CPC embraces 92nd anniversary with stricter discipline

(Xinhua)

08:28, July 02, 2013

BEIJING, July 1 (Xinhua) -- As the Communist Party of China (CPC) embraced its 92nd anniversary on Monday, the world's largest ruling party is relying on its traditional advantages and stricter Party disciplines to better meet challenges posed by rapidly changing domestic and international environments.

During its 63 years in power, the CPC has elevated China to its place as the world's second largest economy, but the 85 million-member Party is well aware that its legitimacy does not depend solely on economic development.

The new Chinese leadership has warned that the biggest threat to the Party involves alienating itself from the masses, as a slew of Party members and officials are not caring about people's well-being.

"Winning or losing public support is an issue that concerns the CPC's survival," Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, said in June while starting a clean-up campaign to reinforce the "mass line," a Party policy aimed at broadening and cultivating contact with the masses.

He stressed that the mass-line is the "lifeline of the Party" and a "fundamental route of work."

The CPC was founded among the people and powered by the people, which means the Party shall never abandon its principle of "identifying itself with the masses of the people," said professor Xie Chuntao at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.

Party members should never forget their identities as "servants of the people," and more importantly, they should translate that principle into concrete practices, Xie said.

Analysts have said that the new Chinese leadership is demonstrating its willingness to listen to public grievances and tackle deep-rooted problems that are getting in the way of the Party's development.

Xi's remarks came as the CPC faces mounting dangers of members slacking off mentally, being incompetent, alienating the masses and being dispirited and corrupt -- all at a time when the situations of the both country and the world are undergoing dramatic change, said Gao Xinmin, another professor at the school.

China has entered an era when the market economy and socialist democracy are developing fast and the Party is facing more difficulties in coordinating people's diversified interests amid shifting social and interest structures, Gao said.

The CPC needs to build a long-term mass-line mechanism that would force officials to hold themselves accountable to the people, she said.

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