- In a series of events, senior CCP officials encouraged China’s media organs, propaganda theorists, and non-CCP members of varied backgrounds to support national efforts on the One Belt, One Road framework, implementation of the New Development Concept, and economic supply-side reform.
- Citing recent cases, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) continues to emphasize the importance of the “CCP Accountability Provision,” and made clear the CCP Central Committee’s intent to punish those officials that tolerate and overlook the discipline violations of their subordinates.
State Council Information Office
7.26: Xi Jinping sent a message to attendees of the “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) Media Cooperation Forum, urging them to cooperate with the initiative by playing a positive role in promoting its progress. National People’s Congress Standing Committee Secretary-General Wang Chen (王晨) read his message during the forum. Xi asserted that OBOR promotes the interests of all by enhancing policy coordination, infrastructure integration, free trade, financial integration, and people-to-people ties along the OBOR route. “Media plays an essential role in communicating information, enhancing mutual trust and building consensus,” said Xi. “This forum provides a platform for media outlets from many countries to engage in dialogue and practice cooperation. We hope to utilize this platform to promote the development of international relations, deliver public opinion and deepen mutual trust, as well as push forward the progress of the Belt and Road Initiative.” The OBOR Media Cooperation Forum has been held annually since 2014.
State Council Information Office
7.28: CCP Politburo member and Propaganda Department Minister Liu Qibao (刘奇葆) attended a symposium on the New Development Concept (新发展理念) in Beijing, giving a speech in which he discussed the study and implementation of new development concepts and theories to promote the creation of a new leap forward and new development miracle. Liu emphasized innovation, coordination, green development, openness, and sharing as being at the forefront of the New Development Concept, and comprising important drivers of economic and social development. According to Liu, theorists must vigorously promote the spirit of innovation in particular and work to enhance understanding of the socialist construction of law and socialism with Chinese characteristics.
7.28: Yu Zhengsheng (俞正声), Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), hosted the 47th CPPCC Chairman and Vice Chairman Meeting (政协第四十七次主席会议) in Beijing. The meeting demonstrated how the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) has studied and implemented the important spirit of Xi Jinping’s speeches since 2016, in which members of the CPPCC have conducted in-depth research on government work. In the second half of the year, the CPPCC must prepare for the ceremony for the 150th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen’s birth and create an oversight system for the CPPCC. The meeting revealed that the CCP Central Committee has already launched its fifth discipline inspection of CPPCC’s departments, signifying the value that Xi’s placed in the CPPCC’s work. In addition, discipline inspection is a political and policy task which requires members to study the important spirit of Xi’s speeches and deepen their “Two Studies, One Action” activities. Lastly, the meeting decided to expel Xia Yong (夏勇), former deputy director of the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council and former director of National Administration for the Protection of State Secrets, from the CPPCC.
Xi Jinping Emphasizes Joining of Military and Civilian Forces to Comprehensively Raise Level of “Double Support” Work
China Spiritual Civilization Net
7.29: A recognition ceremony for notable danwei (work units) and individuals in model “double support” cities took place in Beijing on 29 July, where the representatives were personally met by Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. Xi said that under current circumstances, “double support” work must strengthen, not weaken, to fulfill the 200-year-long struggle for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Xi’s speech emphasized the unity of the army, Party, and people. He said that the military is currently going through a period of revolutionary change, during which double support would be an important foundation for change. Li described the relationship between the military, Party, and people as China’s unique advantage in governance. He suggested exploring ways to coordinate peacetime and wartime mechanisms, and advocated that state-owned enterprises may be an appropriate mechanism through which retired veterans from the army can be assimilated back into the work force. Li stated his support for raising pension levels and the view that society, the government, and schools should make greater efforts to support soldiers’ and their families’wellbeing.
United Front Work Department
7.27: The CCP Central Committee hosted a conference with non-CCP representatives on the Chinese economy in the second half of the year. High-level Party officials such as Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Yu Zhengsheng (俞正声), Liu Yunshan (刘云山), and Zhang Gaoli (张高丽) attended the meeting. During the event, representatives from various democratic parties, the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, and non-political groups presented their suggestions for supply-side reform, poverty reduction, innovation in private and agricultural sectors, private investment, local taxation systems, pension reform, and the “One Belt, One Road” initiative. After their presentations, Xi expressed the CCP Central Committee’s gratitude toward these groups for their trips to 11 provinces and municipalities to study issues that included supply side reform and new city/county models. Xi stressed that China’s economic growth in the first half of the year was stable and in line with the Party’s expectations. In order to ensure China’s economic development, the CCP should use policy tools to guide development, advance structural reform, reform the Chinese taxation system, and improve the efficiency of resource allocation through fair competition, Xi said. Lastly, Xi asked various democratic parties to oversee poverty reduction work in eight provinces, a task that was originally assigned to them following the conference on the 21 June “Democratic Oversight of Poverty Alleviation.”
7.29: An article published by the Central Committee for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) elaborated upon the usefulness of the “CCP Accountability Provision” (中国共产党问责条例), claiming that the provision incentivizes CCP cadres to take responsibilities and oversee other Party members’ activities. The article used former Hengyang City Party Secretary Tong Mingqian (童名谦) as a negative example, stating that Tong ignored the issue of bribery in Hengyang City. Even after being promoted to the position of vice chairman of the provincial political consultative conference, Tong was expelled from the CCP and imprisoned due to his negligence. The piece emphasized that “a good person in front of corruption cannot be a good person in front of the Party and people” (在消极腐败现象面前当好人，在党和人民面前就当不成好人); namely, being negligent in the face of corruption constitutes being negligent to the Party and people. If Party cadres cannot correct the mistakes of their subordinates, these subordinates would not be regarded as “good comrades,” but rather “prisoners.” Therefore, the piece reiterated that this “Good Person Doctrine” is not only harmful to individual members, but also to the CCP. The article concludes that it is essential to enforce the authority of the CCP system and ensure the accountability of all levels of the Party.
7.30: Zhang Qingjun (张庆军), deputy secretary and mayor of Hefei City, Anhui Province. Zhang graduated from Fudan University in 1985 and has served in various posts within Anhui Province, including Party positions in Wuhu City (芜湖市) and Tongling City (铜陵市). Zhang’s wife committed suicide by jumping off a building four months prior to his detention. Zhang is the third mayor of a provincial capital to face disciplinary investigation since Xi Jinping’s tenure, following the mayors of Nanjing City and Jinan City.
Central Military Commission
7.27: Ahead of the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Xi Jinping paid a visit to military organs to discuss building a powerful modern army, urging PLA officials to work on meeting Party targets for military modernization, persevere in establishing a political army, and implement military reform. The meeting was attended by CMC Vice Chairman Fan Changlong (范长龙), CMC Vice Chairman Xu Qiliang (许其亮) and CMC Member Chang Wanquan (常万全). Xi listened to work reports from officials, and then delivered an important speech. He said the PLA was founded in order to achieve national independence and to safeguard national sovereignty, as well as to support social and economic development. Building a strong modern army today will help the Party achieve new goals and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese Dream, Xi stated. Xi also said that the army must resolutely obey the command of the Party’s central organs and that Party committees at all levels should take up leadership roles in army transformation.
Commission on Politics and Law
7.27: Secretary of the CCP Central Committee Commission on Politics and Law Meng Jianzhu (孟建柱) visited the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and discussed the improvement of disciplinary inspection through systematization, legalization, and informatization. He emphasized to the Ministry the need to study Xi Jinping’s most important speeches, combat corruption, and constantly improve the inspection system. Meng stressed that combating corruption is only achieved through tremendous self-discipline, and that law enforcement officials at all levels have “one position with two responsibilities” (一岗双责). The MPS has established a “cautionary education” program at the People’s Public Security University of China to inspire “deep reflection and painful penance” on corruption. Meng also visited the University to listen to work reports on its discipline and education programs, during which he asked the administration to further emphasize theory and aim to improve the political integrity of its students.
Central Party School
7.25: An article written by a People’s Daily commentator and featured on the CCP Central Party School website sought to motivate readers to work hard towards China’s great rejuvenation, which was said to depend on the efforts of the Chinese people. After invoking General Secretary Xi Jinping’s words of encouragement made during a recent inspection tour of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, the piece draws on Chinese history to show examples of the country overcoming historical challenges. The Long March was said to be forever “on the road” for CCP members, and Xi has explained that “every generation of ours all must walk their own Long March.” Today, the Long March was said to be the struggle to realize China’s Two “100 Years” Goal. This goal is to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2021, and to build an affluent, strong, civilized and harmonious socialist modern country by 2049. A country’s dream fully depends on industrious work, the article said.
7.25: International Department Minister Song Tao (宋涛) met a Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) delegation led by Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab province, in Beijing. Song stated that both sides have historically supported each other’s core interests, complimented Pakistan for adhering to the One-China Policy and backing China’s stance on the South China Sea issue, and wished to strengthen party-to-party relations and educational exchange between young cadres. Shehbaz reportedly reiterated support for the One-China Policy and China’s stance on the South China Sea issue, and hoped that Punjab province could take the lead on China-Pakistan cooperation.
7.25: CCP Politburo Standing Committee Member and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (张高丽) met a Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) delegation led by Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab province, in Beijing. Zhang referenced Xi Jinping’s state visit to Pakistan in April and the two countries’ increasingly resilient all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation, and both sides agreed to continue building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and engage in mutually beneficial cooperation. Shehbaz pledged to donate 100 million tons of rice to China’s recently flooded regions.
7.26: International Department Assistant Minister Li Jun (李军) met Czech Ambassador to China Bedřich Kopecký in Beijing. Li highly complimented recent strides in China-Czech relations, and both sides pledged to further party-to-party relations and bilateral cooperation in various realms as part of the China-Czech strategic partnership.
7.26: International Department Assistant Minister Wang Yajun (王亚军) met Singaporean Ambassador to China Stanley Loh in Beijing. Wang positively complimented bilateral and party-to-party relations, and both sides pledged to ensure the stability and continued economic development of the region.
7.26: Hong Lei (洪磊) was appointed to be the new consul general for the American consulate in Chicago. He was previously a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson and deputy director-general of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.