The case of Bo Xilai, a former member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, has indeed caused quite a stir. No matter what people say, as long as the Wang Lijun incident was exposed and the investigation procedure started, no power could have erased the mistake that had been made.
No one who violates the rules or the law is immune to investigation and punishment, nor could they be protected, despite their high-ranking official titles and possible adverse effects following a judicial probe.
"Everyone is equal before the law" is no longer an empty slogan. If you're an official, you can't expect to be an exception when violating the law. It is much more reliable to exercise your power according to the laws and regulations, rather than trying every means possible to build up a network of protection.
It's not only that the Party is stressing strict discipline, but the Chinese public is also demanding the Party do so. The practice of strict Party governance will not balk at any cost.
Currently in China, a few officials see themselves as privileged, and regard loopholes in public power restriction as space for their abuse of power. All officials should realize the irresistible growth of democratic supervision in China's public power operation system. The Party's long-term governance must be accompanied by greater self-discipline and restrictions from society.
Only those who obey the principle of strict Party governance will not see a sudden breakdown of their political career. Public opinion also supports honest officials, while punishing those who employ tricks. The public will have an increasingly greater say in shaping the rules of Chinese officialdom.
A higher official rank or title should entail a sense of greater responsibility and caution in exercising power, rather than coming with a sudden deluge of miscellaneous benefits.
Strict Party governance is urgently needed more now than ever, especially in this era when some Western forces regard disrupting the Party as the only way to cause a "China collapse."
At the moment, much criticism against China sets the Party as the target, and spares no efforts in indoctrinating the Chinese public with the idea that the fate of the Party and China are unrelated, or even that the two are opposed to each other.
Strict Party governance is an irreversible trend. Those who deny this will be eliminated. All Party members, especially officials, should clearly understand this.
The author is a commentator with the Chinese edition of the Global Times. firstname.lastname@example.org