- Propaganda organs warned of enemies under the influence of hostile Western forces, seeking to split the CCP and the country. To counter this relentless enemy, propaganda workers were encouraged to hold the front line in the fight to dominate public opinion.
- The United Front Work Department established a new “Eighth Office” dedicated to managing and uniting a new social class, said to be comprised of: managerial and technical staff at private sector and foreign-owned enterprises, employees of intermediary organizations and social organizations, the self-employed, and workers in new media.
- CCP sources have once again advocated leniency for cadre mistakes as the Party seeks to implement reform-oriented policies, this time promoting the establishment of “fault tolerance mechanisms” in order to overcome a widespread risk-averse mentality.
China Spiritual Civilization Net
7.4: The 5th article in a series written by everyday cadres that discusses their efforts to study Xi Jinping’s important speeches was published on China Spiritual Civilization Net, seeking to garner support and awareness for the threat faced by the CCP leadership from those under the yoke of hostile Western forces. The article was reportedly written by a veteran propaganda worker, now retired. After professing his love for propaganda work and the Party, the author explained that he has witnessed hostile forces and representatives pandering to Western plots of color revolutions, and carrying out wanton attacks on the Party and socialism with Chinese characteristics. Their aim was said to be the splitting of the Party and the country. The author further wrote that some have accused Mao Zedong Thought of being incorrect, used theory to attack the Party’s legitimacy, attacked the Party’s heroes, and even attempted to credit China’s accomplishments to the study of Western systems. The author warned that under such savage attack, public opinion work cannot afford to “abandon its post.” Xi Jinping’s emphasis on ideology as directly concerning the Party’s fate was said to not only be a reminder to faithfully carry out socialism with Chinese characteristics, but also a guide to the country’s frontline propaganda fighters.
China Spiritual Civilization Net
7.6: On the occasion of the CCP’s 95th anniversary, an article discussed why the Party is the cornerstone of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese people. The establishment of the CCP fundamentally changed the direction and development of the Chinese nation, the fate of the Chinese people, and the trends and patterns of global development, the article said. First, the CCP was said to have led the people in a long-term revolutionary struggle to achieve national independence and liberation, laying the foundation for great rejuvenation. After the founding of “New China,” the Party was said to have led China through socialist revolution, eliminating all systems of exploitation and promoting the construction of socialism. In recent years, the article explains, Western countries have sought to deflect blame for their financial crises and try to force humiliating concessions from China. The article stressed that the CCP would not allow China to give up its legitimate rights and interests to any other country. Second, the CCP was said to have led the people through painstaking exploration of the road to socialism with Chinese characteristics, which is the basis for for great rejuvenation. The article stated that in the 1970s, the CCP faced a choice to either give up on socialism and embrace capitalism, adhere to the “Cultural Revolution” theory and practice, or embark on a new path of development that adhered to socialism. Because of their firm grounding in socialist ideals, CCP leaders were able to make the choice to remain grounded in socialist values while embarking on a new development path. Third, the CCP was said to adhere to the basic principles of Marxism as a guide for realizing great rejuvenation, based on the lessons of Mao Zedong. The article concluded by saying that history will prove the CCP to be the rightful cornerstone of China’s great rejuvenation.
State Council Information Office
7.7: Propaganda Department Chief Liu Qibao (刘奇葆) attended the opening ceremony of the Tibet Development Forum in Lhasa. His speech emphasized the need for cooperation and innovation for a new green development concept to advance a harmonious and prosperous Tibet. Liu said that since the founding of New China, Tibet has undergone an extraordinary journey from backwardness to civilization under the leadership of the CCP. He emphasized that the CCP’s New Development Concept has not only been essential for the development of China, but also the specific development of Tibet. At present, he said, the development of Tibet is at a new historical beginning. Liu explained that the future development of Tibet would promote economic and social development and unswervingly safeguard and improve the people’s livelihood. Also known as the “Five Great Developments Concept” (五大发展理念), the New Development Concept calls for new conceptualizations of innovation, coordination, green development, opening up, and sharing that can advance China through a “new normal” economic state characterized by slower growth.
United Front Work Department Propaganda Office
7.4: An article announced the formal establishment of the United Front Work Department’s eighth office (八局), called the “New Social Class Work Office” (新社会阶层人士工作局). Though new social classes have always been a focus of the United Front Work Department, this new office was established because of Xi Jinping’s call in a 2015 speech at the United Front Work Conference to strengthen relations with students, new media, and the private sector. According to the department, the new social strata includes four categories of people: managerial and technical staff at private sector and foreign-owned enterprises, employees of intermediary organizations and social organizations, the self-employed, and workers in new media. The office will encourage unity and cohesion with the Party toward the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Specific tasks of the office will include: contacting and training representatives of the new social class; carrying out research and proposing relevant policies; coordinating and guiding mass organizations, united front organizations, and social organizations; and carrying out the daily work of the new social class united front work joint conference office.
United Front Work Department Propaganda Office
7.7: The China Guangcai Program (中国光彩事业促进会) held a meeting in Qingyang, Gansu Province to discuss poverty reduction in China. Vice President of the China Guangcai Program Xie Jingrong (谢经荣) and State Council Poverty Alleviation Office Director Liu Yongfu (刘永富) attended the meeting. Xie announced that since the previous Guancai Program meeting, advancements have been made in the “Ten Thousand Enterprises Aid Ten Thousand Villages” initiative, including extensive research in over 12 provinces and municipalities on private enterprise participation in poverty reduction. Xie said that during the 18th Party Congress, Xi Jinping attached great importance to the development of private enterprises and private entrepreneurs. Xie emphasized that private enterprises and private entrepreneurs have an important role to play in poverty reduction. Liu repeated Xie’s point, calling private enterprises an important force in poverty alleviation since the start of the reform and opening up period. The attendance by United Front Work Department members at the meeting verifies that the convergence of CCP and private sector goals is a major objective of the department.
7.7: Discipline Inspection Commission Secretary of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Xu Chuanzhi (许传智) wrote an article on how to safeguard the authority of CCP discipline. Xu pointed out that to govern the CCP is to prioritize discipline, deepen discipline education, and strengthen discipline oversight. The piece explained how CCP cadres from the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region participated in rotational study of “the Norms of Honest CCP Self-Discipline” (中国共产党廉洁自律准则) and “the Regulations of CCP Disciplinary Actions” (中国共产党纪律处分条例). In addition, in order to thoroughly implement lessons learned, the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region was also said to have adapted methods of critical education, interviews, questionnaires, and organized group activities. The result was said to be a strengthened understanding of the CCP Constitution, Party rules, and Party discipline.
7.6: Yi Jie (易杰), Party committee deputy secretary of Dazhou City, Sichuan Province. Yin served in various capacities in Sichuan Province, including as State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) Party Secretary, vice mayor, and Party standing committee member of Mianyang City. He was most recently a Party standing committee member, Organization Department director, and executive vice mayor of Deyang City, Sichuan Province.
7.7: Cui He (崔河), former Chairman of the Board and Party committee secretary for Guangdong Province Guanghong Assets Management Co., Ltd. Cui received various awards in the past for being an outstanding member of the CCP in Guangdong Province, and was named a “national model worker” (全国劳动模范) in 2005.
7.8: Luo Yi (罗毅), deputy director and Party committee member of Hunan Broadcasting System. Luo spent many years advancing through Hunan Broadcasting System before being placed under investigation.
Ministry of National Defense
7.6: CMC Chairman Xi Jinping ordered the CMC to immediately send more troops to areas affected by five days of heavy rain in areas along the Yangtze River, which has left 128 people dead and many missing. Following his order, the PLA Rocket Force Command College sent a rescue team of 183 servicemen, which reportedly prevented a dike from being breached in Wuhan City. People’s Police from Anhui, Jiangsu, Hubei, Jiangxi, and other regions also joined relief efforts. The rain caused the collapse of more than 40,000 homes, and forced the evacuation of more than 1.34 million people. More than 600,000 victims are said to be in dire need ofhumanitarian aid.
Public Security Bureau Treated Bookseller Lam Wing Kee Well; One Country Two Systems Framework Fully Respected
China Peace Net
7.5: An article on China Peace Net, a website under the purview of the CCP Central Committee’s Political and Legal Affairs Commission, sought to explain that the Mainland’s legal case on Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing Kee (林荣基) did not constitute a breach of the One Country, Two Systems framework, and in fact was handled with leniency. The article stated that Lam, his girlfriend, and other criminal suspects were discovered and arrested in Guangdong Province, after which they were detained and then held under residential surveillance. While under police custody, Lam was said to have had his legal rights fully protected; the Ningbo Public Security Bureau (PSB) claimed that they provided him with daily fruit and blood pressure checks, as well as scheduled haircuts. Because Lam admitted his guilt, the piece stated that the PSB released him from custody. Lam reportedly told police that because he was not on good terms with his wife and daughter, he asked to be allowed to set up residence in Guangdong and earn a living working with books. The PSB reportedly offered necessary assistance toward his goal. The article further explained that the PSB handled Lam’s case by the law from start to finish, fully respecting the One Country, Two Systems framework. Citing the explanation of Song Xiaozhuang (宋小庄), member of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies and professor at Shenzhen University’s Center for Basic Laws of Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions, the piece said that although Lam’s crime was committed in Hong Kong, his activities and their consequences were in Mainland China, and therefore subject to Mainland criminal proceedings. It also stated that “freedom of speech” must be enjoyed within the framework of the law. Hong Kong Authorities have verified that they would not transfer Lam back to the Mainland, despite Chinese warnings for Lam to return.
7.6: An article appearing in the CCP journal Qiushi referenced Xi Jinping’s speech at the Party’s 95th anniversary ceremony, writing that “The [CCP] must dare to solve long-lasting problems and touch on deep conflicts of interests.” Xi Jinping’s keynote at the ceremony was said to demonstrate the Party’s determination to advance reform and eliminate social development obstacles. However, some reforms are hard to advance due to lack of leadership. For instance, while some localities are trying to implement “Hukou” (户口) reform, the issue of funding educational costs related to migrant workers has become contentious. The article pointed out that selecting suitable people is the key for supporting and advancing the atmosphere of reform. Some CCP cadres were said to believe that “reform poses risks while there are no obvious consequences for not reforming.” Such an ideology will only slow down the speed of reform, the piece warns. In order to solve this dilemma, the article promotes the establishment of fault-tolerance mechanisms to incentivize CCP cadres.
7.8: Xi Jinping attended a conference on economic development in Beijing, in which CEOs of major Chinese firms and economists expressed their thoughts on current Chinese development and economic issues. After hearing from the experts, Xi pointed out that the current economy is stable, matching the CCP’s prediction. In addition, he stated that China’s financial market is stable and the foundation of economic development is still sound. The key to macroeconomic reform is to insist on the steady advancement of supply-side reform in order to match the public’s expectations and enhance confidence in China’s development, Xi emphasized. Xi stated that the development of a political economy with Chinese characteristics is to be guided by Marxism, combining the experience of China’s own reform and opening up and Western economics. Lastly, Xi pointed out the complexity of the domestic and international economic environment. In order to cope with such complexities, China needs to cultivate its own economics and entrepreneurs with an international perspective. CCP committees and government at all levels should actively consult with experts, the piece stated.
7.5: International Department Vice Minister Zhou Li (周力) met Miroslav Lajcak, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on issues including bilateral relations, party-to-party exchange, cooperation through the “16+1” framework, and the “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
7.5: International Department Vice Minister Chen Fengxiang (陈凤翔) met a Burmese National League for Democracy (NLD) delegation led by U Thein Zaw, NLD Central Executive Committee member and Magway regional committee president. Chen expressed high regard for China’s traditional friendship with Myanmar, and both sides pledged to further party-to-party exchange and develop the China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic partnership.
7.7: International Department Vice Minister Guo Yezhou (郭业洲) met Denmark’s Ambassador to China Anders Carsten Damsgaard in Beijing. Guo provided a reading of Xi Jinping’s speech commemorating the 95th anniversary of the CCP’s establishment. Damsgaard congratulated the CCP, stressed the international significance of Xi’s speech, and pledged to further party-to-party and bilateral exchanges between China and Denmark.
7.7: International Department Vice Minister Xu Lüping (徐绿平) met a Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) delegation led by RPF Secretary General François Ngarambe in Beijing. Xu complimented party-to-party and bilateral relations, and both sides expressed the wish to continue cooperating in various realms and developing healthy relations.
7.7: International Department Vice Minister Zhou Li met Latvian Ambassador to China Maris Selga in Beijing. Zhou affirmed Latvia’s contributions to the “16+1” cooperative mechanism, and both sides pledged to advance party-to-party exchange and cooperation in various realms.
7.7: International Department Minister Song Tao (宋涛) met a Lao People’s Revolutionary Party delegation led by Bounthong Chitmany, politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Inspection, in Beijing. Song described the China-Laos relationship as sharing a path of common socialist destiny, and expressed the wish to implement major agreements agreed upon by both countries’ leaders in realms such as political trust, cultural exchange, and international cooperation. Bounthong reportedly stated his desire to increase party-to-party exchange and adopt the CCP’s experience in party-building and anti-corruptionmeasures.
7.7: Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Wang Jiarui (王家瑞) met a Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) delegation led by RPF Secretary General François Ngarambe in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on deepening party-to-party relations and advancing cooperative measures between the CPPCC and related Rwandan institutions.
7.7: Secretary of the CCP Central Secretariat and Deputy Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) Zhao Hongzhu (赵洪祝) met a Lao People’s Revolutionary Party delegation led by Bounthong Chitmany, politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Inspection, in Beijing. Zhao stated that since the 18th Party Congress, Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign has seen great success. Bounthong expressed the wish to further work with and learn from China regarding anti-corruption initiatives.
7.7: CCP Politburo Standing Committee member and Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) Wang Qishan (王岐山) met a Bounthong Chitmany, politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Inspection, at Zhongnanhai in Beijing.
7.8: International Department Minister Song Tao met a Cambodian People’s Party (KPRP) young cadre delegation led by Hun Many, KPRP Central Committee member, Cambodian National Assembly member, President of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia, and son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, in Beijing. Song emphasized the historically strong foundation of China-Cambodia relations and both sides stressed the need to strengthen party-to-party exchange among young cadres.
7.8: International Department Minister Song Tao met a Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) delegation led by SPD deputy head Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel in Beijing. Song pledged to strengthen cooperation and communication with the SPD in various realms in order to advance bilateral as well as China-European relations. Schäfer-Gümbel praised China’s path of peaceful development, and reportedly expressed his support for involved countries to resolve maritime disputes through negotiations grounded in international law.
7.4: Liu Haiquan (刘海泉) was confirmed to be the new Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) discipline inspection team leader and a leading Party group member for the Supreme People’s Court. He was previously the assistant minister and a leading Party group member of the Ministry of Commerce.
7.4: Huang Shouhong (黄守宏) was confirmed to be the new State Council Research Office director and leading Party group secretary. He was previously deputy director of the State Council Research Office.
7.6: Zhao Xiangeng (赵宪庚) was confirmed to be the new vice president and a leading Party group member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE). He was previously the president of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics.
7.6: Tian Hongqi (田红旗) was confirmed to be the new vice president of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE). She currently serves as a member of the 11th and 12th CPPCC and was previously a CAE academician.