China’s Xi Stresses Importance of Democratic Centralism to Top Leadership

(Xinhua News Agency, Dec. 27, 2016. Complete text:) Beijing - Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has stressed the importance of adhering to democratic centralism.

The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee must continue to stick firmly to democratic centralism, Xi told a meeting of the Political Bureau held on Monday [Dec. 26] and Tuesday, during which members discussed measures to improve intra-Party political life and supervision.

Xi praised the Political Bureau in sticking to democratic centralism in the past, saying it has expanded democracy in many ways, and has advanced a scientific, democratic and legal decision-making process.

He urged the Political Bureau to integrate centralization on a democratic basis.

"Everyone present here is a member of this leadership and should put yourselves in a correct position," Xi told the Political Bureau members." No matter what position and how powerful a post one is serving, everyone should implement collectively-made decisions."

"No matter what kind of decision one is making and what one is doing, it must be done in accordance with the need of the overall situation," Xi added.

Stating that strict discipline is an important guarantee for a centralized and unified Party, Xi urged every Party member to respect the Party’s political discipline and rules and strictly abide by them, stressing that the Political Bureau members should be the first to do so.

Political Bureau members should "stay especially sober and be especially firm in stances" on theory, policy and major matters of principle, he said.

Stressing the importance of loyalty to the CPC, Xi said such loyalty should be pure and unconditional, and must be shown by being loyal to the Party’s belief, organizations, theories, and policies.

The people’s interests should be both the fundamental aim and outcome of all the ...

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