REPORT: Volume 1 Issue 22

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • CCP Propaganda outlets noted the 2015 growth rate and positive influence of China’s cultural industry, praising firms that were able to fulfill their cultural responsibilities in line with Central Committee guidelines. This praise mirrors recent regulations that continue to tighten restrictions on Western values and culture.
  • Mayor and acting Party secretary of Tianjin Municipality Huang Xingguo (黄兴国) is under investigation for suspected grave discipline violations. Huang served in Tianjin since 2003, and is a member of the CCP’s 18th Central Committee.
  • CCP Politburo Standing Committee Member and Chairman of the CPPCC Yu Zhengsheng (俞正声) conducted an inspection tour of Tianjin city, where he emphasized the need for united front work to focus on China’s new social class in order to unite them around the Party, and harness their strengths to realize the development of a moderately prosperous society.

PROPAGANDA WORK

Liu Qibao Discusses Cultural Development and Poverty Alleviation in Ningxia

Spiritual Civilization Net

9.6:  Propaganda Minister Liu Qibao (刘奇葆) traveled to the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region for an inspection tour, where he visited the main cities of Yinchuan, Guyuan, and Wuzhong, as well as rural areas, and inspected local propaganda units and cultural development organizations. At the end of his tour, he gave a speech in which he emphasized improving cultural services, cultural development, and poverty alleviation to achieve all-around prosperity (小康) in Ningxia. In order to achieve this goal, he urged cultural and propaganda units to properly study and disseminate Xi Jinping’s important speeches on the topic. Liu also emphasized the importance of viewing ethnic minority issues, historical issues, and cultural issues through the correct historical lens in order to promote national unity.

Deepening the Reform of State-Owned Cultural Enterprises

Spiritual Civilization Net

9.7:  An article posted by a website under the purview of the CCP Propaganda Department and the Central Commission for Guiding Cultural and Ethical Progress discussed the reform of a number of state-owned cultural enterprises, such as the China Film Company, the Guangxi Radio and Television Information Network, the Shanghai Film Company, among others. In 2015, the CCP Central Committee and State Council published its “Guidance to Ensure State-Owned Cultural Enterprises Place Societal Benefit First to Achieve Unity of Societal Benefit and Economic Benefit” (关于推动国有文化企业把社会效益放在首位, 实现社会效益和经济效益相统一的指导意见). In response, many cultural enterprises took steps to reform their practices. The article praised the China Film Co. for fulfilling its cultural responsibilities by making a number of successful quality movies in the past year that achieved social gains and earned mass praise. The article emphasized that China’s cultural enterprises have been able to maintain market competitiveness while emphasizing benefits to society, noting that China’s state-owned cultural enterprises have performed extremely well since appearing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Despite China’s economic slowdown, the cultural industry has grown steadily, the piece stated. In 2015, the nation’s cultural enterprises were said to have experienced a growth rate of 11 percent, 4.6 percent higher than officially reported GDP growth in the same period. The article predicts that China’s cultural enterprises will continue to experience success, and that deepening reform has ushered in a golden era in their development. On 29 August, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) released new regulations that curb social and entertainment news that expresses admiration for Western lifestyles or defile Chinese classics, signaling a continuation of the Party’s plan to replace foreign culture with Chinese culture with core socialist values.

Xi Jinping Visits Alma Mater to Discuss Implementing Party Education Policy

Spiritual Civilization Net

9.9:  Ahead of Teacher’s Day in China, Xi Jinping visited his alma mater, Beijing’s Bayi School (北京市八一学校), founded by revolutionary Marshal Nie Rongzhen (聂荣臻), in order to discuss fully implementing the Party’s education policy and improving elementary education in China. Xi toured the school, met with current teachers, oversaw student activities, and listened to speeches by the principal, teachers, and students. He then delivered an important speech on education. Xi said that in order to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese people, China must put greater emphasis on improving education in order to produce talent needed by the Party, country, and people. He emphasized improving political, ideological, and moral education in order to strengthen socialist core values. He also said that China needs to promote educational equity by investing in remote and poor areas. He stressed that students are the country’s hope and future and that students must conscientiously strengthen their moral development and ground themselves in socialist core values, while stressing that schools and parents bear the main responsibility for students’ education. He parted with some advice to students, telling them to study hard, learn good habits, exercise, and develop the courage to face difficulties and setbacks.

UNITED FRONT WORK

Yu Zhengsheng: Train New Social Class Representatives, Unite New Social Class Around Party

China United Front News Net

9.7:  CCP Politburo Standing Committee Member and Chairman of the CPPCC Yu Zhengsheng (俞正声) conducted an inspection tour of Tianjin city, where he emphasized the need for united front work to focus on China’s new social class in order to unite them around the Party, and harness their strengths to realize the development of a moderately prosperous society. Yu’s visit follows The United Front Work Department’s announcement earlier this year of the opening of its eighth bureau targeting new social classes. According to an article posted by the United Front Work Department Propaganda Office, Yu visited the Sifang Junhui Law Firm, where he learned about its practice, participation in social services, and Party-building work. He also reportedly visited several privately-owned companies, as well as the Tianjin Great Mosque in order to learn about religious activities. Throughout these visits and during a new social class representative conference over which he presided, Yu explained that the new social class is the important focus of united front work. As such, it must be respected, cared for,  and united around the Party in centripetal fashion (引导他们不断增强对党和政府的向心力). To that end, a team of new social class representatives of like-mindedness and values to the Party must be trained, Yu said. He also emphasized the need to properly educate ethnic minorities to grasp the “five recognitions” (五个认同). The five recognitions are: “recognition of the great motherland” (对伟大祖国的认同); recognition of the Chinese nation (对中华民族的认同); “recognition of Chinese culture” (对中华文化的认同); “recognition of the CCP” (对中国共产党的认同); and “recognition of socialism with Chinese characteristics” (对中国特色社会主义的认同).

Yu Zhengsheng: Advance Religious Work, Lead Development of Religion with Socialist Core Values

National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

9.8:  Yu Zhengsheng attended and delivered remarks at a specialized religious work seminar on united front theory and policy and that was attended by provincial cadres. Politburo members Vice Premier Liu Yandong (刘延东) and United Front Work Department Head Sun Chunlan (孙春兰) also participated in the discussion. The seven day seminar focused on the implementation of the spirit of the Central United Front Work Conference and Nationwide Religious Work Conference (中央统战工作会议和全国宗教工作会议), with discussion of the advancement of “religious work under the new situation.” In his remarks, Yu focused on the new ideas and new requirements articulated in Xi Jinping’s important speeches at these conferences. In particular, he emphasized the importance of using socialist core values (社会主义核心价值观) to lead the development of religion in China and ensure that religious doctrine remains conducive to social harmony and progress. Yu also alluded to the importance of addressing certain contradictions related to religion, especially to “resist the overseas use of religion to conduct infiltration.”

PARTY DISCIPLINE

Under Investigation This Week:

CCDI

9.6 Yang Songbai (杨松柏), former Party secretary of Neijiang (内江), Sichuan Province.  Yang has served in various political capacities in Sichuan Province, including deputy director and leading Party group member of the Sichuan Economic and Trade Commission and Party deputy secretary of Luzhou City, Sichuan Province.  He was most recently the Party deputy secretary and leading Party group secretary of Neijiang City.

9.7:  Zhou Yong (周勇), former vice Party secretary of Neijiang, Sichuan Province. A native of Sichuan Province, he has served in various posts in Leshan City, Sichuan Province from 1988 to 2012, including deputy mayor of the city municipal government.  Zhou Yong was appointed to Neijiang in 2012, and is the second high-level official from Neijiang to be investigated this week.

9.8:  Li Yaoxin (李耀新), president of the Board of Supervisors of Shanghai Instrument and Electronics Co., Ltd and former director of the Municipal Economy and Informatization WorkingCommittee. A native of Ningbo, Li has worked in Shanghai for the past two decades. From 2005 to 2008, he was appointed to Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province, serving as mayor before returning to Shanghai in 2008 to act as the district chief of Changning.

9.9:  Qu Xiaochu (屈孝初), Hunan International Business Vocational College Party secretary. Qu has served in various academic capacities at Hunan Agricultural University throughout his career. He was most recently the deputy Party secretary and dean of Hunan International Business Vocational College.

9.9:  Zhang Xiaobo (张晓波), Party Working Committee secretary and Management Committee Director of Jinan New District, Handan City, Hebei Province.  Zhang graduated with an MBA from the University of International Business and Economics and has served in various political capacities in Handan City.  He was most recently the deputy Party secretary of Ci County, HandanCity.

9.10:  Huang Xingguo (黄兴国), mayor and acting Party secretary of Tianjin Municipality. Mr. Huang has served in Tianjin since 2003 when he was appointed vice mayor. He officially entered the CCP’s 18th Central Committee as a member in 2012.

CENTRAL MILITARY COMMISSION (CMC)

Xu Qiliang Meets with Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Defense Services Min Aung Hliang, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

Ministry of National Defense

9.6:  General Xu Qiliang (许其亮), vice chairman of the CMC, met with Myanmar Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Defense Services in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. In attendance were Hong Liang (洪亮), China’s Ambassador to Myanmar; General Xu Fenlin (徐粉林), deputy Chief of the CMC Joint Staff Department; Lieutenant General Liu Sheng (刘胜), deputy head of the Equipment Development Department; Lieutenant General Zhu Shengling (朱生岭), political commissar of the CMC National Defense Mobilization Department; and Lieutenant General Liu Zhenli (刘振立), chief of staff for the PLA Army. General Xu emphasized the “profound, long-lasting” friendship (‘Paukphaw’) between the Chinese and Burmese people, highlighting recent advances in the bilateral relationship. He also called for strengthened cooperation to ensure the stability and security of the China-Myanmar border. During his trip, Xu also met with Myanmar’s State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, who had traveled to Beijing on a state visit earlier in the month, and similarly emphasized China’s hope to play a constructive role in Myanmar’s ongoing peace process and border issues.

Chang Wanquan Highlights China’s Contributions and Commitment to Peacekeeping Operations

Ministry of National Defense

9.8:  Minister of Defense and CMC Member General Chang Wanquan (常万全) attended a UN conference on Peacekeeping in London. His remarks highlighted China’s contributions and renewed commitment to engaging in peacekeeping contributions. While an estimated 33,000 Chinese personnel had taken place in peacekeeping operations within the past twenty-six years, there are currently 2,500 Chinese peacekeepers deployed in nine different mission areas. He reiterated Xi Jinping’s 2015 commitment that China would contribute an 8,000-person standby peacekeeping force for UN missions. General Chang also discussed China’s support for UN efforts to enable the rapid deployment of peacekeeping forces, yet emphasized that peacekeeping operations must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state in question.

OTHER

Experts Discuss Past, Present, and Future of Science Fiction in China

China Association for Science and Technology

9.9:   The 2016 China Science Fiction Summit Forum (中国科幻高峰论坛) took place in Beijing, convening Chinese and international science fiction authors, scholars, and entrepreneurs, with the sponsorship of organizations including the China Association for Science and Technology, Tencent, and Xinhua. The “Galaxy Prize” (银河奖), the most prestigious Chinese science fiction award, was presented to a number of authors, including internationally acclaimed Liu Cixin (刘慈欣), author of The Three-Body Problem (三体). Reportedly, Vice President and Politburo member Li Yuanchao (李源潮) has carefully read The Three-Body Problem, which was characterized as an indication that the national-level leadership “attaches great importance to making Chinese science fiction shine.” Participants noted that increased enthusiasm for science fiction in China reflected the country’s rapid development of science and technology in the contemporary period, which has deeply changed people’s lives.

Zhou Qiang: Unceasingly Satisfy the People’s Demand for Judicial Pluralism

China Peace Net

9.10:  Zhou Qiang (周强), President of China’s Supreme People’s Court, emphasized the importance of advancing judicial reforms and ensuring justice in remarks during a trip to Chongqing. While visiting a litigation service center, Zhou urged an elderly citizen that was inquiring about his case to “believe that the law and the court, will certainly seek truth from facts, dealing with [the situation] in accordance with the law.” Zhou also encouraged the judge to take seriously the problems reflected in the masses’ letters of complaint (群众涉诉信访) and utilize information technology, especially big data analysis, to understand their demands and accurately understand the relevant social conditions and dynamics. In addition, Zhou also emphasized the importance of fully implementing central reforms, including the administration of the justice accountability system (司法责任制), and to show “zero tolerance” in cracking down on judicial corruption.

INTERNATIONAL LIAISON WORK

Meetings: 6 September-11 September 2016

9.6:  National People’s Congress Standing Committee Vice Chairman Ji Bingxuan (吉炳轩) met an Iranian Expediency Discernment Council delegation led by Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly deputy speaker Hossein Mozaffar in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on topics of mutual interest, including China-Iranian relations.

9.6:  International Department Assistant Minister Li Jun (李军) met the deputy chief of the Russian Presidential Foreign Policy Directorate in Beijing.  Both sides exchanged views on Sino-Russian relations as well as regions and international affairs of mutual interest.

9.6:  International Department Minister Song Tao (宋涛) met a South African Communist Party (SACP) delegation led by SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande in Beijing. Song commented on the common values shared by both parties, and wished to strengthen communication and cooperation with South Africa and other developing nations. Nzimande expressed the desire to learn from the CCP as a model for economic development.

9.7:  Central Secretariat secretary and Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) deputy secretary Zhao Hongzhu (赵洪祝) led a delegation to Denmark, where he met Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen, Minister of Justice Soren Pind, and other government officials.  Both sides exchanged views on deepening the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, strengthening transparent governance and anti-corruption cooperation, and other topics of mutual interest.

9.7:  Chinese Vice Premier and Politburo member Liu Yandong met a South African Communist Party (SACP) delegation led by SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande in Beijing.  Liu stated the need to implement the important agreements reached by both countries’ leaders to propel the development of the China-South African comprehensive strategic partnership. Both sides pledged to deepen party-to-party cooperation and exchanges on the CCP’s experience in governance and economic development.

9.7:  International Department Assistant Minister Li Jun met Lithuanian Vice Foreign Minister Neris Germanas in Beijing.  Li Jun highly complimented bilateral and party-to-party relations, and wished to further the bilateral relationship through party channels. Germanas pledged to strengthen cooperation with China under the “16+1” cooperation mechanism and the “One Belt, One Road” framework.

9.7:  International Department Minister Song Tao met a young Diet delegation from the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) led by Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Toshinao Nakagawa.  Song praised the positive efforts of young LDP members to improve Sino-Japanese relations, and hoped that young Japanese politicians can actively guide the media and public to view China in an objective light. Nakagawa pledged to continue to contribute to the improvement of bilateral relations between both countries.

9.7:  International Department Minister Song Tao met an Iranian Expediency Discernment Council delegation led by Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly deputy speaker Hossein Mozaffar in Beijing.  Song commented upon the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Iran in January as a new milestone for bilateral relations. Both sides pledged to strengthen their cooperation mechanism and increase academic and political exchange to further bilateral relations.

9.8:  International Department Assistant Minister Wang Yajun (王亚军) met a young Diet delegation from the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) led by Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Toshinao Nakagawa in Beijing.  Wang commented upon the increased stability of Sino-Japanese relations in recent months, but urged the Japanese to correctly view China’s peaceful development and foreign policy.  Nakagawa hoped that both sides can consistently send positive signals for Sino-Japanese relations in the event of the 45thanniversary of normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the 40thanniversary of their Treaty of Peace and Friendship.

9.9:  International Department Assistant Minister Li Jun met a delegation led by Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) politician Junya Ogawa in Beijing.  Li clarified China’s stance on Sino-Japanese relations and the importance of adhering to the Four-Point Consensus (四点原则共识) to improving the state of bilateral relations. Ogawa highlighted the importance of the bilateral relationship to regional and global stability, and recommended the use of bilateral communication mechanisms to confront challenges.

ORGANIZATION WORK

Central Cadre Appointments: 6 -11 September 2016

   Zhong Zhihua

9.7:   Zhong Zhihua (钟志华) was confirmed to be the new president of Tongji University in Shanghai.  He was previously the secretary-general and a leading Party group member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

   Wei Xiaodong

9.8:  Wei Xiaodong (魏小东) was confirmed to be the new deputy director of the State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform (SCOPSR). He was previously the Party secretary of Shangqiu City, Henan Province.

   Zhao Leqin

9.8:  Zhao Leqin (赵乐秦) continues his appointment as Party secretary of Guilin City, Guangxi Province, a position he held since January 2013. Prior to Guilin, he served as Party secretary of Chongzuo City.

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