More than 32,000 non-Communist Party members are holding government positions
at or above county chief-level, or its equivalent in higher administrations,
according to a recent report.
The report, published by the Central Party School in Beijing, described how
the Communist Party of China (CPC) picked promising candidates for government
office from outside its own ranks and groomed them.
It noted the CPC Department of United Front had formulated a complete scheme
for selecting, training and appointing non-CPC members to important government
currently 170,000 non-CPC deputies serving on People's Congresses at all levels
throughout the country and over 330,000 in the local and national halls of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
As for government officials, 19 of the central government's ministerial
positions are now held by non-CPC members, while three non-CPC members have been
appointed deans of universities where the deans and CPC secretaries are
appointed by the central government rather than local governments.
Progress in promoting more non-CPC members to government positions at or
above county chief-level than ever before was attributed to a series of
directives and suggestions from the CPC Central Committee in recent years
requiring local governments and their CPC committees to tap human resources
outside their comfort zones, the report said.
The most important document in this respect, the report said, is a directive
issued in 2005, which makes it clear that "putting State and government offices
in the hands of non-CPC members and non-politically affiliated people is an
important part of efforts by the CPC to fortify its leadership in a multi-party
This key decision required all local governments at or above county level to
place non-CPC members and non-politically affiliated people in the top jobs even
mayor, if a qualified candidate was available.
And it did not leave out higher levels of government, including the State
Council. The directive demands that the country's highest administrative branch
pay particular attention to appointing non-CPC members and non-politically
affiliated candidates to ministerial positions or their equivalents with bodies
such as state commissions and bureaus.
The CPC Central Committee suggested specific measures to local governments
for implementing the personnel "outsourcing" scheme through the directive and
updates. For example, it told authorities at all levels of government to make it
a permanent task with a workable process.
(China Daily 01/13/2007 page2)