Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, makes an important speech at the third plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee in Beijing, capital of China. The session was held from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2018. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
Third Plenary Session sets goals of upcoming reforms to review and approve in two sessions as way to strengthen nation, Party
The top task of deepening institutional reform of the Communist Party of China and the country is to enhance the Party's leadership in all areas and ensure its leadership becomes stronger, said a statement released after a key meeting concluded on Wednesday.
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, delivered an important speech at the Third Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee, which was held in Beijing from Monday to Wednesday.
The session was attended by 202 members and 171 alternative members of the Central Committee.
During the session, the leading officials listened to and discussed the report delivered by Xi on authorization of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
Two name lists — one about proposed leaders of national institutions and the other about proposed leaders of the top political advisory body — were reviewed and adopted at the session after earlier going through opinion-solicitation and deliberation among a wider circle.
The two name lists will be recommended to the presidium of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee.
During the session, the senior officials reviewed and adopted the CPC Central Committee's decision to deepen institutional reform and the resulting plan. Parts of the plan will be submitted to the NPC's session for further review in accordance with legal procedures.
The NPC, China's top legislature, and the CPPCC National Committee, the country's top political advisory body, will hold their annual gatherings, known collectively as the two sessions, beginning on Saturday.
During the plenary session that ended on Wednesday, the work of the Political Bureau was fully acknowledged.
In the face of a complex global situation and the arduous tasks of reform, development and stability, the Political Bureau has implemented the spirit of the Party's 19th National Congress and the First as well as the Second Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee, the statement said.
The Political Bureau has held high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics and followed the guide of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, The Thought of Three Represents, Scientific Outlook on Development and Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the statement said.
The Political Bureau has comprehensively enhanced the Party's leadership in all works, stuck to the general tone of seeking progress while maintaining stability, innovating and working diligently, the statement said.
It has united and led the people of all ethnicities to boost confidence, deepen overall reform, keep steady economic growth, advance the rule of law, make efforts to engage in preventing and resolving major risks, target poverty reduction, prevent pollution, govern the Party with strict discipline, improve work style and push socialist building in economic, political, cultural, social and ecological areas as well as in building of the Party, the statement said.
The statement also highlighted the importance of the upcoming two sessions, saying they are of great significance to motivate the whole Party and nation to strive for the decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era.
Deepening institutional reform of the Party and the country will be a big step to modernize the country's governance system and capacity, the statement said.
Since the Party's 18th National Congress, the CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core has focused on the general goal of improving and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics and modernizing the country's governance system and capacity, deepened overall reform, enhanced the Party's leadership, deepened institutional reform of the Party and the country and made great progress in other important areas, the statement said.
Facing the requirements of a new era and new tasks, the current institutional setting of the Party and country could not fully adapt to the need to modernize the country's governance system and capacity, and the whole Party must unite the thoughts, boost confidence and seize opportunities to address obstacles and advantages in the Party's and country's institutional setting system, the statement said.
The institutional reform must fully implement the spirit of the Party's 19th National Congress and follow the guide of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, The Thought of Three Represents, Scientific Outlook on Development, and Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the statement said.
The institutional reform should meet the need of developing socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, stick to correct direction, put people at the center and advance rule of law, the statement said.
The goal of the institutional reform is to build complete, scientific and efficient institutional systems for the Party and the country, with a Party leadership system to take overall management and coordinate all sides, a government system to have clear duties and govern in line with the laws, an armed force system with Chinese characteristics and of world class, a society work system to connect the people in a wide range, the statement said.
The people's congresses, governments, political advisory bodies, supervision agencies, justice agencies, procuratorate agencies, people's societies, enterprises and social organizations will be pushed to act coordinately under the unified leadership of the Party to fully improve the governing capacity, the statement said.
The top task of the institutional reform is to improve and uphold the system of the Party's overall leadership, enhance the Party's leadership in all areas and all works, ensure the full coverage of the Party and ensure the Party's leadership to be stronger, the statement said.
The reform of the Party's disciplinary inspection system and the country's supervision system should be pushed, the statement said.
It's an important task to transfer the government's function and streamline the setting governmental departments. The institutional reform will focus on high-quality development, building modern economic system, streamlining the function of government agencies, improving market supervision and law-enforcement system, reforming management system on national resources and ecological environment, improving governing efficiency, and building a government that satisfies the people, the statement said.
It is a systematic project to deepen institutional reform, and all Party committees and governments should unite their thoughts and actions to the decisions made by the CPC Central Committee, firmly maintain the authority of the CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core and its centralized, unified leadership, and completely implement the decisions and plans of the CPC Central Committee, the statement said.
The session calls on the whole Party and nation to closely unite around the CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core, unite their thoughts and actions, ensure the completion of all reform tasks, and strive for the fulfillment of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.