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Constitution of Party will be amended

By HU YONGQI | China Daily | Updated: 2017-09-19 03:20

Draft bases changes on new conditions and missions to add strength, vigor

The Communist Party of China is expected to amend its constitution at the upcoming 19th CPC National Congress next month by adding key theoretical viewpoints and strategic thoughts.

The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee deliberated and produced a draft amendment to the constitution at a meeting on Monday presided over by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

Appropriately amending the constitution at the National Congress based on new conditions and missions promotes the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics and Party building, according to a statement released after the meeting.

The statement said the amendments should include the key theories and strategic thoughts presented by a work report to be delivered at the National Congress.

The amended constitution should fully embody the latest Sinicization of Marxism, the new governance concepts and thoughts and strategies of the CPC Central Committee since the 18th CPC National Congress, as well as the fresh experiences in adhering to and strengthening Party leadership, and in strict Party governance, according to the statement. The amendment should make the Party more vigorous and stronger, and enable it to keep a close connection with the people, it said.

The draft amendment will be submitted to the seventh plenary meeting of the 18th CPC Central Committee, which will be held on Oct 11, a week ahead of the scheduled National Congress.

Theoretical amendments have a profound significance in leading the direction of the Party and society as a whole into the future, said Wu Hui, a professor at the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC. "In a detailed way, the constitution should be amended to strengthen discipline inspections, Party building and governance," he said.

Original thoughts developed by the Party since the 18th CPC National Congress, including strict Party governance and the supply-side structural reform, have strategic significance to form a system of thoughts, said Liu Chun, vice-president of the graduate school at the Party school.

Monday's meeting also discussed the work report presented by the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to the 19th CPC National Congress and reviewed a report on the implementation of the eight-point frugality code in the past five years.

Zhou Jin and Xinhua contributed to this story.

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