REPORT: Volume 1 Issue 21

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Xi Jinping presided over the 27th session of the Central Leading Small Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reform, where important opinions were deliberated and passed, including on the construction of a “green” financial system in order to achieve sustainable development.
  • In an interview at the 22nd Shandong-Taiwan Economic & Trade Fair in Weifang City, Shandong Province, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun (张志军) emphasized the criticality of the “One China Principle” of the 1992 Consensus, arguing that it could not be construed to mean “Two Chinas” or “One China, One Taiwan.”
  • The CCP Central Committee General Office published its “Opinion on Preventing the Promotion of ‘Sick’ Cadres” in order to further tighten party discipline and reduce the number of promotions of unfit cadres.

PROPAGANDA WORK

Xi Jinping Hosts Central Leading Small Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reform Meeting

Spiritual Civilization Net

8.30:  Xi Jinping presided over the 27th session of the Central Leading Small Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reform in Beijing. Li Keqiang, Zhang Gaoli (张高丽), and Liu Yunshan (刘云山) also attended the meeting. Xi issued an “important speech,” calling for an emphasis on economic reform during this time period. Important opinions were deliberated and passed, including those on the construction of a “green” financial system in order to achieve sustainable development, protecting property rights as the cornerstone of a socialist market economy, innovative government resource allocation methods to improve governance, health system reform, rural land ownership rights, and tackling poverty. The meeting encouraged attendees to pay attention to propaganda, strengthen ideological and political work, and respect the interest of the people and grassroots initiatives.

Liu Qibao: Use Innovative News Dissemination to Reach the Masses

Spiritual Civilization Net

8.31:  The Propaganda Department convened an innovative news dissemination work exchange meeting in Beijing, with Politburo member, Secretary of the Secretariat, and Propaganda Department Minister Liu Qibao (刘奇葆) attending and delivering a speech. Liu emphasized that innovation is news dissemination’s source of power and vitality, as well as a requirement for consolidating the main front (主流阵地) and strengthening public opinion. According to Liu, news dissemination has never so urgently needed innovation, even as he asserted that the conditions for innovation have never been so favorable. Liu asserted that news outlets must keep in mind its users and the market, pay more attention to choosing news topics, polish the final product, integrate communication (融合传播), focus on the intended effects on society (社会效果), and advance innovative news dissemination in all manners. He further asserted that news dissemination should be thoughtful, have character, be artistic, utilize all dissemination channels, and express news in everyday speech that will be best received by the target audience.

Xi Jinping Meets with Kazakh President Ahead of G20

People’s Daily

9.2:  Xi Jinping held talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Hangzhou before the G20 summit. Xi emphasized the upcoming 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Kazakhstan, saying that the two countries should seize this opportunity to strengthen their comprehensive strategic partnership. Xi used the meeting to promote the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative as well as other projects in finance and trade cooperation. Xi promised to support Kazakhstan in hosting the 2017 meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as well as holding the 2017 World Expo in Astana. Nazarbayev thanked Xi for inviting him to the G20, and agreed that the two sides must actively promote economic partnership through OBOR and other initiatives. Xi and Nazarbayev signed agreements on the Sino-Kazakh Cooperation Committee, “Silk Road Economic Belt” (丝绸之路经济带), “Bright Road” (光明之路) and other joint cooperation plans.

UNITED FRONT WORK

Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Standing Committee Holds 17th Meeting

Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

8.31:  The Standing Committee of the 12th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee held a meeting on the theme of promoting the flourishing of socialist arts.  All attendees agreed that artistic and cultural work is an important element of the Party and people’s work. They also emphasized the Party’s leading role, as well as the need for art to make socialist values comprise its core, serve the people, and serve socialism. Committee member Long Xinmin (龙新民) said that the Party needs to clearly communicate to cultural workers the Party’s cultural policies and political and ideological requirements. Other suggestions included: strengthening the system for disseminating cultural works and strengthening the system for literary and cultural criticism; keeping in mind that benefiting society should be the goal of cultural work; ensuring that revolutionary history is a key subject to influence the young; strengthening the protections for cultural intellectual property rights; blending “modernization” and “localization” in cultural works; encouraging minority cultural works; and protecting the health of internet based cultural works.

Taiwan Expo in Huizhou Highlights Ongoing Cross-Strait Commerce

United Front Work Department

8.31:  The United Front Work Department website published an article summarizing a Taiwan company commercial expo in Guangdong Province, highlighting the department’s efforts to publicize ongoing commercial relations with Taiwan despite troubled political ties. According to the article, 130 companies from Taiwan exhibited products related to environmental protection, science, innovation, and other areas at the Taiwan Excellence Expo in Huizhou. The opening ceremony also saw the signing of 12 trade contracts, and the event reportedly received a congratulatory statement from former Kuomintang Chairman Wu Po-hsiung (吴伯雄). Organized by Taiwan’s Chinese Green Industry & Culture Exchange Association (中华绿色产业联盟暨文化交流协会) and the Huizhou Taiwan Business Association, the expo featured green technologies such as ceramic catalyst filter systems. The event was said to have received the meticulous guidance of the Ministry of Commerce’s Cross-Strait Economic and Trade ExchangesAssociation.

PARTY DISCIPLINE

Under Investigation This Week:

CCDI

8.30:  Zhang Bin (张彬), State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission director (assistant bureau level) of Binhai New District, Tianjin City.

8.31:  Yang Xuehong (杨雪鸿), leading Party group member and deputy director of Sichuan Province’s Department of Environmental Protection.  Yang graduated with a master’s degree from the CCP Central Party School and spent most of his career working in Beijing, Hunan, and Sichuan Province.

9.1:  Guo Ru (郭茹), former People’s Congress Standing Committee deputy secretary and deputy director of Jiyuan City, Henan Province.  Guo formerly served in positions including chair of the Woman’s Federation and deputy mayor of Jiyuan City.

9.2:  Cao Aihua (曹爱华),Party Standing Committee member and deputy mayor of Dalian City, Liaoning Province.  Cao previously served as the Party secretary and leading Party group secretary of Liaoning’s Communist Youth League.

9.3:  Pan Ping (潘平), former People’s Congress leading Party group secretary and director of Jiulongpo District, Chongqing City, until his retirement earlier this year. Pan previously served as the deputy director of Chongqing’s Taiwan Affairs Office.

CENTRAL MILITARY COMMISSION (CMC)

Xi Jinping Inspects PLA’s Strategic Support Force

Ministry of National Defense

8.29:   Xi Jinping inspected the PLA’s new Strategic Support Force (SSF), which reportedly integrates the PLA’s cyber, space, and electronic warfare capabilities. In attendance were Politburo members and vice chairs of the CMC Fan Changlong (范长龙) and Xu Qiliang (许其亮);CMC members in attendance were Chang Wanquan (常万全), Fang Fenghui (房峰辉), Zhao Yang (张阳), Zhao Keshi (赵克石), Zhang Youxia (张又侠), Wu Shengli (吴胜利), Ma Xiaotian (马晓天),and Wei Fenghe (魏凤和). In his remarks, Xi characterized the Strategic Support Force as a “new-type force for the protection of national security,” and emphasized its role as “the important support of our military’s joint operations system.” In particular, Xi emphasized the criticality of innovation, urging the SSF to “dare to innovate” new models and ways of thinking. Notably, Xi encouraged the SSF to “comprehensively elevate [its] deterrence and war-fighting capabilities.”

Fan Changlong Meets with Vietnamese Defense Minister

Ministry of National Defense

8.29:   Fan Changlong (范长龙), vice chairman of the CMC, met with Vietnam’s Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich at the Bayi Building in Beijing. Also in attendance were deputy chief of the CMC Joint Staff Department Sun Jianguo (孙建国), head of the National Defense Mobilization Department Sheng Bin (盛斌), and Dang Minh Khoi, Vietnam’s Ambassador to China. During the meeting, Fan expressed China’s willingness to advance further development in the Sino-Vietnamese comprehensive strategic partnership, including through advancing bilateral military relations. Against the backdrop of continued tensions in the South China Sea, Fan and his counterpart both emphasized the importance of properly managing contradictions and differences.                                                    

OTHER

Zhang Zhijun: One-China Principle Cannot Mean “Two Chinas” or “One China, One Taiwan”

Taiwan Affairs Office

8.31:   In an interview at the 22nd Shandong-Taiwan Economic & Trade Fair in Weifang City, Shandong Province, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun (张志军) emphasized the criticality of the “One China Principle” of the 1992 Consensus, arguing that it could not be construed to mean “Two Chinas” or “One China, One Taiwan.” He called for dialogue and discussion to resolve current “political divergences” and enable cooperation in various domains of cross-strait relations. Zhang stated that for talks between China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) to resume, the 1992 Consensus would have to be the common political foundation. Zhang’s statement follows the recent appoint of Tien Hung-mao as Taiwan’s new leader of the SEF.

INTERNATIONAL LIAISON WORK

Meetings: 29 August-4 September 2016

8.29:  International Department Minister Song Tao (宋涛) met a Bangladesh Awami League delegation led by League General Secretary Sayed Ashraful Islam in Beijing.  Song noted the traditional friendship between China and Bangladesh and the currently healthy state of bilateral relations.  Both sides pledged to work toward implementing agreements set at UN summits last year by Xi Jinping and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to further bilateral relations, as well as facilitate close cooperation in infrastructure development and other realms.

8.29:  CPPCC National Committee Vice Chairman Wang Jiarui (王家瑞) met Democratic Party of Moldova vice chairman Marcel Raducan in Beijing.  Both sides exchanged views on deepening party-to-party and bilateral relations.

8.30:  International Department Assistant Minister Li Jun (李军) met a Democratic Party of Moldova delegation led by chairman Marcel Raducan in Beijing.  Both sides expressed the desire to further deepen party-to-party exchange in order to facilitate cooperation in various realms.  Raducan reportedly praised the success of the CCP as a governing body and wished to extract knowledge from the CCP’s political governance through further exchanges.

8.30:  International Department Minister Song Tao met Somphanh Phaengkhammy, International Department Vice Minister of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, in Beijing.  Song noted that China and Laos are part of a community of common destiny with strategic significance, and referenced the important consensus reached between Laos President Bounnhang Vorachith and Xi Jinping on the development of bilateral relations.  Both sides pledged to further cooperation in various realms and conduct exchanges on solidifying each party’s political governance and the pursuit of a socialist society.

8.29:  Secretary of the Central Committee Secretariat and Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) deputy secretary Zhao Hongzhu (赵洪祝) led a CCP delegation to Poland, where he met Marshal of the Senate Stanislaw Karczewski, Supreme Audit Office president Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, and others.  Both sides discussed cooperation in furthering bilateral and party-to-party relations, fugitive repatriation and asset recovery, anti-corruption, and other realms under the framework of the China-Poland comprehensive strategic partnership. A memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Chinese Ministry of Supervision and the Polish Supreme Audit Office.

8.30:  International Department Assistant Minister Li Jun met an Indonesian Party of the Functional Groups delegation led by the party’s international cooperation board head Meutya Hafid. Li stressed that deepening relations is conducive to each country’s development as well as regional prosperity. Both sides pledged to deepen political exchange and further the China-Indonesian comprehensive strategic partnership.

8.31:  International Department Vice Minister Liu Hongcai (刘洪才) met a Moroccan Authenticity and Modernity Party delegation led Mohamed Zitouni, member of the Federal Bureau and chairman of the party’s China Relationship Committee.  Liu discussed expanding friendly party-to-party relations on the foundation of the four principles guiding inter-party relations (党际交往四项原则).

ORGANIZATION WORK

Central Committee General Office Publishes “Opinions on Preventing the Promotion of ‘Sick’ Cadres”

CCP Cadre Net

8.29  The CCP Central Committee General Office published its “Opinion on Preventing the Promotion of ‘Sick’ Cadres” (关于防止干部病提拔的意)  in order to further tighten  party discipline and reduce the number of promotions of unfit cadres. According to the opinion, due to weak personnel evaluations and checks, Party cadres unfit for service have been promoted and have spread an evil influence in the Party; this has necessitated investigations into Party committees and personnel officials. The opinion is a response to Xi Jinping’s important speech on perfecting the cadre selection and appointment mechanism, and is an extension of the concept of “seizing the critical few” (抓住关键少数), which Xi first introduced in February 2015. The opinion offered guidelines that include: establishing clear duties for the selection of party cadres, with Party committees led by their secretary bearing the main selection responsibility; knowing cadres’ daily activities through inspections and establishing cadre supervision files; paying attention to a cadre’s sense of judgment before promotion and selection is considered; strengthening cadre review methods; and strengthening the supervisory role of the masses.

Central Cadre Appointments: 29 August-4 September 2016

Wu Yingjie

8.29:  Wu Yingjie (吴英杰) was confirmed to be the new Party committee secretary of Tibet Autonomous Region. He was previously Party committee deputy secretary of Tibet AutonomousRegion.

Du Jiahao

8.29: Du Jiahao (杜家毫) was confirmed to be the new Party committee secretary of HunanProvince. He was previously the governor of Hunan province.

Chen Quanguo

8.29:  Chen Quanguo (陈全国) was confirmed to be the new Party committee secretary of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. He was previously the Party committee secretary of Tibet Autonomous Region.

Li Jiheng

8.29:  Li Jiheng (李纪恒) was confirmed to be the new Party committee secretary of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.  He was previously the Party committee secretary and People’s Congress standing committee director of Yunnan Province.

Li Jinbin

8.29:  Li Jinbin (李锦斌) was confirmed to be the new Party committee secretary of Anhui Province. He was previously the Party committee deputy secretary, governor, and leading Party group secretary of Anhui Province.

Li Xiaopeng

9.3:  Li Xiaopeng (李小鹏) was confirmed to be the new Ministry of Transport minister.  He was previously the Party deputy secretary, governor, and provincial government leading Party group secretary of Shanxi Province.

9.3:  The National People’s Congress appointed four individuals to various positions within the Supreme People’s Court of China.

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