Ministerial Officials Crucial to State Governance

(Xinhua News Agency, Feb. 14, 2017. Complete text:) Beijing - A workshop gathering provincial and ministerial officials started on Monday [Feb. 13], as the country increasingly looks to "key minorities" role in promoting economic and social development.

At the opening session of the workshop on the Sixth Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, President Xi Jinping made a speech calling on leading officials to use their power "impartially, cautiously and legally."

"Leading officials should strengthen their political capability, firm their political ideals, uphold political direction, be steadfast in

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their stance and strictly observe political rules," said Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Such workshops date back to late last century and are now part of the CPC routine. In 1999, a financial seminar at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee was attended by provincial and ministerial officials.

Since then, workshops on major strategic plans have been held almost every year, with topics covering deepening reform, promoting rule of law and implementing decisions of plenary sessions of the CPC Central Committee.

This year’s workshop focused on and brought up requirements for "key minorities," which was first raised at a workshop in February 2015, referring to the small group of officials at provincial and ministerial level who have both big power and responsibilities.

The term has since been regularly brought up. Last month, senior CPC leader Liu Yunshan asked organization departments to practice strict intra-Party political life and strengthen intra-Party supervision, focus on "key minorities" and promote comprehensive and strict governance of the Party.

According to Xin Ming, a professor with the Party School, this group of officials is crucial to governing the country, as many are members of, or alternate members of the ...

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