CPC plenum to focus on Party management

By Li Ruohan Source:Global Times Published: 2016/7/28 0:53:04

Strict internal governance a key strategic goal for leadership: observers

The Sixth Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee (CPCCC) to be held in Beijing in October is expected to bring strict intra-Party governance to a new level with the introduction of detailed and practicable regulations, officials said.

The Political Bureau of the CPCCC announced the news after a Tuesday meeting presided over by President Xi Jinping, who is also the general secretary of the CPCCC, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The October plenum will include the delivery of a work report by the CPCCC's Political Bureau and a review of key issues concerning the comprehensive management of the Party, according to a statement released after Tuesday's meeting. Committee members will also be tasked with defining the norms of intra-Party political life under current conditions and with writing a revision of a Party supervision regulation.

Zhang Xixian, a professor at the Party School of the CPCCC, told the Global Times that the plenum may summarize the experience of past strict intra-Party management rules and efforts before putting forward new requirements for Party members' conduct.

Intra-Party governance has been a focus and hallmark of the new leadership, and the Party has made progress on this issue, especially in the anti-graft campaign, Zhuang Deshui, a deputy director of Peking University's anti-corruption research center, told the Global Times.

"The next necessary move is to systematize intra-Party governance, and those newly made regulations need to be implemented practically and effectively," Zhuang said.

According to the official statement, the current intra-Party supervision regulation - promulgated in 2003 - will be revised, as it has become "incompatible with new practices and demands."

The meeting is likely to further regulate intra-Party political life with the establishment of more rules, including measures to update the accountability system, Zhang added.

The regulation on implementing the accountability system for all Party officials was passed in June, stipulating that officials should be held accountable if they fail to perform their duties and severely impact the Party's work, Xinhua reported.

The October meeting will also lay out measures to crack down on misconduct by officials, including objectionable work styles, pessimistic attitudes toward official work and trading favors and assets for official positions, said Zhang.

In the first half of 2016, a total of 26,900 officials were punished for violating the eight-point austerity rules released by the CPC in late 2012 to reduce pomp, ceremony, bureaucracy and other undesirable work practices, Xinhua reported Friday.

Additional anti-corruption efforts, such as the implementation of the "three stricts and three earnests" have also been promoted to improve intra-Party governance.

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