CPC to include Xi's principles in party constitution
By Nandalal Tiwari
Beijing, Oct. 18: The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is all set to amend the party constitution and incorporate new thinking, vision and strategies of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also party general-secretary, into the party statute.
The amendment to the CPC statute will establish Xi as the most powerful Chinese leader after Deng Xiaoping in the last four decades as China has seen tremendous achievements on all fronts since Xi came to power in 2012, and Xi’s thoughts on global governance, open market and climate change mitigation measures have received global prominence.
Xi has already been elevated to the status of core leader, which means he has the power to rule over the Central Committee of the party.
“The amended constitution shall include all the major theories and strategies affirmed in the political report to the 19th party Congress, so that the constitution fully embodies the party’s latest achievements in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context, signifies the new vision, thinking and strategies for the governance of China that the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has developed since the 18th party Congress,” said Tuo Zhen, spokesperson for the 19th CPC Congress, at a press conference on Tuesday.
All CPC national congresses, starting with the 13th one, have made amendments to the party constitution in varying degrees.
The Congress is beginning Wednesday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, and it is expected to be over by October 24.
The Congress will formulate a programme of action and major policies and principles tailored to the needs of the times, and set out overall strategic plans and their implementing steps for the party and the country, said spokesman Tuo.
As the main items on the agenda, the Congress will hear and deliberate on the report of the party’s 18th Central Committee (CC), deliberate on the work report of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), deliberate and adopt amendment to the constitution of the Communist Party of China, elect the party’s 19th CC and elect the 19th CCDI, Tuo said.
He said that preparations for the Congress that started in October last year had been complete.
According to Tuo, the report of the 18th CC of the CPC to the 19th CPC Congress had been prepared following extensive research.
“The CC commissioned 59 organisations to conduct research on 21 key topics, resulting in 80 reports. The drafting group set up nine task forces and sent them to conduct field research in 16 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government while 25 national think tanks were also mobilised for some dedicated research.”
Democracy prevailed in the whole drafting process, and comments and suggestions were widely solicited inside and outside the party while preparing the report, he said.
According to the spokesperson, the Credential Committee has examined and confirmed the credentials of a total of 2,280 delegates to the 19th party congress, who represent more than 89 million party members and over 4.5 million primary level party organisations nationwide.
The delegates numbering 2,280 were elected from 40 electoral units from across the country. Majority of the delegates elected are those who joined the party after the reform and opening up in 1978.
In addition to reviewing the progress the party made since the 18th Congress and adopting a plan for the party and the country for the next five years, the Congress will also elect a Central Committee and a new Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).
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