CPC leadership makes arrangements for anti-graft work

Copies of a CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection booklet are seen on a table during a news conference in Beijing, China, January 15, 2016. (Photo: CFP)

The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee convened a meeting on Tuesday to make arrangements for improving Party conduct, moral integrity and combating corruption.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, presided over the meeting.

The meeting emphasized the need to unswervingly strengthen political resolve in exercising full and rigorous Party self-governance, saying that after a decade of efforts in exercising full and rigorous Party self-governance, an overwhelming victory has been achieved in the fight against corruption. However, there is still a long way to go.

Continuous efforts are needed to ensure that the self-reform of the Party for the new era is carried forward, the meeting added.

The meeting also urged the discipline inspection and supervision organs to perform the duties entrusted to them by the Party Constitution and the Constitution to improve the Party and state oversight system and promote high-quality development of discipline inspection and supervision.

Implementing the eight-point code on improving Party and government conduct was also stressed at the meeting.

The eight-point frugality code, introduced by the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, aims to improve Party and government officials' work style.

Since it was adopted in December 2012, great effort has been made by the Party to rectify undesirable work styles of formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance.

According to the monthly statement by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and the National Supervisory Commission, China punished 11,050 people in October for violating the eight-point code, among whom 7,541 received Party disciplinary or administrative penalties.

The meeting pledged severe punishment for those who continue to violate Party discipline and rules despite repeated warnings and prohibitions.

Underscoring a tough and protracted battle against corruption, the meeting said the focus should be on corruption that involves both political and economic elements, corruption in sectors with a high concentration of power, funds and resources, and corrupt low-ranking officials whose misconduct directly affects people's lives.

Tuesday's political bureau meeting also analyzed and studied the economic work for 2023, stressing that next year, the country will pay special attention to ensuring steady growth, rolling out a proactive fiscal policy, a prudent monetary policy, adapting coordinated policies in various spheres and optimizing epidemic responses to form synergy for high-quality development.

Prior to this meeting, Xi had chaired a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, during which a briefing was given on the work of the CPC CCDI and the National Commission of Supervision and preparation for the second plenary session of the 20th CCDI.

The meeting agreed to hold the second plenary session of the 20th CPC CCDI from January 9 to 11 next year.