The newly amended Communist Party of China (CPC) Constitution reflects the Party's major experimentation, theories and system achievements, according to a new article by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.
Xi's article, dated Nov. 16, 2012 and published on Monday, said the Constitution shows the CPC's achievements made during its promotion of the "great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the great new undertaking of Party building."
The amendment, adopted at last week's 18th CPC National Congress, enables the Constitution to "keep pace with the times," said Xi, also China's vice president.
The Constitution, a fundamental code of conduct for the whole Party, embodies the CPC's nature, purpose, theories, policies, guidelines and propositions. It also stipulates the Party's important system and mechanisms, basic requirements for Party officials and Party disciplines.
"Nothing can be accomplished without norms or standards," wrote Xi.
The CPC Constitution is the Party's "fundamental charter" and is a "general regulation" that must be followed by the whole Party, he added.
Xi urged in the article, efforts should be made to guide Party members and officials to consciously study, abide by, carry out and safeguard the CPC Constitution in all activities of CPC organizations at various levels, so as to strengthen the cultivation of Party spirit and boost members' awareness of the Party's missions and responsibilities.
Xi urges the Party to combat corruption and resist degeneration
By Yuan Yue, Sina English
The members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee gathered on Nov. 11 to study and exchange opinions on the spirit of the 18th national congress for the first time, in which Xi Jinping urged the Party to combat corruption and moral degeneration.
"As the world is watching the opening of this meeting of Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, we will start with better studying, understanding and implementing the spirit of the 18th CPC National Congress," said Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
In the meeting, Xi called for efforts to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics, as it is the theme of the report to the 18th CPC National Congress.
"We have to firmly adhere to this theme, and better study, understand and implement the spirit of the 18th national congress." Xi said.
The General Secretary also demands the Party, with a greater sense of urgency and responsibility, to improve the governance capacity, as well as to enhance the Party's capability to combat corruption and moral degeneration and stand risks.
Other six members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of 18th CPC Central Committee--Comrade Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli-- also talked about their understanding and implementation of the spirit of the 18th Party Congress in this meeting.
The 18th CPC National Congress further demonstrates to the world the firm position of the Party to hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and calls for every member in the Party and country to strive to build the moderately prosperous society, according to them.
Xi also stressed, "we have to continue our effort to seize and take advantage of this important period of strategic opportunities, observe the challenges calmly and deal with them properly, pay attention to development, which is the Party's top priority in governing and rejuvenating the country, and promote the development of every undertaking of our country in an all-round way."
"We have to insist on administering the Party with strict principles by supervising cadres first, increase the Party's capability of fighting corruption and guarding against degeneration." he added.