Beijing—With every passing meeting of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), a chart of China’s future, designed by the nation’s top leaders, unfolds.
Deepening reform, advancing rule of law, and building an all-round moderately prosperous society were the focus of the third, fourth and fifth plenary sessions of the 18th CPC Central Committee. Strict Party governance is the focus of the sixth plenary session, which started Monday. This focus, known as one part of the “Four Comprehensives,” is widely viewed as the strategic outline and key governance thought of the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping as general secretary.
Tasked with studying and implementing the top-level designs for strict Party governance, the sixth plenary session will take the strategic vision of the “Four Comprehensives” to new heights.
Yet, strict Party governance is not new. Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, the CPC leadership has pledged to unswervingly implement comprehensive and strict Party governance. This included an “eight-point” guideline against bureaucracy and extravagance, and a “mass line” campaign to bring officials closer to the public.
The leadership has also taken great pains to address corruption, which it believes could threaten the very survival of the Party and the state.
It is natural that people may wonder why Party governance has been elevated to such a height that it is an integral part of the overall strategy.
For the CPC – with more than 88 million members, larger than Germany’s population – staying true to its mission and keeping constantly invigorated is a tough challenge.