- Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated that various cross-Strait people-to-people exchanges will continue, and expressed hopes that cross-Strait youth exchanges will increase. The statements came just before the Taiwan Affairs Office’s 25 June announcement that cross-Strait communications have been suspended.
- The first national “Internet Media National Defense” activities were held in Nanchang, with close to 70 attendees from major Internet media firms. The event aimed at strengthening public opinion work on the Internet to help people learn about China’s glorious military history, and included lectures on network security.
- The conference on “Democratic Oversight of Poverty Alleviation” was held in Beijing, which emphasized the importance of oversight from China’s democratic parties for alleviating poverty. The CCP Central Committee designated eight democratic parties to oversee poverty alleviation efforts in eight central and western areas.
- The 10th discipline inspection of the 18th CCP Central Committee is set to inspect 32 central and national departments and organizations, as well as re-inspect four provinces. The goal is to examine whether or not the CCP leadership at these targets have implemented anti-corruption policies.
State Council Information Office
6.21: During his visit to Uzbekistan to attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), where he elevated China-Uzbekistan ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership, Xi Jinping released a signed article in Narodnoye Slove, an Uzbek newspaper, to discuss his vision of China-Uzbekistan relations, titled, “A Glorious New Chapter in China Uzbekistan Friendship.” Xi’s article listed imperatives for establishing a better relationship between the two countries that focuses on the common interests of development and national renewal. First, China and Uzbekistan must enhance mutual political trust. Xi said that China supported Uzbekistan’s independent choice of a development path and the decisions it has made to ensure stability, while opposing any outside intervention in Uzbekistan’s internal affairs. Second, the two countries must work together to ensure the success of “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR). Third, China and Uzbekistan must enhance their mutual understanding. Xi alluded to the two Confucius Institutes in Uzbekistan as platforms for nurturing the China-Uzbekistan friendship. Fourth, the two countries must deepen China-Uzbekistan security cooperation to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism, and drug-trafficking. Fifth, they must enhance strategic coordination in international affairs. Xi stated China would like Uzbekistan to play a larger role ininternational affairs. He also penned articles that struck similar themes in media outlets in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Egypt during his visit to the Middle East earlier this year.
China Spiritual Civilization Net
6.23: Ahead of the 95th anniversary of the founding of the CCP, China Spiritual Civilization Net printed an article titled “Facing the New World Order.” The article stated that after 95 years of promoting human peace and development, the PRC is now unprecedentedly close to the center of the world stage. It is also closer than ever to achieving the goal of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The article focused on the Xi administration’s successes in diplomacy, saying that the CCP is working hard to achieve a model of diplomacy based on mutual gains and win-win cooperation. In particular, the CCP was said to have achieved great successes in major power diplomacy through establishing a “new type of great power relations” with the United States and strengthening China-Russia relations. It has also engaged developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East to achieve common goals, the piece states. The article makes clear that “win-win cooperation” is a special characteristic of Chinese diplomacy that was developed by the CCP, as evidenced by Xi Jinping’s “China Dream Speech,” in which he stated that China’s dream is not only the pursuit of common good for the Chinese people, but also for all people. The article indicates that China is taking over global responsibilities from Western powers at a time when they witness difficulties with economic growth.
6.24: Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at the 16th Meeting of the SCO in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in which he discussed the SCO as a forum to further enhance the international influence of participating states. He also said that members have been supporting each other’s chosen development path and defending their core interests. In his speech, Xi made several suggestions for the future development of the SCO, which included: carrying forward the “Shanghai spirit” and making the SCO a positive force in the international order; focusing efforts primarily on security, combating extremism and the drug trade, and promoting ethnic reconciliation in Afghanistan; expanding cooperation, particularly through the OBOR initiative; emphasizing cooperation on cultural issues, such as on the reconstruction of archaeological monuments; and insisting on openness and inclusiveness, specifically by confirming the membership of India and Pakistan during the summit. The CPC News article emphasized that all parties agreed that maritime law should be based on international law and UNCLOS, and that conflicts should be resolved by negotiation without foreign interference. The article also stated that relevant sides must abide by UNCLOS and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.
Energizing Private Sector Development: United Front Work Department Minister Speaks to Private Enterprises
United Front Work Department
6.19: United Front Work Department Minister Sun Chunlan (孙春兰) attended the 5th Minshang Convention for the business community of Fujian Province. During the event, Sun emphasized the key role of private enterprises in developing the economy of Fujian Province, stating that Fujian has shown significant improvement in protecting intellectual property rights and lowering financing barriers for private companies. Sun asked private enterprises to have faith in China’s economy, seize the opportunity of “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR), and willingly participate in supply-side reform. Sun emphasized that all levels of the United Front Work Department and All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce must implement relevant policies to encourage innovation and coordination in the private sector.
United Front Work Department
6.21: The conference on the “Democratic Oversight of Poverty Alleviation” was held in Beijing, attended by United Front Work Department Minister Sun Chunlan. During the conference, Sun pointed out that democratic oversight from different democratic parties is important for alleviating poverty, and that the CCP Central Committee highly values multi-party cooperation in this regard. Sun emphasized that the starting point of overseeing poverty alleviation is to help the CCP and government win the battle of combating poverty. It is important to ensure that the process of oversight involves discovering, studying, and solving problems. Sun pointed out that democratic oversight for poverty alleviation is a groundbreaking task that requires organization, planning, and coordination, as well as a new form of support for the role of democratic parties in China. After the event, the CCP Central Committee assigned eight democratic parties to oversee poverty alleviation efforts in eight central and western areas.
6.23: The 10th discipline inspection of the 18th CCP Central Committee is set to inspect 32 central and national departments and organizations, as well as re-inspect (回头看) four provinces. The goal of this new round of discipline inspections is to examine whether or not CCP leadership at these targets played a key role in implementing anti-corruption policies. The new inspection teams at the four provinces to be re-inspected will not only examine whether or not these provinces have corrected their wrongdoings, but will also attempt to discover new problems. The article warned that there are severe consequences for political irresponsibility. The Central Inspection Group has already initiated nine rounds of inspections at over 180 local organizations, 31 provinces and municipalities, important state-owned enterprises, and central financial institutions. During the past three years, the most prominent problems have been weak Party leadership, a lack of Party capacity building, and weak implementation. With the advancement of the “Four Comprehensives” strategy, discipline inspection has become the key method of internal oversight and a way to bolster the CCP Central Committee’s leadership, the piece explained. The “Four Comprehensives” are: comprehensively building a moderately prosperous society, deepening reform, implementing the rule of law, and strengthening Party discipline.
6.23: Tibet Autonomous Region’s Party committee organized a study session on the “Two Studies, One Action” education program. During the study session, Tibet Autonomous Region Party Secretary Chen Quanguo (陈全国) pointed out that the CCP Constitution is the embodiment of the CCP spirit, and that to study the CCP Constitution is to maintain the purity of the CCP. Chen emphasized that there are six requirements for following the CCP constitution. First, CCP members have to follow political discipline and enhance political awareness, overall situational awareness, core awareness, and conformity awareness. Second, Party cadres must adhere to Party discipline and resolutely follow the Central Committee led by Xi Jinping. Third, following financial discipline is required in order to ensure transparency and legitimate use of public funds. Fourth, CCP members shall be guided by Party discipline and must ensure that their relatives do not violate Party discipline. Fifth, CCP cadres must strive to serve the Party and the public. Lastly, CCP members have to make core socialist values their code of conduct.
6.21: Song Jiachuan (宋家传), People’s Congress Standing Committee leading Party group deputy secretary and deputy director of Bengbu City, Anhui Province. Song studied law at the Central Party School, and has conducted political work while serving in the People’s Liberation Army. He has also served in various Party posts in Bengbu City, and was recently Party committee secretary of Yuhui District, Bengbu City.
6.22: Ge Xiaohua (葛晓华), leading Party group member and vice mayor of Nanping City, Fujian Province. Ge graduated with a master’s degree from Fujian Provincial Committee Party School and has served in various Party posts in Fujian’s Jian’ou County. Most recently, he was the Party secretary of Jianyang Municipal Government, Fujian Province.
6.24: Li Kejun (李可君), Party committee standing committee member and discipline inspection commission secretary for Tangshan Normal University. Li spent a long career working for Tangshan City, Hebei Province, including as Organization Department head for Tanghai County and Luan County. He was previously hailed as an “outstanding Party worker,” a Tangshan Party Committee and municipal government “leading cadre with outstanding performance,” and a Tangshan City advanced worker.
6.24: Zhou Zhangxin (周章新) municipal standing committee member and Propaganda Department head of Meizhou City, Guangdong Province. Zhou spent most of his career serving in Meizhou and was previously the Party committee secretary and head of Jiaoling County, Meizhou.
Ministry of National Defense: Authoritative Announcements
6.23: Close to 70 representatives of People’s Daily Online, Xinhua Online, Guangming Online, PLA Daily Online, Tencent, and other Internet media firms gathered in Nanchang to participate in the first national “Internet Media National Defense” activities this week. The event was intended to implement Xi Jinping’s instructions on strengthening public opinion work on the Internet, as well as increase the role of Internet media in helping people learn about China’s glorious military history and tradition of patriotic support for the military. The events included special lectures, tours, and discussions of Xi’s important speeches on network and information security. The group also visited the Nanchang Uprising Memorial Hall in order to become familiar with its “glorious history” in addition to expressing their love for the military and support for national defense.
Zhang Zhijun: Cross-Strait People-To-People Exchanges Will Continue, Youth Exchanges Should Increase
Taiwan Affairs Office
6.20/6.24: On 20 June, Head of the CCP Central Committee Taiwan Work Office and the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office Zhang Zhijun (张志军) received a delegation from the Kuomintang Young Workers Federation (国民党青工总会) in Beijing. At the meeting, Zhang pointed out that young people are the future of cross-Strait relations, and are the new driving force of the relationship’s development. He expressed his hope that youth from both sides of the strait would increase contact and communication, and build a beautiful future for cross-Strait relations. The delegation also held meetings with the Communist Youth League and the All-China YouthFederation. On 24 June, Zhang met with a delegation led by Taiwan’s Nantou County head, Lin Mingzhen (林明溱), in Beijing. Zhang stated that defending the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations depends on upholding the “1992 Consensus” and the essence of “both sides of the strait belonging to one China” (两岸同属一中的核心意涵). Zhang also stated that people-to-people relations in various fields would continue to be advanced. Lin’s delegation also participated in events in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, and had planned events in Shanghai and other locations. The meetings came just before the Taiwan Affairs Office’s 25 June announcement that cross-Strait communications have been suspended, and show that Beijing still hopes to maintain friendly relations with potential supporters even as it pressures the incumbent Democratic Progressive Party administration.
6.20: CCP Politburo member and Communist Party Secretary of Beijing Guo Jinlong (郭金龙) led a CCP delegation to Italy, where he met with members of the Italian Democratic Party including Italian Senate President Pietro Grasso. Both sides discussed the importance they place on China-Italy relations and expressed the desire to increase cooperation and high-level exchanges. Guo also pledged to work toward elevating China’s strategic partnership with Italy.
6.20: International Department Minister Song Tao (宋涛) met Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA) President and Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai in Beijing. Song stated that China-Malaysia relations are currently at a critical point of development, and both sides agreed that party-to-party exchange is an important aspect of promoting close China-Malaysia relations. Song expressed his hope that cooperation would advance under the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) framework, and that Malaysia’s political parties would properly guide public opinion and properly handle problems in China-Malaysia bilateral relations.
6.20: International Department Vice Minister Guo Yezhou (郭业洲) met a delegation of young politicians from the Malta Nationalist Party in Beijing. Guo expressed his desire that Malta will play an active role in promoting China-EU relations. The delegation assured Guo that they were committed to advancing both China-Malta relations and China-EU relations.
6.21: International Department Minister Song Tao met senior member of the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Beijing. Song issued three proposals to further develop relations between the CCP and the BJP: promoting high-level exchanges to offer views on issues of common concern; promoting exchanges between young CCP and BJP officials; and promoting practical party-to-party cooperation to develop China-India relations. Chouhan reportedly said that through increased exchanges and communication, the BJP hopes to learn from the CCP’s experience in governance. Chouhan subsequently stated his support for increased dialogue with China despite Beijing’s opposition to India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), and raised expectations that Madhya Pradesh would see increased investment from China in near future.
6.21: International Department Vice Minister Guo Yezhou (郭业洲) met a delegation from Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) National Parliament led by Minister of Mining and member of the People’s Progress Party Byron Chan in Beijing. Guo wished to use the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between both countries to discover further cooperative potential and improve bilateral relations. Chan complimented China’s development model and wished to deepen bilateral cooperation to further promote China-PNG relations. Chan reportedly expressed PNG’s support for the “One-China Policy.”
6.21: CCP Politburo member and Organization Department head Zhao Leji (赵乐际) met senior member of the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Beijing. Zhao referenced Xi Jinping’s successful state visit to India as a catalyst for the closer developmental partnership between China and India, and both sides pledged to deepen party-to-party exchange and solidify the political foundation for bilateral relations.
6.22: International Department Vice Minister Xu Lüping (徐绿平) met a Tanzanian Party of the Revolution (CCM) national executive committee delegation led by CCM member Pindi Chana in Beijing. Xu praised CCM as a good partner and friend of the CCP, and both sides pledged to further deepen party-to-party relations and facilitate cooperation in various realms.
6.22: International Department Assistant Minister Li Jun (李军) met a Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Organization Department cadre delegation in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on bilateral relations and party-building.
6.23: CCP Politburo member and Communist Party Secretary of Beijing Guo Jinlong (郭金龙) led a CCP delegation to Greece, where he met Prime Minister and leader of the Syriza Party Alexis Tsipras, Syriza Party Central Committee Secretary Panos Rigas, and vice president of the New Democracy Party Kostis Hatzidakis. Guo commented on the robust bilateral exchanges and commercial cooperation between the two countries, and wished to expand cooperative channels and promote the healthy development of the China-Greece comprehensive strategic partnership. The Greek leaders pledged to deepen party-to-party exchanges and cooperation in culture, maritime transportation, finance, agriculture, tourism, technology, and other realms.
6.23: International Department Vice Minister Xu Lüping met policy advisor to the Ethiopian Prime Minister and Ethiopian Policy Study and Research Center Director General Abay Tsehaye in Beijing. Xu commented on the historical friendship between China and Ethiopia, praised the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front’s governance, and stated the desire to deepen party-to-party relations. Tsehaye expressed his wish to further learn from China’s economic development experience and deepen cooperation with China in various realms.
6.23-6.24: Representatives from the Romanian Social Democratic Party, Polish People’s Party, Colombian Conservative Party, and Latin American Center for Political and Economic Studies in China (CLEPEC) all reportedly voiced their support for China’s position on the South China Sea issue in meetings with Chinese officials and in Twitter posts.
-No central appointments reported.