- The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced that in order to address ongoing problems related to the “four forms of decadence,” five inspection teams would be established to inspect ten central ministries (listed in the Party Discipline section).
- The CCP Journal Qiushi warned Party cadres against being too afraid to do their jobs and choosing to do nothing because of CCP discipline enforcement efforts.
- The CCP celebrated the 65th anniversary of the “peaceful liberation” of Tibet, and highlighted improvements in Tibetan living standards, economic growth, and gender equality as examples of its success.
- Xi Jinping led a CCP Politburo meeting that discussed the creation of a secondary city center in Beijing, as well as the larger coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei supercity, showing high-level prioritization of the plan.
China Spiritual Civilization Net
5.26: The CCP Propaganda Department and the State Council’s Ministry of Justice convened in Beijing to hold the 8th National Conference on Rule of Law Propaganda and Education Work. They discussed the implementation of the “7th Five-Year Plan on Carrying Out Rule of Law Propaganda and Education Among Citizens” (关于在公民中开展法治宣传教育的第七个五年规划). The plan, to be implemented between 2016 and 2020, is the seventh five-year plan (FYP) on “legal education” (“七五”普法). Conference participants also discussed the accomplishments of the 6th FYP, saying that it widely publicized the constitution as the core of China’s socialist legal system, carried out extensive activities regarding the creation of the rule of law, deepened China’s socialist legal culture, and helped China maintain social harmony and stability. The meeting emphasized that in order to implement the plan, everyone must thoroughly study and implement Xi Jinping’s most important speeches, study and publicize the constitution, study and publicize the legal system of socialism with Chinese characteristics, improve multi-dimensional social enforcement of the rule of law, and promote awareness of the law. The piece states that carrying out the plan will advance social progress and build a socialist country under the rule of law.
Xi leads Politburo Meeting on Development of New Beijing Sub-Center; Coordinating Development of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
China Spiritual Civilization Net, China Central Television
5.27: The CCP Central Committee Politburo held a meeting in Beijing to discuss the coordinated development of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Province, or the “Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei Cooperative Development Plan” (京津冀协同发展), as well as the development of a secondary city center for Beijing. The plan focuses on traffic, ecology, and industry, and explores a development model meant for the optimization of dense population areas. “Globally advanced energy-saving and environment protection technologies, standards, materials, and craftsmanship must be extensively used to build a green city, a forest city, a spongy city and a smart city,” stated General Secretary Xi Jinping. Emphasis was placed on adhering to Chinese characteristics, people-centered development, and utilizing the highest standards. The new plan to develop the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area into a megalopolis of 130 million people is meant to revamp the region’s economy, but has already stressed transportation and other urban services. Chinese experts have stated that the successful development of the super city will require the large-scale reform of government institutions, including the establishment of a property tax system.
5.27: Guangming Daily reports that the 100-day countdown to the G20 Summit in Hangzhou has begun, and the international community was said to be eagerly waiting to benefit from the summit’s results. In the face of a challenging international economic environment that includes rising uncertainty, slumping trade and investment, increased protectionism, and other difficulties, the G20 Summit was described as the world’s main economic platform, and the Hangzhou summit was advanced as a great opportunity. This year’s four themes will be: promoting innovation, increasing efficiency in economic and financial governance, strengthening international trade and investment, and inclusive and coordinated development. China’s G20 countdown began as the G7 Summit in Japan ended, which addressed East and South China Sea territorial issues against China’s wishes.
United Front Work Department
5.23: On the 65th anniversary of Tibet’s “Peaceful Liberation,” or the date of the “Agreement of the Central People’s Government and the Local Government of Tibet on Measures for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet,” the United Front Work Department published an article detailing Tibet’s significant achievements and successes since 1951. The article celebrated the agreement for liberating Tibet from “delusional” external forces attempting to split Tibet from China. Since then, people’s lives have improved dramatically due to comprehensive economic and social development, the article said. The peaceful liberation and implementation of democratic reforms, as well as reform and opening up, put Tibet on the road to socialism with Chinese characteristics. The article pointed out Tibet’s economic growth since 1951, the recent increase in households that own a car (according to a “randomized” study that found 50% of households owned cars in four select villages), improvements in medical conditions, reductions in maternal and infant mortality rates, improvements in sanitation conditions, and improvements in gender equality as examples of successes. In 2005, the United Front Work Department added the Tibetan Affairs Bureau to handle Tibetan issues, with the mission to “cooperate with relevant parties in struggling against secessionism by enemies, both local and foreign, such as the Dalai Lama clique, and to liaise with overseas Tibetans.”
United Front Work Department
5.24: An article from the United Front Work Department stated that cadre leadership capabilities are developed from the bottom up, through the accumulation of work experience in various positions on the path toward leading posts. The department stated that the cultivation of leadership capabilities of non-CCP personnel should also follow this path, and that the Party needs to recruit more talented non-CCP personnel into leadership positions. To select and train talented non-CCP personnel for leadership positions is to perfect the system of multi-party cooperation and political consultation, strengthen national capacity building, increase political participation, enhance governing capacity, and demonstrate the CCP’s broadmindedness and trust towards non-CCP personnel. The department stated that governments and organizations above the county level need to put representatives from democratic parties and non-partisan groups into leadership positions, including at people’s congresses, governmental organizations, people’s political consultative conferences, state-owned enterprises, and civil societies. In addition, the CCP needs to select and designate qualified non-CCP personnel at central and provincial governments, universities, and research institutes as “chief leaders” (一把手) in order to harness their leadership.
5.23: Wa Qingrong (瓦庆荣), Guizhou Province agriculture committee Party group member and chief livestock specialist. Wa worked for more than 30 years in Guizhou Provincial offices related to animal husbandry and agriculture, and previously served as the province’s livestock veterinary bureau deputy director.
5.24: Yang Zhenchao (杨振超), vice governor of Anhui Province. Yang is an Anhui Province native who worked his entire career in the province, the first half of which was advanced in Tongling Nonferrous Metals (Group) Company. Previous provincial appointments included provincial economic and trade commission director and Party secretary; provincial State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) director and Party secretary; provincial economics commission Party secretary; and Huainan municipal committee secretary.
5.25: Zou Jiajun (邹家军), Party committee deputy secretary and political and legal affairs commission secretary of Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province. Zou joined the CCP in 1984 and has served in various Party positions in Jiangmen City, including Organization Department director.
5.26: Wang Yumin (王玉民), vice mayor of Xinxiang City, Henan Province. Wang served in various Party positions in Xinxiang city, including Party committee secretary of Muye District.
5.26: Wang Yueping (王跃平), leading Party group member and deputy chief of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Before advancing through the region’s SAPPRFT, Wang worked in positions at several CCP organs in Kashgar City, including the city’s propaganda department, Commission for Guiding Cultural and Ethical Progress, and organization department.
5.28: In order to thoroughly implement the CCP Central Committee’s Eight-Point Regulation, continue correcting the “four forms of decadence” (四风), and prevent discipline problems from reemerging, the Central Committee’s State Organs Work Committee and its related State Organs Discipline Inspection Work Committee decided to set up five discipline inspection teams to inspect ten central ministries, including the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Water Resources. State Organs Discipline Inspection Work Committee Secretary Deng Xiuming (邓修明) stated that ensuring the implementation of the Eight-Point Regulation is a major step in advancing the CCP’s discipline capacity building, and that political inspections are an important method for doing so. The current issue regarding the four forms of decadence is the shift from overt to covert decadence (“四风”问题由明转暗). The new inspection teams will use briefings, account audits, and individual conversations to identify potential Eight-Point Regulation issues. It is said that the Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Culture, General Administration of Sports of China, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Executive Office of the Three Gorges Project Construction Committee of the State Council, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Export-Import Bank of China, and Agricultural Bank of China will be inspected. The four forms of decadence are: formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism, and extravagance. The Eight-Point Regulation is a document that was adopted at a CCP Politburo meeting on 4 December, 2012. The regulation makes explicit requirements on how to improve cadres’ work style in eight areas, focusing on “rejecting extravagance” and reducing “bureaucratic visits, meetings, and empty talk.”
Ministry of National Defense: Authoritative Announcements
5.24: The Chinese and Russian militaries held their 18th round of strategic consultations in Beijing. Deputy Chief of the Central Military Commission’s Joint Staff Department Admiral Sun Jianguo (孙建国) and Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy co-chaired the consultation. Both sides exchanged views on regional and international security, military reform, and bilateral military cooperation. Sun said that the PLA is willing to work with the Russian military to enhance cooperation and strategic mutual trust, as well as further develop the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership. Rudskoy stated that the 18th round of consultations will further enhance China-Russia military cooperation, and reinvigorate their comprehensive strategic partnership.
5.24: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克强) attended the China Big Data Industry Summit and China E-Commerce Innovation and Development Summit in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province. More than 100 representatives from major Chinese and international companies, experts on big data, universities, research institutes, and news agencies attended the events. Li stated that China is going through a key period of economic transformation and modernization. Technologies such as big data and cloud computing were said to be beneficial to the development of the new economy, and China will integrate big data and the Internet with its manufacturing industry in order to improve traditional industries while promoting overall economic transformation. Li pointed out that China needs to utilize its advantage in human resources, and train more people to understand both the new economy and traditional industries. In this way, more products can meet the demands of consumers and the market, Li said. Additionally, Li stated that the government would provide enough space for new industries to develop, but also ensure supervision and regulation to guarantee fair competition. Li emphasized the importance of intellectual property rights, cyber security, and fair competition between Chinese and international companies. Last but not least, the Premier encouraged companies to invest more in the western regions of China.
5.26: A Qiushi Journal article warned CCP cadres against “striving for mediocrity.” The piece claimed that some Party cadres are afraid of being different and are willing to remain mediocre, which not only damages the atmosphere among Party cadres, but also affects performance management. The article claimed that some CCP cadres believe it is “better to not do anything to not have a mishap” (只要不出事，宁愿不做事), and are afraid of making enemies. Excuses for inaction appeared after the 18th National Congress of the CCP, during which the CCP decided to implement strict Party discipline; since corruption is no longer easy for CCP cadres, certain members decided to not do anything and become mediocre, the article said. It asked all Party cadres to face up to problems and take on more responsibilities. In addition, Party cadres must value the opportunity of the “Two Studies, One Action” education plan in order to eliminate any misunderstanding and enhance political awareness, overall situational awareness, core awareness, and conformity awareness.
5.23: International Department Vice Minister Chen Fengxiang (陈凤翔) met with a Pakistani parliamentary delegation from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Commission in Beijing. Chen noted the profound friendship between the two countries, and stated China’s willingness to actively promote the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to build the prosperity of both countries. The president of the commission assured the Chinese side that the commission would actively promote the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
5.23: International Department Minister Song Tao (宋涛) met with former White House Senior Director for Asian Affairs and current Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Jeffrey Bader in Beijing. They discussed mutual issues of concern in U.S.-China relations.
5.23: CCP Politburo member, Secretary of the Secretariat, and head of the Central Committee Propaganda Department Liu Qibao (刘奇葆) led a CCP delegation to visit South Korea. The delegation met with ROK National Assembly Speaker Chung Eui-hwa, Deputy Prime Minister Lee Joon-sik, Foreign Ministry Executive Yun Byung-se, and Culture Sports and Tourism Minister Kim Jong-deok. Liu discussed progress in PRC-ROK relations under the leadership of President Xi and President Park, and stated that China is willing to work with the ROK to deepen bilateral relations in an effort to ensure regional peace and revitalize Asia. The South Korean representatives emphasized their commitment to enhancing relations through bilateral exchanges in various fields. As China’s position and influence in the world rises, both sides agreed they must work together to ensure stability and prosperity in Northeast Asia and the World.
5.24: International Department Vice Minister Zhou Li (周力) met with the Hungarian Ambassador to China Andrea Cecilia Szilas in Beijing. Both sides discussed bilateral relations and expanding party-to-party exchanges.
5.24: International Department Vice Minister Zhou Li met a multiparty delegation from Colombia in Beijing. Zhou praised the state of bilateral relations and pledged to support Colombia’s reconstruction efforts, and both sides wished to strengthen party-to-party relations and expand cooperation on various fronts.
5.24: International Department Vice Minister Zhou Li met a delegation from Palestine’s Fatah party. Zhou praised the historically strong China-Palestinian friendship, and pledged to support the Palestinian cause and strengthen cooperative efforts through the “One Belt, One Road” initiative. The Palestinian side expressed hope to further strengthen party-to-party relations and learn from the success of CCP governance. During the meeting, the Palestinian delegation reportedly voiced their opposition to the South China Sea arbitration case, and stated support for direct negotiations between directly-involved parties.
5.25: International Department Vice Minister Chen Fengxiang met Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) Central Committee member and Nepalese Minister of Youth and Sports Shatya Narayan Mandal in Beijing. Both sides stated their desire to deepen party-to-party relations and improve cooperation and youth exchanges on the commercial, cultural, and educational fronts to further the China-Nepal partnership.
5.25: International Department Minister Song Tao met Japanese Communist Party Central Committee Political Bureau member Yasuo Ogata in Beijing. Song emphasized that peace and mutual development is in the best interest of both China and Japan, and that China will continue to push for better relations through the articles laid out in the Treaty of Peace and Friendship and agreements reached by both countries’ leaders, to which Ogata agreed. Song further urged Japan to maintain historical correctness and lead constructive efforts on issues such as the South China Sea dispute and China’s development.
5.26: CCP Politburo member, Secretary of the Secretariat, and head of the Central Committee Propaganda Department Liu Qibao met New Zealand Prime Minister and New Zealand National Party leader John Key in New Zealand as part of a state visit from 24 to 26 May. Liu stated that China-New Zealand relations have reached a historical milestone, and that both countries should strengthen commercial cooperation, promote cultural communication, and elevate the comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level. Key reiterated the emphasis that New Zealand placed on foreign relations with China, and pledged to boost cooperation in various realms to achieve the stability and prosperity of the Asia Pacific region.
5.27: International Department Vice Minister Liu Hongcai (刘洪才) met an Algerian National Liberation Front delegation. Both sides expressed the wish to deepen party-to-party relations and exchanges to further the China-Algerian comprehensive strategic partnership.
5.23: Wu Qing (吴清) was confirmed to be the new Shanghai Stock Exchange Party committee secretary. He previously held leadership positions at the China Securities Regulatory Commission.