The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has issued a new resolution on history. It criticized corruption, individualism and the cult of money that appeared in its ranks within 40 years of entering the path of economic reforms. According to the document published on Tuesday, the party’s leadership is calling for tighter discipline.
According to analysts, the resolution passed last week by the party’s Central Committee additionally strengthens the dominance of the CCP Secretary General Xi Jinping, who, according to experts, intends to break with the tradition adopted in recent decades and remain in power after the end of the second five-year term.
The Resolution on “Great Achievements and Historical Experience of 100 Years of Enterprises” is the third such document in the history of the Chinese Communist Party. The previous two were adopted in 1945 under the leadership of Mao Zedong and in 1981 under Deng Xiaoping.
Resolution of the Communist Party of China
The new resolution covers China’s history from the “humiliation” of the late Qing dynasty to the present day and Xi’s plan to achieve the “great revival of the Chinese nation”. The document has repeatedly stressed that the CCP is the driving force behind China’s development and progress.
The resolution proclaims the continuation of Deng’s policy of “reform and opening up”, but underlines that after its introduction, “erroneous thinking tendencies such as the cult of money, hedonism, extreme individualism and historical nihilism” appeared in the party ranks. Due to shortcomings in the management of the party, there were also corruption and cronyism, it was written.
The answer to these problems is to tighten supervision within the party, strengthen ideological discipline and increase “cultural self-confidence”. Since Xi has ruled the country, many long-term problems have already been resolved, the CCP said in the document.
The “great revival” of Xi Jinping’s time
In the late 1970s, Deng began free-market reforms that lifted China from poverty into the world’s second-largest economy over the next 40 years. A historical resolution under his rule negatively assessed the Cultural Revolution and emphasized “collective leadership”, which experts said was supposed to protect the country from the return of dictatorship and chaos.
However, the latest resolution no longer emphasizes “collective leadership”, and experts say Xi has concentrated power in his hands on a scale unheard of since Mao, notes the Reuters agency.
Xi promotes the vision of the “great revival of the Chinese nation”, which envisages China achieving the status of a rich and powerful socialist power. In order to achieve this goal, the resolution stressed that “a solution to Taiwan and the achievement of full reunification of China” is also essential. In the first years of his rule, Xi launched a massive anti-corruption campaign punishing more than a million officials, ranging from low-level personnel to his potential political rivals in the party’s top leadership.
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