- Vice governor of Jiangsu Province and member of the provincial CCP standing committee Li Yunfeng was formally placed under discipline investigation. Beijing launched discipline inspections into CCP groups at 26 prominent organizations.
- The United Front Work Department urged its personnel at every level to cooperate with the Organization Department and Ministry of Education in order to promote the inclusion of non-CCP members into higher education leadership teams. About 17% of members of China’s democratic parties were said to be based in centers of higher education, according to statistics cited by the United Front Work Department.
- Premier Li Keqiang announced at a State Council executive meeting that the government would eliminate an additional 47 professional licensing and certification procedures in order to lower the threshold for workers entering into China’s job market. 272 licenses and qualifications had previously been eliminated over the past two years.
State Council Information Office, China Spiritual Civilization Net
5.30: Xi Jinping attended the National Science and Technology Innovation Conference in Beijing, where he gave a speech on making China into a global technological power. Xi set a target for national S&T development, saying that China should establish itself as “one of the most innovative countries” by 2020, a leading innovator by 2030, and a global S&T power by 2049, the hundredth anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). He called S&T development the bedrock of a country’s power and success. Xi also addressed China’s need to expand innovation capacity, saying, “The situation, in which our country is under the control of others in core technologies in key fields, has not fundamentally changed, and the country’s S&T foundation remains weak.” Xi said that the state urgently needs to support S&T development now more than ever.
State Council Information Office, Xinhua
6.1: Xi Jinping met with a delegation of representatives of the Worker’s Party of Korea led by Central Committee Vice Chairman and International Department head Ri Su-yong. After welcoming the delegation, Xi said that the meeting reflected the strong tradition of strategic communication between the two parties on major issues. He also said he hopes for greater economic development for the North Korean people, and for greater achievements to come from building socialism in the DPRK. Ri Su-yong expressed hope that the DPRK and China would strengthen and develop its traditional friendship, and safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. Xi Jinping stressed that China attaches great importance to China-DPRK relations. He said China’s position on the peninsula is consistent and clear, and he hopes the relevant parties will maintain restraint, and strengthen communication and dialogue.
6.2: The State Council Information Office released a white paper entitled “Freedom of Religious Belief in Xinjiang” (新疆的宗教信仰自由状况), saying that Xinjiang is enjoying unprecedented religious freedom, as “no citizen suffers discrimination or unfair treatment for believing in, or not believing in, any religion.” The white paper stated that normal religious activities in Xinjiang are protected by law, and that the government does not interfere with the internal affairs of religious organizations. It also said that the government is improving its ability to contain religious extremism, and that judicial organs at all levels in Xinjiang are combating crimes committed in the name of religion. The paper emphasized the flourishing religious atmosphere in Xinjiang, pointing to the 24,800 religious venues in Xinjiang, including mosques, Buddhist temples, and Protestant and Catholic churches. It also stated that the Xinjiang government particularly caters to religious pilgrims, arranging chartered flights to Mecca and spending millions of yuan every year on services for religious pilgrims in Xinjiang. The white paper also said that China resolutely opposes the politicization of religious issues, and that China will never allow a foreign government to interfere in its religious matters.
United Front Work Department
5.31: An article from the United Front Work Department argues that institutions for higher education are important bases for the United Front Work Department to select and train non-CCP affiliated cadres. According to the “Regulations for the Selection and Appointment of the Party and Government Cadres,” leadership teams at higher education institutions are required to include non-CCP affiliated cadres. In addition, higher education institutions were said to have a high concentration of democratic parties’ members and non-partisan members (无党派人士). Citing 2013 statistics, the piece stated that 150,000 out of 900,000-plus members of China’s democratic parties were located at higher education institutions (about 17%), along with many non-partisan members. The United Front Work Department pointed out that every level of the department needs to join forces with the Organization Department and Ministry of Education to research and establish a plan that includes non-CCP affiliated representatives in higher education institutions. Universities need to have non-CCP affiliated members in their senior management teams and properly increase the ratio of qualified non-CCP affiliated members in their mid-level management teams.
United Front Work Department
6.1: An article from the United Front Work Department explained the importance of the legalization of its activities. The article claimed that the duties of the CCP have changed significantly due to the change of China’s domestic and international situations. The “Regulations for United Front Work,” issued in May 2015, was said to have systematically and comprehensively improved united front work through legalized methods of normalization. This advancement was said to be a necessary requirement for establishing a nation based on the rule of law. Previous united front work mainly relied on political experience and had the issue of “too much action with little talking” (只做不说). By legalizing united front work, randomness will be reduced and public credibility will be increased, the piece asserted. The new regulations also were said to advance the modernization of united front work, and formally include united front work as an important part of striving for “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” Furthermore, the “Regulations” clarified that CCP committees have the primary responsibility of implementing the policy of united front work. Of additional importance, the regulations also defined the responsibilities of democratic parties in China. Last but not least, Xi Jinping pointed out that united front work needs to focus on returning Chinese students from foreign countries, leveraging and controlling new media and the internet, and uniting those in the non-public economic sector, particularly its younger generation. These regulations have set off a consistent and targeted focus on the above-mentioned groups since their implementation, evident through the regular monitoring of United Front Work Department sources.
6.2: The Beijing Municipal Party Committee hosted a mobilization conference for its second round of discipline inspections into Party groups at 26 organizations. During the conference, Beijing Discipline Inspection Commission Secretary Li Shulei (李书磊) stated that it is necessary to deepen political inspections in order to implement the spirit of the Central Committee’s inspection work. The meeting emphasized that inspection groups need to consider inspection a political responsibility and examine whether CCP cadres and leadership teams studied, promoted, and implemented CCP theories, policies, and decisions within their organizations. In addition, the inspection groups will examine whether Party groups coordinate with all other parties in their departments, promote their role as “fighting bastions” of the CCP, respect and implement CCP discipline, and effectively prevent corruption and ensure discipline. Lastly, the conference asked all inspection groups to remember their responsibilities and dare to discover problems in order to ensure Party discipline. Organizations to be inspected include: Beijing Municipal Committee’s Taiwan Work Office, Beijing’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, and Beijing Media Network.
5.30: Li Yunfeng (李云峰), Jiangsu Province Party standing committee member and vice governor. Li Joined the CCP in 1981 and has held several positions within Jiangsu’s Party committee, including secretary-general and general office director.
6.1: Sun Baoshui (孙宝水), CPPCC vice chair and United Front Work Department head of Langfang City, Hebei Province. Sun joined the CCP in 1986 and has held several party positions in Langfang City. Most recently, he was the Party secretary of Dachang Hui Autonomous County.
6.1: Chu Laifu (褚来福), member and vice chair of the Baishan municipal CPPCC in Jilin Province. He previously served in many leadership positions in the Baishan municipal government, including as the deputy secretary-general and chief of the Bureau for Letters and Calls.
6.2: Yang Guozhi (杨国志), Party standing committee member and deputy mayor of Luohe City, Henan Province. Yang has held several Party positions in Wuyang County, Henan Province. He was most recently the Party committee secretary-general of Luohe City.
6.3: Liao Tianming (廖天明), President of the Intermediate People’s Court in Ezhou City, Hubei Province.
6.3: Liu Baihong (刘柏洪), leading Party group member and vice mayor of Qingyuan City, Guangdong Province. Liu joined the CCP in 1992 and has held several Party positions in Qingyuan City. He was most recently the Party committee secretary of Qingcheng district in Qingyuan City.
6.3: Zhang Junyou (张军佑), municipal People’s Congress standing committee Party group member and deputy director of Luohe City, Henan Province.
Ministry of National Defense: Authoritative Announcements
5.29: The CMC Leading Small Group on Deepening Reform on National Defense and the Military published a compilation of Xi Jinping’s thoughts on deepening national defense and military reform (习近平关于深化国防和军队改革重要论述摘编), taken from speeches between the years of 2012 to 2015. The CMC said that studying the compilation of speeches will aid people in understanding and thoroughly implementing the spirit of Xi’s most important speeches, strengthen support for reform, and offer the ideological guarantee needed for implementing reforms. The CMC emphasized that all levels of the military should exercise a strong political consciousness and sense of political responsibility, study and implement Xi’s writings on national defense and military building as a major political mission, and consciously embrace, support, and participate in reform. The CMC also called for military news outlets to step up publicity efforts in order to strengthen the “atmosphere of learning.”
6.1: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced at an executive meeting of the State Council that the government would eliminate a new set of professional licensing and certification procedures in order to lower the threshold for entering into the job market in China. The meeting decided to eliminate 47 professional licenses in addition to the 272 professional licenses and qualifications which have been eliminated during the past two years. Li emphasized that as long as national security, personal safety, food safety, and environmental safety are not involved, the government needs to allow the market to play a decisive role in qualification assessment, and that the role of the government is merely to serve and supervise. Li also pointed out that professional licenses and qualifications reduce entrepreneurship and job searching incentive. Some professional licenses and certifications were said to merely be excuses for charging additional fees.
6.1: A Xinhua article pointed out that China is going through a crucial period of economic transformation, and that it is unlikely that the economic growth rate will reach double digits again due to the sheer size of the Chinese economy. As China transitions from a middle-income country to a high-income country, it will encounter difficulties that will need to be addressed through reforms in its economic structure, with a special focus on supply-side reform, the piece stated. The current problem was said to be overcapacity in traditional industries as the result of changing demand. Therefore, it is essential to enact supply-side reform in order to meet these changing demands, said the piece. Unlike Western economic theory, which emphasizes the role of taxation, demand instead of supply, and the market instead of government, Chinese supply-side reform will pay attention to all of these factors and work to: reduce overcapacity; promote the optimization and restructuring of enterprises; lower costs for firms; develop new strategic industries and a modern service sector; and increase the service of public goods. Lastly, Xi Jinping stated innovation is also the key for supply side reform.
5.30: International Department Vice Minister Zhou Li (周力) met Uruguayan Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs José Luis Cancela in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on issues of mutual concern, including geopolitical issues and bilateral relations.
5.30: International Department Vice Minister Liu Hongcai (刘洪才) met an Iranian Expediency Discernment Council of the System delegation led by representative Mohammad Taghi Azarshab in Beijing. Liu referenced Xi Jinping’s state visit to Iran as establishing a new comprehensive strategic partnership and leading the two countries into a new stage of relations. Azarshab expressed his wish to strengthen relations with the CCP and improve cooperation in realms such as cultural and educational exchange.
5.31: International Department Minister Song Tao met a North Korean Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) delegation led by Central Committee Vice Chairman and International Department head Ri Su-yong in Beijing. The North Korean delegation reported on the situation of the Party’s 7th Congress, and both sides reiterated the importance of strengthening party-to-party cooperation, further developing China-DPRK relations, and maintaining regional stability.
5.31: International Department Minister Song Tao (宋涛) met with Sri Lanka United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Kabir Hashim in Beijing. Both leaders discussed the long history of relations between China and Sri Lanka, and agreed that the two countries should seek opportunities for mutual economic, trade, and infrastructure development. Song Tao brought up the South China Sea issue, saying that China insists that parties to disputes resolve them through peaceful negotiation rather than mandatory arbitration. He emphasized that China is ready to work with ASEAN countries to jointly safeguard peace, stability, and security. Hashim reportedly agreed that the South China Sea issue is a regional affair, and should be resolved through bilateral consultations between the parties, rather than subject to outside forces. Hashim reportedly said that China is an important force for protecting regional peace and development, and that Sri Lanka believes that the CCP and Chinese government will play an even more active role in the peaceful development of the region.
5.31: International Department Minister Song Tao met a delegation from the Worker’s Party of Korea led by Central Committee Vice Chairman and International Department head Ri Su-yong. Both sides discussed the history of friendship between the two parties and how to work together to promote regional peace and stability.
6.1: A CCP delegation led by Duan Yuying (段余应), Deputy Secretary of the Work Committee for Departments Directly Under the CCP Central Committee, met with Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza in Bujumbura, Burundi. Nkurunziza expressed gratitude to China for its support of Burundi through the post-election crisis, and assisting the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) in improving the party’s ability to govern. The Chinese side said that China is interested in strengthening inter-party cooperation between the CCP and the NCDD-FDD.
5.30: Zhao Zhengping (赵争平) was confirmed to be the new China Securities Regulatory Commission vice chair. He was previously the China Securities Regulatory Commission assistant chair and Party committee member.
5.30: Wang Hong (王红) was confirmed to be the new deputy director of the Counselors’ Office of the State Council. She was previously bureau chief of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Financial Work.
5.30: Zhao Bing (赵冰) was confirmed to be the new deputy director of the Counselors’ Office of the State Council. He was previously the director of the Inspection Office of the State Council General Office.
5.30: Wan Gang (万钢) was confirmed to be the new chair for the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). He is concurrently the vice chairman of the National CPPCC, Chairman of the Zhi Gong Party (a democratic party), and minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology.