The Communist Party of China (CPC) will amend its constitution at the upcoming national congress.
The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on September 18 deliberated a draft amendment to the constitution at a meeting presided over by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.
Amending Party Constitution
Amending the constitution at the 19th CPC National Congress on the basis of the new situation and tasks would promote the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics and Party building, said a statement issued after the meeting.
It said the amendment must include the key theories and strategic thought presented by a report to be delivered at the 19th CPC National Congress.
"The amended constitution must fully represent the latest sinicization of Marxism, new governance concepts, thought and strategies of the CPC Central Committee since the 18th CPC National Congress, as well as new experience in adhering to and strengthening Party leadership and in strict Party governance," according to the statement.
It also noted that the amendment should make the CPC more vigorous, stronger and enable it to keep a close connection with the people.
The draft amendment will be submitted to the seventh plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, which will be held on Oct. 11, for discussion.
The CPC constitution was last amended in 2012.
Report to Congress
The meeting also reviewed the draft report by the 18th CPC Central Committee to the 19th CPC National Congress. The draft will be submitted to the seventh plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee for discussion.
"Wisdom should be pooled to draw up a report which conforms to the common wish shared by the Party and people of all ethnic groups, meets the requirements for socialist development with Chinese characteristics and adapts to the new situation and tasks for the work of the Party and the country," the statement said.
"The 19th CPC National Congress is a very important meeting to be held at a critical stage when China is striving for achieving a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way, and at a critical time for the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics."
It also said that the congress has a great significance in inspiring and mobilizing people to forge ahead.
The statement said it is imperative to analyze the development trend of the world and China, take into account new requirements for the country's development and new expectations from the people, and summarize the experience that the Party has gained from leading the people to advance the reform and opening up and the building of socialist modernization.
"The people-oriented development thought should be implemented to solve the conspicuous problems faced by the country and a strategic plan should be made for the causes of the Party and the country to promote balanced economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological progress and coordinated implementation of the Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy," the statement said.
The Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy refers to building a moderately prosperous society, deepening reform, advancing law-based governance and strengthening Party self-governance.
Strict Party Goverance
The meeting reviewed a report on the implementation of the eight-point frugality code by the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee since the code was introduced in 2012 and the political bureau's role in leading the Party to improve work styles.
It said that the eight-point rule has played an important role in safeguarding the Party's authority and tightening the flesh and blood ties between the Party and the people.
The meeting also asked the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and leading officials at all levels to take the lead in overcoming formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance, saying that efforts should be made to address both symptoms and root causes of unwanted work styles.
The meeting also studied a draft work report by the 18th CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to be submitted to the upcoming 19th CPC National Congress.
It called for upholding and strengthening the leadership of the Party, promoting clean governance, and deepening the anti-corruption battle to pave way for achieving the two centennial goals and the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.
(Xinhua News Agency September 18, 2017)