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CPC leaders take lead in campaign against harmful work styles

06-26-2013 01:05 BJT Special Report:China’s Leaders |

BEIJING, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Top Communist Party of China (CPC) leaders relayed criticisms and self-criticisms during a high-profile meeting that concluded Tuesday, setting examples for others in the Party's campaign to fight undesirable work styles.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, presides
over a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee from June 22 to 25, 2013 in
Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

The 25-member Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee held a special conference from June 22 to 25.

The meeting, an important part of the campaign to strengthen ties between Party members and the people, was presided over by General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping.

EXEMPLARY ROLE

The Political Bureau underscored the exemplary role top leaders could play by following through on their commitments, saying overcoming any difficulties will make the Party more powerful.

Political Bureau members should "implement the do's before asking others to do so, and certainly not do something themselves if they don't want others to do it," said a statement issued after the conference.

It is "a basic requirement" that the Political Bureau take a leadership role, according to the statement, which added that the Political Bureau should take the lead in improving the Party's work styles.

The Political Bureau warned of various risks and challenges the CPC faces.

Finding ways to push forward the construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics and realize the Chinese dream of the nation's great rejuvenation is "a direct, constant and important test" of the Political Bureau's political wisdom, leadership and work styles, the statement said.

To make it through the test and pool the strength of all Chinese people to achieve these goals, the Political Bureau must be strict with itself and be a self-starter, it said.

The conference was held on the heels of last week's announcement that the CPC launched a year-long "thorough cleanup" of undesirable work styles such as formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance.

To form closer ties with the people, Party members are required to "look in the mirror, straighten their attire, take a bath and seek remedies," which means they should reflect on their own practices and correct any misbehavior.

EXISTING CAMPAIGN EFFECTIVE

In Tuesday's statement, the Political Bureau hailed the "eight-point" rules introduced by the new CPC leadership last year to fight bureaucracy and formalism as "effective."

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, presides
over a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee from June 22 to 25, 2013 in
Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

During the just-concluded conference, Political Bureau members discussed measures to enhance efforts to improve their work styles. They also examined their own conduct to identify whether they comply with the rules for the fight against bureaucracy and formalism, which were introduced by the new CPC leadership late last year.

Political Bureau members have conscientiously and earnestly implemented the rules, and the move has been effective in terms of simplifying meetings and speeches, standardizing leaders' overseas visits, improving news coverage of leaders' work and exercising thrift, the statement said.

The rules have helped to curb pomp, ceremony, unnecessary meetings and extravagance, while also improving the Party's work styles and boosting the CPC's prestige, according to the statement.

The Political Bureau urged for the rules to be better carried out in the future, vowing "no exceptions" in the implementation of relevant regulations.

"Countermeasures aiming to dodge these rules should be resolutely rectified," the statement said.

The CPC will work to prevent officials from enjoying excess benefits by standardizing their welfare entitlement, according to the conference.

The conference ordered governments at all levels to standardize officials' entitlement to offices, housing, cars, secretaries, public receptions, guards, social benefits and vacations, ensuring that no one enjoys excess benefits and that no official gives or accepts gifts.

The conference also called for efforts to perfect the official performance evaluation system and let it drive changes in work styles.

Moreover, a promotion mechanism in which officials get promoted for good work styles, and warned or punished for work style misconduct, should be put into place.

The Political Bureau vowed to stop Party members from pulling strings to get themselves official positions or promotions.

The conference specified major aspects for revamping Party members' work styles, including boosting the efficiency of theory learning, article writing and meetings; controlling expenditures on official overseas visits, public vehicles and official receptions; preventing officials from extorting bribes and accepting high-end membership cards or prepaid cards.

Moreover, great efforts should also be made to scrap "face-lifting" projects, which were described as short-sighted projects undertaken for the sake of burnishing an official's credentials in a short time.

Efforts should also be made to cut back on unnecessary festivities, forums or international conferences, and to curb the construction of wasteful and grand government buildings.


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