Officials encouraged to promote 'mass line' campaign Published: 2013-7-17 17:00:00

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Officials urged to promote 'mass line' campaign
China's top leadership has called on local officials to vigorously promote the "mass line" education campaign and apply it to boosting development and people's livelihoods.

"Officials should set an example by studying and bearing in mind the 'mass line' guideline, always seeing things from the perspective of the mass," said a Tuesday statement that summarized inspections made by seven members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee as part of the campaign.

"Mass line" refers to a guideline under which CPC officials and members are required to prioritize the interests of the people and persist in representing them and working on their behalf.

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GT editorial: China must pass ‘exam’ set by the people
Now the Party is confronted with an open "exam" with increased difficulties. The whole Party as well as every Party member should strive to do well, since  corruption and isolation from the public will severely damage the reputation of the Party in the Internet era. The results of the "exam" are not only related to the fate of the Party, but all the Chinese people. Nobody can just be a bystander in the "exam."

Xinhua News Agency: CPC's "mass line" campaign not a short-term movement
The CPC has initiated multiple movements throughout its history in order to aid in the implementation of new policies. However, such methodology has been seen as old-fashioned and not compatible with contemporary society. In addition, such movements typically lasted for only a limited time, resulting in some problems re-emerging after the movements concluded. The CPC is facing a more complicated situation in maintaining ties with the public, as rapid economic and social development has resulted in conflicts between different social groups.

Therefore, the CPC needs to build systems and mechanisms to encourage its members to interact with the public and guarantee its mass line principle.

"Mass line" campaign shows CPC's determination
The reinforcement of the "mass line" has demonstrated the determination of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to correct any misbehavior that may get in the way of its development. The "mass line," a guideline introduced by the revolutionary forerunners of the CPC, champions close Party-people relations that helped the Party come to the national power.

Campaign aims to warm up relations

Practice among leadership is the focal point of inspections and an important manifestation of party conduct. The "mass line" education campaign aims to improve relations between the people and their leadership.

People’s Daily: Grass-roots officials must actively seek improvement
The top leadership started the "mass line" campaign in order to correct the improper practices of some officials. Grass-roots officials can influence the feelings and opinions of the public directly. Therefore local officials should take the initiative to improve their working style instead of waiting for orders from above. Rise against bad work styles among officials
Undesirable practices such as formalism, excessive bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance hurt the party's image and its relationship with the people. If these work styles cannot be corrected, the party will lose the faith of the people. This fight against such practices relate to the survival of the party and realization of the Chinese dream.

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群众路线 qúnzhòng lùxiàn “mass line”


坚持群众路线是作风建设的核心。(Source: 人民网)

The “mass line” is the core of improving work style.

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