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Commentary: Law and Party disciplines brook no violation

04-15-2012 09:30 BJT

BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) -- The recent decision of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee to investigate Bo Xilai's serious discipline violations, and the police reinvestigation of Neil Heywood's death, have garnered wide support from all walks of life in the country.

These moves have been objectively reported by most international media. However, a few overseas media have placed excessive interpretation on the cases and even taking the chance to make inappropriate comments on China's politics.

In fact, the decision is another resolute move by the ruling CPC to strengthen the enforcement of Party disciplines and continue to unswervingly push forward the rule of law.

In 1996, the rule of law was written into the outline of the ninth five-year plan for national economic and social development and the long-range objectives to 2010, becoming an important principle for guiding China's modernization drive.

The "rule of law" does not only mean running state affairs according to law, it also indicates that administrators must obey the law and handle state affairs through legal means. It is a comprehensive and profound change from the tradition of "rule by man," which had been practiced in China for thousands of years.

The rule of law can ensure that China's development is not affected by uncertain factors and avoid upheavals such as the Cultural Revolution.

Although China has encountered many difficulties, the country is marching forward along the right road. In 2010, a socialist system of laws with Chinese characteristics was established as scheduled. Solving problems through legal means has become the consensus of the Party and the people.

As the ruling party with more than 80 million members, the CPC has stipulated strict disciplines to ensure the Party's advanced nature.

The current Party Constitution, adopted in September 1982 and revised five times thereafter, clearly stipulates that the Party must conduct its activities within the framework of the country's Constitution and laws. The Party Constitution also says that everyone is equal in front of Party disciplines.

The CPC has issued key documents, such as clean governance standards for Party members and cadres and regulations on leading cadres reporting personal matters, to set strict restraints on cadre's behaviors, and no one is allowed to violate them.

Nonetheless, violations of Party disciplines and lax enforcement of laws have occurred occasionally. In some places, there are some practices in which power and personal favor are put above the law, and disciplinary and law violations by a very small number of high-ranking cadres become a major public concern. In some places, there are top officials making decisions without seeking others' opinions and thus violating the principle of democratic centralism. The spouses and children of some cadres have taken advantage of their power to seek personal gains, disregarding the law, thus stirring public outcry.


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