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The CPC’s Experience in Reinforcing Self-building

Ma Xinmin Chinese Ambassador to Sudan

As an old Chinese saying goes, only in hard times can courage and perseverance is manifested, and only after polishing can a piece of jade be finer. The 100-year-old Communist Party of China (CPC) began to govern the country over 70 years ago. Starting from a new political party of 50-plus members who sparked the flame of the Chinese revolution on the Red Boat (where the first CPC congress concluded), the CPC has developed itself into the world’s largest political party with more than 91 million members, navigating the country, like a great ship braving winds and waves, to the shore of national rejuvenation. Why is the CPC able to grow bigger and stronger? One of the reasons for its success is its high attention and a firm commitment to reinforcing Party building in various aspects.

The CPC prioritizes the effort to reinforce its political foundations. Attaching high importance to the political building of the Party makes upholding the authority and centralized, unified leadership of the CPC Central Committee its prime task. In particular, since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has emphasized a clear political stance at a new height. It points out that the ideals and convictions of Party members are the marrow of their spirit, and demands that all Party officials remain politically discerning. It has strictly enforced political discipline and rules and carried out political activities within the Party in earnest. Through a series of important institutional arrangements, the Party ensures that all Party members consciously keep in alignment with the central committee and are resolved to uphold the initiatives proposed by the Party, implement the decisions made by the Party and refuse to do anything that is banned by the Party. With these institutional arrangements, the Party has made significant historical achievements in its political building. Strengthening the political building of the Party has been an unchanged theme on the Party’s journey over the past 100 years. It has a decisive impact on the direction and results of Party building and ensures that the CPC remains a Marxist political party in essence.

Strengthening ideological work is a distinctive characteristic and glorious tradition of the CPC. One of the important advantages enjoyed by the CPC is to uphold and develop a package of practical theories that keep abreast of the times. Since its inception, the Party has continued to highly value being well-grounded in both thinking and theory, and always used scientific theories to empower Party officials. Founded on Marxism and Leninism as the guiding ideology, the Party adopts the basic tenets of Marxism to China’s specific realities, in a bid to adapt Marxism to the Chinese context. Over the past hundred years, the CPC has continued to emancipate its mind and seek truth from facts.

It developed Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory, formed the Theory of Three Represents and the Scientific Outlook on Development, and gave shape to Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. These theories have provided effective guidance for China’s revolution, construction, reform, and development and ideologically guaranteed that the cause of the Party and the country always moves forward in the right direction.

Consolidating its organizations is the source of political strength and power of the CPC. With the focus on various central tasks in different times in history, the CPC continues to improve its organizational structure and to exploit the advantages of organizations, thus ensuring that whatever stage the cause of the Party is in, the organizational structure will be improved accordingly and the Party organizations and members will play their part in advancing the cause.

The CPC has established a complete organizational hierarchy consisting of organizations at the central, local, and primary levels. Among them are over 3,200 local party committees, 145,000 leading Party members groups and work committees, and more than 4.86 million primary-level Party organizations. As the pivot of the hierarchy, the central committee has the authority to make the ultimate decisions.

For local Party organizations, their fundamental task is to ensure effective implementation of decisions and arrangements made by the central committee. Primary-level Party organizations are in the last mile

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