Party’s political culture ‘unhealthy’

CHINA’S anti-corruption watchdog says the Communist Party’s political culture remains “unhealthy” and its governance weak even after five years of renewed efforts to fight the problem.

Wang Qishan, head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said the anti-graft inspections that began when President Xi Jinping took office five years ago routinely encountered the same problems.

“All of the issues discovered during the inspections reflect the weakening of Party leadership, shortcomings in Party building and insufficient efforts to strictly enforce Party discipline,” Wang wrote in the People’s Daily.

“Party concepts are faint, organization is lax and discipline flabby. The root is in the Party’s internal political life being not serious and unhealthy,” he said. Exposing problems shows the Party’s confidence in facing them, he added.

“Putting out there the problems that objectively exist shows a high level of self-confidence and staunch focus, winning over the faith, trust and confidence of the people in the Party’s center,” he wrote, referring to the Party’s top leadership.

Wang said the fight against corruption would remain “a long process” and the biggest challenge for the Party’s long-term governance was a lack of effective supervision.

Stressing that trust cannot take the place of supervision, Wang said the Party aims to improve intra-Party supervision through inspections and exposing real problems. “The problems we are facing have been accumulated over a long period and therefore require a long period of time to solve,” he added.

Inspections will be further developed after the Party’s 19th National Congress later this year, Wang said. During the 12 rounds of inspections since the 18th National Congress in 2012, 277 Party organizations had been inspected, 16 provincial-level regions re-examined, and inspections of four institutions under the central authorities carried out.

The inspections also covered major state-owned enterprises, central financial institutions and major universities.

“Inspection is a political check-up, while re-examination is a political review that aims to extend and amplify deterrence,” Wang said.

Discipline inspection, as a “sword” of intra-Party supervision, is not a matter of expediency, but a systematic arrangement with a long-term vision, he said.

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