Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Party leaders vow high ideological levels

Senior Party leaders have vowed to implement high standards in China's anti-decadence campaign to raise officials' ideological levels and bring about changes to their work style.

Party officials are ordered to treat organizational discipline as a lifeline. Chief leaders in Party committees are asked to play a leading role in conducting self-analysis in a manner that does not take into account who they are and makes criticism sessions demanding, according to an official statement released yesterday.

As part of the second round of a campaign to improve Party-people relations and deter harmful work styles, each of the seven Standing Committee members of the Political Bureau was recently allocated a county to supervise its progress.

President Xi Jinping has been paired with Lankao County. Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli, are taking charge of supervision in counties in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and Fujian, Yunnan, Shaanxi, Shandong and Jilin provinces.

The campaign's second phase is due to run until September, targeting more low-level departments and leaderships. The first phase was focused on central and provincial-level departments.

Cities, counties, townships and villages are important bases for consolidating the Party's ruling status and basis, and modernization of China's governance system and capacity cannot be achieved without improvements from low-level departments and leaderships, the statement said.

The public pay more attention to grassroots Party officials and members when assessing the work style of the Party and government as they are large in number and have more direct contact with the people, the statement said.

Party officials should take the lead to "leave the high-rises, step out of their mansions and reach out to the public and sit with them on the same bench to collect their suggestions," it urged.

Party officials should "take the masses as their teachers and seek advice from them," the statement added.

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