The Second Plenum of the 12th CPC Central Committee
A 13,000-word decision on Party consolidation was adopted by the Second Plenary Session of the 12th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China which took place in Beijing between October 11 and 12. A preparatory meeting was held prior to the two-day session.
A communique on the session issued on October 12 said that the decision on Party consolidation is in the spirit of the 12th CPC National Congress. It provides the fundamental principles, tasks, and policies and the basic methods for Party consolidation. The plenary session held that the decision would ensure that Party consolidation was conducted smoothly and correctly.
A central commission to ensure day-to-day leadership in guiding Party consolidation was elected, with Hu Yaobang as the chairman. The main tasks of the commission include keeping abreast of the situation, firmly grasping the Party's policies, supervising and checking up on work, giving guidance and doing publicity work.
Presiding over the plenary session of the Central Committee were Hu Yaobang, Ye Jianying, Deng Xiaoping, Zhao Ziyang, Li Xiannian and Chen Yun, Members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
Deng Xiaoping and Chen Yun made important speeches on Party consolidation at the session. Deng Xiaoping raised the question of improving ideological work. The session decided to hold a meeting this winter or next spring to discuss the question and take decisions.
"The session is convinced," the communique said, "that by relying on the joint efforts of Party organizations at various levels and all Party members, we shall fulfil the great tasks of the current Party consolidation, achieve a fundamental turn for the better in the Party's style of work and advance the creation of China's socialist material and spiritual civilization."
The session was attended by 201 Members and 136 Alternate Members of the CPC Central Committee, 150 Members of the Central Advisory Commission, 124 Members of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and 11 leading members of the central organs and local Party committees as observers.
(NO. 42 OCTOBER 17, 1983, title: "CPC Central Committee Holds Plenary Session")