Party discipline should be stricter than law

By Xie Laiwei Source:Global Times Published: 2016/10/23 19:33:39

The sixth plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee will be held from Monday to Thursday, which was announced at a meeting held by the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on September 27. The plenum will focus on enacting overall strict party discipline, as well as strengthening and standardizing intra-Party political life.

During the meeting in late September, reports on the drafting of two documents, which are the norms of political life within the Party under the new situation and a revision to an intra-Party supervision regulation, were heard by the Political Bureau members. Revisions of the two documents which were made according to the discussions at this meeting will be submitted to the sixth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee for deliberation.

China has made huge progress in becoming the world's second largest economy from being the world's largest developing country. It is now standing closer than ever to its goal of achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The key to reaching its two centenary goals, namely building a comprehensive well-off society and a prosperous, strong, democratic, civilized and harmonious modern socialist country, is the strong leadership of the CPC.

Only a ruling party with strict discipline can lead its people to overcome major challenges, avert major risks and resolve major conflicts. And the key of governing the Party is to strengthen its discipline and ensure that Party regulations and discipline are stricter than the country's law.

Party regulations and discipline must be complementary to the country's law, and must play the role of an early warning alarm before Party members break the law, instead of only investigating those who have already committed crimes over their violations of Party regulations and discipline. Party regulations and discipline must also be stricter than law. Ordinary citizens' violations of rules or social morality, if committed by Party members, should be seen as violations of Party discipline and Party members who do so must face serious investigation. The process of prosecuting them according to the Party discipline must also be more forceful than prosecuting ordinary citizens who have broken the law.

Adopting a serious approach to intra-Party political life is the basis of strictly and comprehensively governing the Party. Leading organizations and officials in the Party at all levels, especially those responsible for leading organs within the Party, are the main targets of the policy of strengthening intra-Party political life. How they exercise their power of leadership must be standardized.

Therefore, rules must be made over how they exercise their power, what are the outcomes and how their plans are implemented, in order to clarify each official's responsibility. It should be ensured that officials have both power and responsibilities at the same time. When they use their power, they will be supervised. If they fail to fulfill their responsibilities, they will be investigated and punished.

Strengthening Party discipline requires intensifying top-down supervision, improving democratic supervision from bottom to top, while encouraging supervision among the same levels of Party organizations.

In reality, many people have simultaneously violated Party discipline and the country's law. On that score, a combination of supervision from within the Party and among the country's ordinary citizens is needed. People and media should bring their supervisory roles into full play to build an overall supervisory network and enhance the deterrence of strengthening Party discipline comprehensively.

The author is a professor at the Party School of Chongqing Municipal Committee of the CPC. Follow us on Twitter @GTopinion

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