Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, presided over a group study session of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on June 29 in Beijing. He emphasized better implementation of the CPC's organizational line in the new era to make the Party still stronger. Edited excerpts of Xi’s speeches on strengthening the Party since 2014 follow:
Organizational building is an important foundation for strengthening the Party.
We should unswervingly uphold and improve Party leadership and continue advancing the great new project of strengthening the Party.
The fundamental goal of the Party's organizational building is to uphold and strengthen overall Party leadership and provide a strong guarantee for advancing socialism with Chinese characteristics.
In selecting officials and deploying talent, both virtues and competence are important criteria.
-Excerpts from Xi’s speech at a group study session of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on June 29, 2020 in Beijing
Staying true to our original aspiration and founding mission, identifying areas of improvement, and enforcing implementation.
There is no use in reading 10,000 books if we cannot even put one of their words into practice.
-Excerpts from Xi’s speech at the conference on the Aspiration and Mission Education Campaign on May 31, 2019
The great struggle, great project, great cause and great dream, the great project of strengthening the Party itself plays the decisive role.
-Excerpts from Xi’s speech at the CPC’s national conference on organizational work on July 3, 2018
The Party draws its strength from its organization and is constantly invigorated by it. In order to reinforce the Party’s organizational discipline, we must enhance our Party spirit.
-Excerpts from Xi’s speech at the Third Plenary Session of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the 18th CPC Central Committee on January 14, 2014
Tom Watkins, Advisor to the Michigan-China Innovation Center in the United States
When an organization or state fails, it is the leadership, or lack thereof, that is the root cause. Leadership and accountability must begin at the top.
Sources: Xi Jinping: The Governance of China (I&III), Xinhua News Agency and Beijing Review