REPORT: Volume 1 Issue 16

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 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 … Continue reading REPORT: Volume 1 Issue 16

REPORT: Volume 1 Issue 15

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 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 … Continue reading REPORT: Volume 1 Issue 15

REPORT: Volume 1 Issue 14

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Beijing’s efforts to rally international support for its boycott of the South China Sea arbitration case at The Hague continue unabated, with CCP International Department press releases and state media outlets regularly quoting supportive excerpts from statements made by foreign scholars and organizations. The CCP Central Committee General Office and State Council General Office jointly published opinions on how to reform China’s lawyer system. The opinions focus on how to manage China’s lawyers and guarantee their “correct” political orientation. Measures to be taken include the strengthening of inspections and disciplinary measures at law firms, and targeting lawyers with … Continue reading REPORT: Volume 1 Issue 14

PARTY WATCH V1 I13: CCP ACTIVITIES 6.6.-6.12.13

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) released its findings that the Propaganda Department has not performed well in its ideological work at universities. Qiushi journal published an article offering ideas on how to strengthen socialist values among university students, citing Xi Jinping’s assertion that the values of China’s youth will determine societal values in the future. The CCDI is preparing to develop a “CCP accountability provision” to promote cadre accountability and discipline, and thereby increase the public’s loyalty to the CCP. CCP Liaison Department meetings focused heavily on advancing the One Belt, One Road framework in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, … Continue reading PARTY WATCH V1 I13: CCP ACTIVITIES 6.6.-6.12.13

CCP ACTIVITIES: 5.30.16-6.05.16 (V1 I12)

 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Vice governor of Jiangsu Province and member of the provincial CCP standing committee Li Yunfeng was formally placed under discipline investigation. Beijing launched discipline inspections into CCP groups at 26 prominent organizations. The United Front Work Department urged its personnel at every level to cooperate with the Organization Department and Ministry of Education in order to promote the inclusion of non-CCP members into higher education leadership teams. About 17% of members of China’s democratic parties were said to be based in centers of higher education, according to statistics cited by the United Front Work Department. Premier Li Keqiang … Continue reading CCP ACTIVITIES: 5.30.16-6.05.16 (V1 I12)

Is China’s Period of Strategic Opportunity Over?

As many have written about recently, China is facing many difficulties as it seeks to enforce its territorial claims over vast areas of East Asia, including the South and East China Seas and Taiwan. In reality, all of these struggles reflect China’s longstanding desire to have the country’s periphery free from powers that have the potential to threaten it. What is new, however, is Beijing’s bold and seemingly impatient strategy to secure its periphery at the considerable expense of its neighbors. Under Xi Jinping’s leadership, China has shown an increased tolerance for regional tensions as it vies for domination on … Continue reading Is China’s Period of Strategic Opportunity Over?

Chinese Communist Party Activities: 5.23.16-5.29.16 (Party Watch V1 I11)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced that in order to address ongoing problems related to the “four forms of decadence,” five inspection teams would be established to inspect ten central ministries (listed in the Party Discipline section). The CCP Journal Qiushi warned Party cadres against being too afraid to do their jobs and choosing to do nothing because of CCP discipline enforcement efforts. The CCP celebrated the 65th anniversary of the “peaceful liberation” of Tibet, and highlighted improvements in Tibetan living standards, economic growth, and gender equality as examples of its success. Xi Jinping led a CCP … Continue reading Chinese Communist Party Activities: 5.23.16-5.29.16 (Party Watch V1 I11)

CCP Activities 5.16.16-5.22.16

PARTY WATCH UPDATE Our reports now have a new section called PARTY WATCH Weekly Analysis, where readers can find an introduction and website link to our latest pieces published by our partner, The Diplomat. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY People’s Daily published an article blaming Mao Zedong for the Cultural Revolution, and recognizing the disastrous results that the movement brought upon China. The article stated that the CCP has always admitted and corrected mistakes, and reassured readers that Cultural Revolution-type mistakes will never occur again. 4,309 officials were investigated for violating Party discipline in April, bringing the 2016 year total (not including May) to 16,545. An … Continue reading CCP Activities 5.16.16-5.22.16

CCP Activities: 5.9.16-5.15.16 (V1 I9)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY CCP organs are strongly encouraging all Party members to repeatedly study Xi Jinping’s important speeches, word by word. Propaganda organs have released a compilation of Xi Jinping’s most important speeches, which were said to be the latest achievement of Marxism in China. The United Front Work Department told non-CCP intellectuals not to fear reprisals for offering criticism and oversight of CCP policies. They were also reminded to maintain political awareness and conformity as they make their contributions to national development. The February 2016 pledge of loyalty to the PRC constitution by members of the National People’s Congress (NPC) … Continue reading CCP Activities: 5.9.16-5.15.16 (V1 I9)

CCP Activities: 5.2.16-5.8.16 (V1 I8)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Recent CCP discipline inspections and statements show that Party discipline work continues to target the “critical few” cadres that are in leadership positions. The CCP committees of the PLA Army and Strategic Support Force dispatched inspection teams to their subordinate organizations for the first time, extending the reach of the leadership’s anti-corruption campaign deeper into the military. The newly elected president of Laos Bounnhang Vorachit held meetings with top Chinese leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, and Liu Yunshan in Beijing, where Vorachit signed cooperative agreements covering a range of topics. Xi Jinping emphasized the need for … Continue reading CCP Activities: 5.2.16-5.8.16 (V1 I8)