Beijing, January 9, 2024 (TDI) – Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, emphasized the imperative of advancing the Party’s self-reform and triumphing over the persistent and challenging battle against corruption during his address at the third plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).
Highlighting the remarkable achievements in the anti-corruption campaign over the past decade, Xi acknowledged the overwhelming victory but underscored the ongoing gravity and complexity of the situation.
“We must maintain a full awareness of the evolving landscape in the fight against corruption and the factors contributing to its existence,” remarked Xi, urging intensified efforts to secure success in the enduring battle against corruption.
The meeting, attended by members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, including Li Qiang, Zhao Leji, Wang Huning, Cai Qi, and Ding Xuexiang, was presided over by Li Xi, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CCDI.
Xi highlighted that 2023 marks the inaugural year of implementing the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress on all fronts. He commended the unwavering commitment of the CPC Central Committee to self-reform, ensuring a robust start to the new journey.
Addressing the strategic question faced by the CPC as the world’s largest Marxist governing party, Xi emphasized the need to escape the historical cycle of rise and fall while remaining steadfast in the party’s nature, conviction, and character.
Xi outlined nine crucial elements to advance the Party’s self-reform:
- Upholding the centralized, unified leadership of the CPC Central Committee.
- Guiding the great social revolution as the fundamental purpose.
- Adhering to the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as the fundamental guidance.
- Breaking the historical cycle of rise and fall as the strategic target.
- Tackling specific challenges faced by a large party like the CPC as the main direction.
- Improving systems for exercising full and rigorous self-governance as the effective method.
- Forging strong Party organizations and cultivating highly-committed Party members as the focus.
- Enhancing Party conduct, enforcing Party discipline, and fighting corruption as the key task.
- Integrating self-regulation and oversight from the people as the strong impetus.
Xi stressed the need for continuous efforts to eliminate the breeding grounds and conditions for corruption to advance the anti-corruption campaign in the new era.
To combat corruption effectively, Xi called for coordinated actions to prevent officials from becoming corrupt and expand the scope of anti-corruption campaigns. He underlined the importance of maintaining a tough stance against corruption, especially collusion between officials and businesspeople.
Xi urged greater efforts to rectify corruption in various sectors, including finance, state-owned enterprises, energy, medicine, and infrastructure projects. Deepening reform, improving the legal system, and promoting a culture of integrity were highlighted as essential measures to curb corruption.
In conclusion, Xi emphasized the critical role of discipline inspection and supervision agencies in driving the Party’s self-reform. He called for building a loyal, reliable, and pure contingent of disciplinary inspection and supervision cadres, turning them into an “iron army” that the Party can trust.
During the plenary session, Li Xi, while presiding, recognized Xi’s speech as a strategic guide for advancing the fight against corruption. He urged comprehensive study and implementation of Xi’s ideas for the Party’s self-reform, emphasizing their role as a strong guarantee for national development and rejuvenation.
The third plenary session of the 20th CPC CCDI, which opened on Monday, saw Li delivering a comprehensive work report on behalf of the CCDI standing committee in the afternoon.