19th Party Congress

Into a ‘new era’

At 19th Party Congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping unveils breakthrough theory to guide China’s future

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October 23-29, 2017

General Secretary Xi Jinping pledged on Oct 18 to usher in a new era in building socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Speaking at the opening session of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) 19th National Congress, Xi laid out his vision for an increasingly prosperous China as the country embarks on a journey to build a “great modern socialist country”.

“This is a new historic juncture in China’s development,” said Xi, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

It will be an era that sees China moving closer to center stage and making greater contributions to mankind, he added.

During the session, Xi unveiled Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, which analysts said is the most important improvement on the original theory raised over three decades ago.

The congress, whose opening on Oct 18 was attended by 2,338 Party delegates and specially invited delegates, is the country’s most important political meeting in five years.

The delegates will deliberate on and adopt an amendment to the Party’s Constitution, and they will also elect the Party’s 19th Central Committee and Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

General Secretary Xi Jinping and former and incumbent leaders of the Communist Party of China participate in the opening session of the 19th CPC National Congress in Beijing on Oct 18. Credit: Lan Hongguang / Xinhua

In the report, Xi outlined a two-step approach to build China into a great modern socialist country after the completion of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020.

China will make sure that socialist modernization is basically realized from 2020 to 2035. From 2035 to the mid-21st century, China will develop into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful, Xi said.

By then, China will have become a global leader in terms of composite national strength and international influence. Common prosperity for everyone will be basically achieved, Xi said.

Xi pointed out that the two-step approach is an important part of the new Thought, a long-term guide to action the Party must adhere to and develop.

In his report, Xi listed a 14-point basic policy that underpins the endeavors to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.

The principal contradiction facing Chinese society has evolved to be the one between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life, Xi said.

The needs to be met in order for the people to live a better life are increasingly broad, Xi said, and that not only have the people’s material and cultural needs grown, their demands are increasing for democracy, rule of law, fairness and justice, security and a better environment.

It is the first time that the definition of the principal contradiction set 36 years ago has been changed. The Sixth Plenary Session of the 11th CPC Central Committee held in 1981 said that the principal contradiction facing Chinese society was the one between “the ever-growing material and cultural needs of the people and the backwardness of social production”.

The report drew up a road map to develop a modernized economy and socialist democracy, build stronger cultural confidence and improve the people’s well-being.

“We must regard as our goal the people’s aspirations to live a better life,” Xi said.

Having gained overwhelming momentum in its fight against corruption, the Party is determined to secure a “sweeping victory” over “the greatest threat” to the Party, he said.

According to Xi’s report, China will set up a central leading group for advancing law-based governance in all areas, which is aimed at exercising unified leadership over the initiative to build the rule of law in China.

Xi pledged that China will significantly ease market access, further open service sectors and protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors.

The CPC will take effective measures to prevent the loss of State assets, and ensure State assets “maintain and increase” their value, Xi said, while calling for furthering reform of State-owned enterprises.

Stressing it is imperative that China develop a modernized economy, Xi described supply-side structural reform as the main task, and urged more efforts for better quality, higher efficiency and more robust drivers of economic growth.

In his report, Xi reaffirmed China’s commitment to building a community with a shared future for mankind. “No matter what stage of development it reaches, China will never seek hegemony or engage in expansion,” he said.

Xi pledged that China will significantly ease market access, further open service sectors and protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors.

China’s socialist democracy is the broadest, most genuine and most effective democracy to safeguard the fundamental interests of the people, Xi said.

Li Zhongjie, former deputy director of the Party History Research Center of the CPC Central Committee, said Xi’s report has drawn an overall blueprint for the country’s development in the following decades.

Zhu Lijia, a professor of public administration at the Chinese Academy of Governance, said the report has set the new orientation for the country’s development, which “has historic significance”.

The Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era is an important improvement on the theory of socialism with Chinese characteristics, which was put forward in the early 1980s, he said, adding that the judgment is based on China’s domestic and international situation.

‘Ambitious’ goals strike the right chord Analysts laud Xi’s aim to alleviate poverty and transform China into global economic linchpin

October 23-29, 2017
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The vision outlined by General Secretary Xi Jinping on Oct 18 has been described by analysts as both “very ambitious” and “setting a very good tone” for the country’s direction.

The governance concepts, thoughts and strategies are at the heart of the approach to development that Xi, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, outlined in a speech to the opening session of the 19th National Congress of the CPC.

In his speech, Xi laid out a bold and inspirational vision for the future that would see China emerge as the linchpin of the global economy, a powerhouse of innovation and a wealthy nation by the middle of the century.

“I think it is very encouraging. It is very important. China is at a critical juncture, transforming from a middle-income country to a high-income country,” said Zhuang Juzhong, deputy chief economist and deputy director general of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department at the Asian Development Bank.

“China wants to become a rich country by 2050. This is a very ambitious goal. And (the speech) laid out the policy priorities on how to achieve that,” he said.

Delegates to the 19th CPC National Congress applaud the report delivered by General Secretary Xi Jinping on Oct 18. Credit: Xu Jingxing / China Daily

The wide-ranging policy priorities to realize that aim include, among others: Fostering innovation and productivity; focusing on supply-side reforms and developing a more efficient economy; working on issues of income inequality and regional inequality; and environmental protection.

“The speech was very good. Very comprehensive,” said Zhuang. “It is a very encouraging message that came out.”

“It likely set a very good tone for where they want to go,” said Christopher Balding, associate professor of politics and economics at Peking University’s HSBC Business School.

The speech built on many of the themes Xi has been working on for the past five years, said Balding, noting that “this was overarching, big-picture type stuff”.

The decisions made at the congress represented “the latest sinification of Marxism, as well as new governance concepts, thought and strategies proposed by the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at its core since the 18th CPC National Congress, as well as new experience in adhering to and strengthening Party leadership and in strict Party governance”, said congress spokesman Tuo Zhen during a press conference on Oct 17.

Achieving the many goals Xi set for the Party and the country will also see the completion of the grand project of eliminating poverty.

An important effort going forward will revolve around maintaining the momentum at a “pivotal stage for transforming our growth model, improving our economic structure, and fostering new drivers for growth”, said Xi.

“It is imperative that we develop a modernized economy.”

A week before the start of the congress, Xi called for all-out efforts to combat poverty.

Martin Roll, a global business strategist, said: “Xi Jinping’s speech was yet another signal to the world and its leaders that China aims to sit at the global leadership table toward 2050.

“China is still developing internally and externally, but China will continue to exercise increasing influence across strategic issues spanning business, world, politics and society,” Roll said.

In the five years since the last Party Congress that saw the beginning of Xi’s first five-year term in office, much has changed in the country.

When measured by purchasing power parity, China is now the largest economy in the world. GDP per capita of $8,123 in 2016 makes it a middle-income country.

Xi and the government will now work to maintain the momentum and keep the country on a path of growth, develop a moderately prosperous society and avoid the middle-income trap that has affected so many rising economies.

A week before the start of the congress, Xi called for all-out efforts to combat poverty. He added that this is “the toughest of all tough battles” and part of the process of building a moderately prosperous society.

He said helping people get out of poverty and pursuing happiness is the ultimate goal of the Party’s efforts to push development forward. And he repeated that call during his speech on Oct 18.

“We must ensure that by the year 2020, all rural residents living below the current poverty line are out of poverty, and that poverty is eliminated in all poor counties and regions. Poverty alleviation should reach those who truly need it and deliver genuine outcomes,” said Xi.

Xi has developed a four-pronged strategy to develop a moderately prosperous society, deepen reforms, advance the rule of law and strengthen governance.

A key focus of the congress over the past few days was how to best use Xi’s theories to ensure Chinese society continues to develop.

“The 19th National Congress set the leadership of China for the next five to 10 years, it also deepened the strategic layout of ‘building a moderately prosperous society, comprehensively deepening reform, rule of law and the Party discipline’,” said Wu Lianfeng, vice-president and chief research analyst of IDC China, an information technology consultancy.

China’s 19th Party Congress was an opportunity for the leadership to signal a shift in policy priorities toward structural reform and a more emphatic implementation of Xi’s agenda, according to Andrew Fennell, sovereigns director at Fitch Ratings.

The importance that China’s new leadership, led by Xi, places on both alleviating poverty and building a prosperous society has been on display for some time.

Chua Han Teng, head of Asia Country Risk at BMI Research, expects the Belt and Road Initiative to remain a key focus of policy and an important catalyst for development.d

Speaking ahead of the congress on Oct 9 during the 2017 Global Poverty Reduction and Development Forum in Beijing, Vice-Premier Wang Yang noted that the country has made significant efforts in this regard.

“Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party, China has been able to reduce poverty by more than 10 million people each year, showing new and important characteristics of the times,” said Wang.

“As the core of the Party’s leadership, General Secretary Xi … has had unforgettable experiences of poverty. He has a strong sense of mission and political action, he has a hands-on approach to poverty reduction, which showed his extraordinary leadership.”

For both people and business, the decisions made during the congress will have a significant and durable impact. For some sectors, such as information technology and environmental technology, the future looks particularly bright.

“China in its post 19th-CPC era will witness a continuous and deeper application of the nation’s five development concepts, which revolved around innovation, coordinated development, green development, opening up, and inclusive development, all of which formed the fundamental development and reform ideology in China’s ongoing 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020). The new era will also feature accelerated digital transformation across the board to sustain China’s economic growth,” said IDC China managing director, Kitty Fok.

Other business sectors are also poised to continue to benefit from the development prospects enshrined in the ideas put forth during the congress.

“China could open up the mining, manufacturing and the financial sectors over the coming years, even though there will continue to be hurdles across various markets,” said Chua Han Teng, head of Asia Country Risk at BMI Research.

“Additionally, we believe that the Chinese government will only open up these markets in a way that is consistent with the guideline released on Jan 17, 2017, which means that the pace of market liberalization will be measured to ensure that risks are manageable,” Chua said.

Chua expects that the Belt and Road Initiative — which seeks to improve infrastructure and connectivity across the ancient Silk Road routes — will continue to remain a key focus of policy and an important catalyst for development.

Xi urges all to strive for progress Party and nation told to study and spread new judgment, requirements

October 23-29, 2017

General Secretary Xi Jinping called on the whole Party and country on Oct 19 to make joint efforts to achieve progress in Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.

Xi made the remark during a panel discussion with delegates from Guizhou province at the ongoing 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. In April, Xi was elected to be a delegate to the 19th National Congress from Guizhou. Mountainous Guizhou is typical of places that have implemented Xi’s thoughts on poverty reduction.

The report of the 19th National Congress is a political manifesto and also action guideline for the CPC to lead people across the country to adhere to and develop Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, Xi said.

Xi urged the whole Party to study the new judgment of socialism with Chinese characteristics in this new time, the new definition of the country’s principal contradiction, the new two-stage plan to make China a “great modern socialist country”, and the new requirements of strictly building the Party.

General Secretary Xi Jinping is given a panoramic photograph of the village of Huamao in Zunyi by the village’s Party chief. Xi received it during a panel discussion with delegates from Guizhou province on Oct 19 at the ongoing 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. Credit: Lan Hongguang / Xinhua

According to the report delivered by Xi at the opening session on Wednesday, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era. The report also said that the country’s principal contradiction has evolved to be the one between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life.

In the report, Xi said that the CPC will basically realize socialist modernization in the first stage from 2020 to 2035 before developing China into a “great modern socialist country” that is “prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful” after another 15 years.

The whole Party should launch a massive campaign to study the spirit of the 19th National Congress and publicize the relevant thoughts at government departments, rural places, schools, communities and the military, Xi said.

Xi spoke highly of Guizhou’s achievements in areas like poverty reduction, ecological protection, infrastructure construction and anti-corruption in the past five years.

During the discussion, Xi spoke at length with nine delegates and paid attention to issues like the new rule on farmland contracts, development of rural tourism and medical insurance in rural villages.

“If the base is not stable, the earth will move and the mountain will rock,” he said while highlighting the importance of building Party organizations at grassroots level.

Noting that poverty reduction is the “battlefield” in current circumstances, Xi pledged to promote officials who have dedicated themselves to poverty reduction and contributed to betterment of conditions for the poor.

Yang Bo, a village official in Liupanshui, said that after talking with Xi, he has become more confident about leading villagers to get out of poverty.

Sun Zhigang, secretary of the CPC Guizhou provincial committee, said that Xi’s report has rolled out a visionary blueprint for the Party and country’s development and improvement in the next decades.

“We are deeply inspired by General Secretary Xi’s report,” he said, adding that the report could give the people “the strength of belief”.

Shen Yiqin, Guizhou province governor, said “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” is the biggest highlight of the 19th National Congress and a historic contribution to the Party’s development.

“General Secretary Xi has assumed the great responsibility of fighting corruption with admirable courage, and such efforts have saved the Party, the military as well as the country,” she said.

Achieving GDP goal easier with strong Q3

October 23-29, 2017

China achieved solid year-on-year GDP growth of 6.9 percent in the first three quarters, putting it in a position to comfortably achieve its whole-year target of around 6.5 percent.

Analysts said the solid growth trend is expected to be carried into the fourth quarter.

Growth was 6.8 percent in the third quarter, compared with 6.9 percent in both first and second quarters, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. China has kept its growth within the 6.7 to 6.9 percent range for nine consecutive quarters.

“The resilience of (China’s economic) development has significantly improved,” said NBS spokesman Xing Zhihong on Oct 19.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, said on Oct 18 during the Party’s 19th National Congress that China has been transitioning to “a stage of high-quality development”.

China’s industrial output grew at 6.7 percent in the first three quarters, up from 6 percent a year ago. Retail sales growth was 10.4 percent in the January-September period, unchanged from a year ago, while fixed-asset investment growth eased to 7.5 per-cent, down from 8.2 percent in the same period last year.

Xing said China has also made progress in advancing its supply-side structural reform, with corporate debt levels and costs, for example, reduced year-on-year in the first three quarters.

The quality of growth has significantly improved, with residential income and corporate profits both registering higher year-on-year growth, Xing said.

China has attached more importance to the quality of growth in recent years. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said on Oct 18 during the Party’s 19th National Congress that the country “has been transitioning from a phase of rapid growth to a stage of high-quality development”.

It’s likely that growth remain stable in the fourth quarter, said Lian Ping, chief economist of Bank of Communications. “The property market and consumption will help stabilize growth in the fourth quarter.”

Real estate development growth reached 8.1 percent in the first three quarters, 2.3 percentage points higher than a year ago. Consumption traditionally is robust in the fourth quarter.

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Leading Group targets deeper reform Focus on resolving problems paves the way for greater development

October 23-29, 2017


The Central Leading Group for Deepening Overall Reform, which turns 4 in December, has built an effective framework to tackle deep-seated problems and clear the way for greater development of China.

Headed by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the group was established on Dec 30, 2013. Since then it has convened 38 meetings and approved more than 300 documents to achieve remarkable progress, observers said.

The group’s efforts have boosted global confidence in China’s lasting, robust growth as it works toward coordinating various departments, removing institutional barriers, reinforcing policy implementation and the Party’s supervision over the reform process, experts and diplomats said.

China Daily surveyed the frequency of certain words and phrases in official releases of the Leading Group’s 38 meetings. The word “reform” was used most often, mentioned more than 1,400 times. “Piloting”, “supervision”, “innovation” and “responsibility” were also among the top words used.

The Leading Group, aimed at fixing loopholes and tapping greater potential for development, has six affiliated groups working on different areas — the economy and ecology; democracy and the legal system; culture; social areas; building up the Party; and discipline and inspection.

The group’s first meeting convened in January 2014. Xi has chaired each of its meetings and has made important remarks, official releases show.

The meetings are attended by various figures necessary to implement reforms, such as members of the Leading Group and key officials of relevant Party and State departments, the releases said.

The Party’s spearheading reforms have attracted global attention as the world closely watches its potential influence on China’s opening-up.

The group schedule is packed at each meeting, with members attending briefings presented by officials involved in specific tasks. It also analyzes and researches subjects at hand, reviews or approves documents and authorizes pilot projects.

A wide spectrum of issues is addressed at each gathering. The most recent meeting on Aug 29 reviewed and approved six documents, ranging from agriculture-related funds, compensation for damage to ecology, supervision in village affairs to judicial system buildup.

Many landmark policies introduced by the group have brought greater convenience to the everyday lives of the people.

A guideline was approved at the group’s 11th meeting, in April 2015, on piloting comprehensive reform at urban public hospitals. A pilot program at county-level hospitals was quickly initiated in October of that year.

Han Baojiang, director of the economics department of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, noted that the Leading Group “takes action like thunder” to cover areas that directly shape the public good, such as medical services, elderly care, food safety and the environment.

Reforms undertaken in recent years have addressed harder, deeper issues as more manageable ones were tackled before, and “the scope and depth of the reforms are unprecedented”, Han noted.

The reform measures have won public support as they boost equality and allow the fruits of development to be better enjoyed by the public, Han said.

The Party’s spearheading reforms have attracted global attention as the world closely watches its potential influence on China’s opening-up.

Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov said he tries to “follow Chinese newspapers, articles about economic reform”, and the Leading Group is “effective” as it offers a “very important agenda”.

The Leading Group’s influence on reform and its guiding role can be seen by a recent comment made by Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu on Sept 29.

Eighteen of the past 38 Leading Group meetings touched on reforms in rural areas, reviewed 24 reform plans regarding agriculture, issued key documents covering topics like property rights, and have established pillars supporting agricultural reforms, the minister said at a media briefing in Beijing.

Rwandan Ambassador to China Charles Kayonga said “the speed” of the implementation is impressive as policymakers resolve issues through the Leading Group.

The agenda of all the meetings, taken as a whole, shows long-term vision and a strong sense of priorities.

Analysts observed that annual tasks were laid out at the first meeting of each year, and a review of what was achieved was made at the year-end meeting.

Also, the first meeting of the year convened right after each year’s plenary session of the CPC Central Committee elaborated on how to effectively carry out the latest reform measures decided by the session.

Zhu Lijia, a professor of public management at the Chinese Academy of Governance, said the group’s implementation and supervision of reforms have been a major highlight, as “great ideas could be an empty slogan forever without effective implementation”. Behind such efforts is China’s strengthened awareness of the rule of law, which “allows the reform to develop in a constant, regulated and healthy manner”.

Zhu noted that the Leading Group introduced its working rules and priorities for its annual missions at its first two meetings before it embarked on specific tasks, showcasing a strong sense of priorities and rule-based governance.

When chairing the 31st meeting on Dec 30, Xi summarized that a slew of major reform solutions were issued and realized in the past three years, major breakthroughs were made in reform measures on a range of key areas and sections, and the overall framework for deepening reform was “basically established”.

Rwandan Ambassador to China Charles Kayonga said “the speed” of the implementation is impressive as policymakers resolve issues through the Leading Group. A great lesson for other countries is China’s “focus on the main objectives”, he added.

The diplomat highlighted the Party’s progress in eradicating poverty and combating corruption.

The leadership is “focused on resolving problems” as it achieves “mobilizing all national resources” to solve these challenges and it is also cooperating with the rest of the world, Kayonga said.

Looking to the next five years, Li Tuo, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance, said although upcoming reform measures have yet to be unveiled in detail, restructuring the economy will be more advanced as China has benefited from this already.

Multinationals embrace Party membership Foreign firms encourage staff to join CPC to gain better insight into government policies

October 23-29, 2017

Multinational companies in China are attaching greater importance to the Party-building process because a deeper understanding of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) latest policies can facilitate sustained growth in the domestic market.

West Nanjing Road subdistrict in central Shanghai, which is home to a large number of regional headquarters of leading multinationals, has witnessed the development of Party organizations.

According to Jiang Chunhai, deputy secretary of the Party working committee in the subdistrict, the committee is responsible for the operation of 93 Party organizations in multinational companies, including eight general branches, 51 independent branches and 34 united branches.

In total, these Party organizations oversee 1,587 Party members in 289 multinational companies.

The China headquarters of Mary Kay, a direct-sales cosmetics retailer from the United States, are in the subdistrict, and the company is one of the best examples of significant progress in Party building.

The Party group at Mary Kay, a direct-sales cosmetics retailer from the United States, holds a meeting to welcome new Party members at the company’s headquarters in Shanghai. Photos provided to China Daily

Since the Party-building project began in 2007, the number of Party members working for Mary Kay in China has risen to 111 from just six.

There are 58 members in the Shanghai headquarters and 53 at a branch in Hangzhou, capital of East China’s Zhejiang province, accounting for 10 percent of the employees at the branch.

“Go Give, which is the core value of Mary Kay, accords with the Party’s values — to give without requesting anything in return. That was how I convinced my boss to set up a Party branch in Mary Kay,” said An Congzhen, secretary of the company’s Party group.

That core value has seen Party members carry out a number of Party-building activities to aid underprivileged people, including providing classes for students in rural areas, looking after seniors in local nursing homes and organizing charitable activities in local communities, according to An.

In the decade since Party building began at the company, many measures have been adopted to facilitate related activities.

When the Party branch was established at Mary Kay in 2007, the six CPC members held meetings in a corridor to exchange their opinions about the latest government regulations and policies.

However, the company set up a 100-square-meter activity room earlier this year, partly as a result of the rising number of Party members it employs. The company also allows members to hold Party-building activities during breaks at work.

“Our employees are always under quite a heavy workload. We have to make the best of their time, for example during the lunch break, to hold Party-building activities,” An said.

“One of the latest activities is the study of the theoretical and practical issues related to Party building, which has received a positive response from our Party members,” he added.

Feng Yu, 38, a product quality manager at the company, said the Party-building activities advocate many virtues and also provide a platform for each member to understand and realize their life values.

“Each of us works to a tight schedule, but we are always willing to take part in the activities, most of which are held in our spare time, because they are helpful to our careers and personal lives,” he said.

However, it was not easy to make Party building a feature of Mary Kay’s operations.

In 2010, the Party branch at Mary Kay worked with the human resources department to keep records of the number of Party members and asked each of them to place a red sign on their desk to indicate their membership of the Party, in the hope that they would become role models in the company.

“The sign also shows the Party members’ willingness to be supervised,” An said.

Individual members understand their role in the company and are looking to make rapid progress in their careers. At present, 72 percent of the Party members at Mary Kay work at the executive level as directors, managers and supervisors.

Party members at Mary Kay celebrate sixth place in an orienteering event in Shanghai. Party members look to make rapid career progress.

More important, the Party-building activities have helped the company to attain sound fiscal results.

“Our Party branch regularly invites professors from colleges and universities to explain the reports of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. The entire management team attends these lectures to help gain in-depth understanding of China and the latest policies,” An said.

“A good understanding will help the management team to make the right decisions and therefore raise the company’s profits,” he added.

In 2003, the Japanese air-conditioning manufacturer Daikin established a Party branch at its office in the West Nanjing Road subdistrict.

So far, 77 Party members have joined the branch, with one-third of them working in executive roles.

Zheng Jingjing, secretary of the Party branch at Daikin, said Party-building activities have become a good way of promoting the company’s name.

On March 5, Learn from Lei Feng Day — a day set aside to honor the spirit of helping others — the company’s Party members went to a neighboring community and taught the residents how to use their air conditioners more efficiently.

“In addition to bonding our employees via such activities, the company’s name will be better known in the community,” Zheng said.

Mao Xinya, an associate professor at the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong, gives lectures to the Party members at multinational companies in the West Nanjing Road subdistrict.

She said Party members pay close attention to the country’s latest strategies, which is important to the development of each individual and China in general.

For Mao, one of the most important things is to let younger Party members feel proud about China’s rapid development and to understand their responsibilities.

To that end, she has to seek some common ground between the companies’ development plans and government policies.

“The younger Party members will shoulder the development of the country. I have been greatly inspired by their passion for studying the latest policies and participating in Party building,” she said.

Jiang, the working committee deputy secretary, conceded that there are still some difficulties in organizing Party-building activities in multinational companies, including the relatively low numbers of Party members and inadequate support from their employers.

“Party members in multinational companies should become the internal driving force. They should play their roles in the companies and become the leading force in the promotion of Party-building activities,” he said.

He Qi in Shanghai contributed to this story.

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