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Attach great importance to the construction of political culture within the party

Zhao Fan Comrade Xi Jinping emphasized at the Sixth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China that we should pay attention to strengthening the political and cultural construction within the party. This is a great new work to firmly promote comprehensive and strict governance of the party and promote party building under the new situation


Zhao Fan

Comrade Xi Jinping emphasized at the Sixth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China that we should pay attention to strengthening the political and cultural construction within the party. This is an inevitable requirement for firmly promoting comprehensive and strict governance of the party and promoting the new great project of party building under the new situation. The construction of political culture within the Party advocates and promotes values such as loyalty and honesty, brightness and magnanimity, fairness and integrity, seeking truth from facts, hard work, and integrity. It is the cultural foundation for adhering to the nature and purpose of the Party, implementing the Party Constitution and rules, and strengthening and standardizing political life within the Party. To promote comprehensive and strict governance of the Party, it is necessary to attach great importance to the construction of political culture within the Party, continuously cultivate the soil of a good political ecology, and strengthen the Party through the construction of political culture within the Party, in order to achieve ideological building, institutional governance, and cultural strengthening of the Party, which complement and complement each other.

Promoting the Construction of Political Culture within the Party to a New Level

The political culture within the party is a spiritual symbol that integrates into the bloodline of party members and cadres, reflecting the spiritual pursuit of party members and cadres. At present, our party has basically formed a relatively mature and well-established party building system. To better play the role of the Party's construction system in promoting comprehensive and strict governance of the Party, it is necessary to pay more attention to strengthening the political and cultural construction within the Party, and to play the supporting role of culture in the system. Strengthening the political and cultural construction within the Party is not only a profound summary of the historical experience of Party building, but also further points out the direction of efforts to promote the new great project of Party building.

The political culture within the party is a rich nourishment for the development and growth of our party. The CPC is nurtured by advanced culture and always represents the direction of China's advanced culture. This has determined that our party has always had an advanced internal political culture, and the innovative development of internal political culture has provided rich nourishment for the development and growth of the party. During the revolutionary period, our party advanced the construction of internal political culture through ideological construction, corrected various non proletarian ideologies within the party, tested and developed truth in practice, condensed the excellent genes of internal political culture, and led the people to achieve revolutionary victory. During the period of construction and reform, while attaching importance to ideological Party building, our Party managed the Party by system to further promote the political and cultural construction within the Party, so that our Party always maintains progressiveness and purity, and leads the people to constantly win new victories in the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

The political and cultural construction within the Party is a solid support for promoting the great cause. As the largest ruling party in the world, our Party must shoulder the historical responsibility of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and the Chinese Dream, and continuously promote the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics. It is necessary to closely unite the entire Party and the people of all ethnic groups in the country. This requires both the power of truth and the power of personality, and the political culture within the party is the concentrated embodiment of our party's power of truth and personality. For the construction of the Party, the political culture within the Party is undoubtedly a more fundamental, profound, and lasting force for strengthening and revitalizing the Party. Strengthening the political and cultural construction within the Party, ensuring that the Party always becomes the strong leadership core of the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics, will provide solid support for adhering to and developing the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

The construction of political culture within the Party is a strategic measure to promote the great project. Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, our party has persisted in cracking down on "tigers", swatting "flies", and hunting "foxes", opposing the "four styles" and changing the style of work. The positive atmosphere within the party has risen, the social atmosphere has risen, and new great projects in party building have continuously achieved new results. But it should also be noted that there are still some urgent problems to be solved in the current party building, and the existence of some problems is closely related to some vulgar political culture. In the new situation, in order to further build and strengthen our Party, we need to start from the deeper level of internal political culture, vigorously strengthen the construction of internal political culture, guide party members and cadres to correct their political thinking, strengthen political identity, promote the transformation of party building from "pollution control" to "source cleaning", move forward from addressing symptoms to addressing root causes, and expand from "key minority" to grassroots party members, so that the Party can withstand the "four major tests" Overcoming the "four dangers" and always becoming a strong and powerful leadership core.

The Construction of Political Culture within the Party Should Follow Its Own Path

Our party is a Marxist political party, and its nature and purpose determine that its internal political culture is inevitably different from other political parties. Our party is also a party with 88 million party members and has been in power for a long time in the largest developing country with a population of over 1.3 billion. The new Long March is full of difficulties and obstacles, and there are no precedents to follow. The party needs to deal with various risks and challenges. These all determine that our party's internal political and cultural construction must take its own path, reflecting not only the nature and purpose of Marxist political parties, but also Chinese characteristics, style, and style.  

Continuously innovate through inheritance. A culture without roots has no vitality. The excellent traditional Chinese culture nurtured in the development of over 5000 years of civilization, the revolutionary culture and socialist advanced culture nurtured in the great struggle between the Party and the people, are the root and foundation of the political culture within the Party. We must not lose it, as losing the political culture within the Party means losing its roots and soul. For example, from the first Party Constitution in 1922 to today's Party Constitution, which has undergone multiple revisions, loyalty and honesty have always been engraved on the Party Constitution, which is the political culture within our party. The political culture within the Party should be inherited, but it should also be recognized that culture is the superstructure. The political culture within the Party needs to adapt to the development of the country's economy and society, and continuously innovate in order to advance the great project of Party building. Especially, it should be noted that today China has become the world's second largest economy, transitioning from a "cold eye" to an active participation in global governance. The environment for the Party's governance is extremely complex, and the "four major dangers" and "four tests" are realistically before us. The construction of political culture within the Party can only develop and progress together with the Party's cause by adapting to the times and keeping pace with the times.

Don't forget to stick to it in openness. In the wave of social informatization, closed cultural forms are neither possible nor promising. The development of culture requires an open mindset, achieving inclusiveness and inclusiveness. The same applies to the construction of political culture within the party. However, in the process of opening up, we must never forget our roots or our perseverance. The key to sticking to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics in opening up is to have confidence in the path, theory, system, and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics. With these "four confidences", the political and cultural construction within the party can never forget its original intention. For the vast number of party members and cadres, adhering to the advanced political culture within the party is a comprehensive requirement, which should be viewed from all angles towards values such as loyalty and honesty, brightness and openness, fairness and integrity, seeking truth from facts, hard work, honesty and integrity, and not making choices, conditions, or discounts; It is a specific requirement that should be implemented in every word and action of daily work; It is a long-term requirement that cannot change one's spiritual character, regardless of wind or rain. It must be remembered, practiced, and maintained throughout one's life.

Strengthen self-awareness through confidence. Culture needs to be deeply rooted in people's hearts, not through the power of administration. Relying solely on administrative power can easily lead to situations where the land is wet after rain. Culture needs to deeply penetrate people's hearts, and the key is to persuade people to truly identify and confident in their hearts, thus forming ideological and behavioral consciousness. In the construction of political culture within the Party, it is necessary to ensure that the majority of Party members and cadres firmly establish their confidence in the Party's political culture, and then elevate cultural confidence to cultural consciousness, thereby continuously strengthening their faith. Only by consciously and firmly believing in themselves with confidence can party members and cadres achieve the goal of "cutting off heads is not important, as long as the principle is true" in times of war, and "letting the wind and waves rise, and sitting steadily on fishing boats" in times of peace. Consciousness in confidence usually goes through a repetitive process. For example, seeking truth from facts is the fundamental viewpoint of Marxism, the basic ideological method, working method, and leadership method of our party, the living soul of Mao Zedong Thought, and the essence of political culture within the party. However, during a period of time, we also deviated from the requirement of seeking truth from facts. It can be said that the values of loyalty and honesty, brightness and magnanimity, fairness and integrity, seeking truth from facts, hard work, and integrity are the essence of the political culture within our party formed in long-term practice. At present, Party members and cadres need to deeply study and implement the spirit of Comrade Xi Jinping's important speeches, the spirit of the Sixth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and further enhance their confidence and consciousness in the construction of political culture within the Party.

The fundamental task of strengthening the political and cultural construction within the Party is to cultivate people with culture

Cultural people are the fundamental purpose of cultural construction. Strengthening the construction of political culture within the Party should follow the general laws of political culture construction, and seek practical results through the use of cultural personnel. The organizational department should start from its own responsibilities and functions, seize the "key minority" of leading cadres, and cultivate an advanced political culture within the party that cultivates, selects, and manages personnel.

Using education to shape the political culture within the party. Education is an important way to shape the political culture within the party and achieve the goal of cultivating people with culture. We should focus on true understanding and trust, continuously innovate the carriers, forms, methods, and means of political and cultural education within the Party, and continuously enhance the influence and penetration of political and cultural education within the Party. For example, ritual education can be strengthened, not only by taking the oath in front of the party flag as the first step to join the party, but also as an important ceremony for recognizing and rewarding, criticizing and helping, and holding positions within the party. Give full play to the role of the market in resource allocation, guide social capital through the cultural market, exert force on the cultural supply side, and generate excellent political and cultural education works with ideas and voices, and build useful and attractive political and cultural education positions. Pay attention to the role of internal party regulations in political and cultural construction, educate and regulate the behavior of party members and cadres through internal party regulations, inherit and develop internal party political culture through internal party regulations. Make good use of the educational function of new media, while strengthening management and being good at dialogue, to prevent the weakening and dilution of political culture within the party on new media.

Guide the political culture within the party with guidance. Cultural people need to establish correct guidance. The orientation of personnel selection and appointment plays a "vane" role in the construction of political culture within the Party. What kind of orientation of personnel selection and appointment will lead to what kind of cadre style and political culture within the Party. At present, in the critical period of leadership transition, it is even more important to guide the correct selection and appointment of personnel towards a positive atmosphere, and to guide political and cultural construction with a good atmosphere. The selection and appointment of personnel should highlight political values, integrate values such as loyalty and honesty, brightness and openness, fairness and integrity, seeking truth from facts, hard work, and integrity into the standards of cadres, and strive to establish a banner and benchmark for selecting a cadre. We must be highly vigilant and stand firm in resisting and opposing vulgar and decadent political cultures such as relational studies, thick black studies, officialdom, and "hidden rules", strictly prevent "promotion due to illness", and strive to prevent cadres who have been contaminated with bad habits in the officialdom from being reused, in order to prevent reverse selection of cadres. The organizational department should vigorously promote a culture of fairness and integrity in organizational work, with fairness and integrity as the core concept and requirement. It should treat cadres fairly, evaluate cadres fairly, and use cadres fairly, so as to ensure that the selected cadre organization is at ease, the masses are satisfied, and the cadres are convinced.

Strictly manage and purify the political culture within the party. To build a political culture within the Party and achieve the goal of cultivating people through culture, it is necessary to promote purity, uphold righteousness and eliminate evil, and continuously purify the political culture within the Party. This requires adhering to genuine management and strict discipline, resolutely resisting and eliminating the vulgar and corrupt political culture within the party. We should pay close attention to the problems that have been identified during team building, inspections, audits, and special inspections. We should provide reminders, interviews, and accountability for the issues that need to be addressed. By grasping and regularly grasping the habits, we can create a political and cultural construction atmosphere of conscious management and strict governance. Pay close attention to prevention, regularly have heart-to-heart conversations with cadres, understand the true situation of their thoughts, work, style, and life, timely bite their ears and pull their sleeves, so that party members and cadres can keep written discipline and unwritten rules in mind, and act according to their true colors and roles. We must firmly adhere to our responsibilities and keep an eye on the implementation of the main responsibilities of the Party committee (Party group) and the supervisory responsibilities of the responsible leaders, so that managers can shoulder their responsibilities and achieve awareness, diligence, and responsibility, continuously promoting the construction of political culture within the Party.

(Author's unit: Central Organization Department)

People's Daily (November 23, 2016, 07 edition)

 

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