Consolidating a crackdown on corruption tops the agenda at a four-day meeting of China’s leaders that opened on Monday. The sixth plenum of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) current Central Committee is concerned with revising documents on intra-Party supervision and solidifying the political foundations of strict Party governance, according to official statements.
A sweeping campaign against official corruption and profligacy was launched at the 18th CPC National Congress in late 2012, when the CPC leaders pledged to be stricter in their rule of the Party. Central in the campaign has been a code of conduct issued at that meeting known as the “eight-point” guidelines.
Over the past four years, around 140,000 officials have been punished for violating the eight-point guidelines.
President Xi Jinping, along with other members of the Politburo Standing Committee, has led by example in following the code of conduct. Since the National Congress in 2012, Xi has conducted dozens of inspection tours across China, covering more than 20 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions.
During these visits, he has chatted with ordinary members of the public to try to understand their lives, including in terms of employment, education, medical care, housing and social insurance.
“One of the main reasons the Party’s work style has improved remarkably since the 18th CPC National Congress is that we started the reform right from the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau,” said Xie Chuntao, a professor with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.
Adapted from CCTVNews