move “an important approach to promote comprehensive and strict party governance.”
The CPC published on Nov. 2 updated norms on party political life, which were introduced to perfect the CPC’s “Four Comprehensives” and promote strict governance of the party.
Some foreign observers and scholars say that at a critical point of time in China’s development, the CPC’s call for strict governance within the party indicates the far-sighted strategic vision and wise governance of the Chinese leaders.
The new plan is not only an important innovative step by the CPC itself, but also an example of possible management and governance for other political parties around the world, as some have observed.
Gu Xuewu, director of the Center for Global studies at Bonn University, said “by holding the plenum, the CPC led by Xi is intended to show the Chinese people and the world a ruling party devoted to self-renewal, self-growth and self-improvement.”
The two documents on CPC discipline approved at the session are crucial to strengthening party governance through purifying, perfecting, reforming and upgrading CPC rules on political life, supervision and accountability, as well as personnel selection within the party, said observers.
Gu believed the new guidelines on intra-party life were designed mainly to prevent party members from becoming corrupt, especially those holding high-ranking positions.
“Insisting on the purity of the party has become a key factor in defining the path for China in the context of the global economic crisis,” said Xulio Rios, director of Spain’s Observatory of Chinese Politics in Madrid.
“New rules and procedures should be consolidated to raise the moral standard of the CPC and its members, face more challenges and ensure public recognition of their ability to realize the two centenary goals of building an all-round moderately prosperous society and becoming a modern socialist country as well as realizing the Chinese Dream.”
Some foreign observers believe by strengthening intra-party governance and furthering the anti-corruption campaign, China will not only continue to advance its own economy but also help raise the international status of the country.
“China’s anti-corruption drive looks set to yield high results for the world’s second largest economy’s efforts to maintain good governance and economic growth aimed at ensuring a sustainable flow of benefits for its people and countries and regions around the world,” said Munshi Faiz Ahmad, chairman of the Bangladesh Institute of International Studies.
Nasser Abdel-Aal, scholar at Cairo-based Ain Shams University’s Chinese Studies Center, said through strict governance of the party, the CPC “enhances political life inside itself and renews its liveliness and youthfulness.”
“Such meetings are very important as they represent self-revision inside the party and leads to correcting mistakes, if any,” said Ahmed Wali, a former Egyptian assistant foreign minister.
China’s confidence in its system stems from CPC governance, whose efficiency in correcting mistakes has also drawn great interest among international observers.
Some foreign observers believe the governance of the CPC with Chinese characteristics would give other political parties around the world an ideal example of “Chinese wisdom.”
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