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Communist Party of China to amend Party Constitution
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19:08, September 17, 2007

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The Communist Party of China (CPC) is going to amend the Party Constitution in its upcoming 17th national congress scheduled for Oct. 15, to "reflect" "the scientific concept of development" and other major theoretical developments, according to a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on Monday.

The Political Bureau decided to submit a draft amendment to the CPC Constitution to the 7th Plenum of the 16th CPC Central Committee for further discussion on Oct. 9, before it is tabled with the national congress.

The amendment should be made "under the guidance of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thoughts of 'Three Represents,' and to reflect the major strategic thoughts the CPC Central Committee has set forth since the 16th CPC national congress was held (in 2002), such as the scientific concept of development," said the meeting.

The political catch phrase was formally put forward by the 16th CPC Central Committee at its 3rd Plenum in October, 2003. It stresses people-centered development that is comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable.

It refers to coordinated development between urban and rural areas, among different regions, between economic and social development, between the development of man and nature, and between domestic development and opening up to the outside world.

The amendment to the Party constitution should also include important theoretic concepts, strategic thoughts and working arrangements which are to be established in the report made to the 17th CPC Congress, in a bid "to reflect the latest development of the localization of Marxism in China," according to the meeting.

The proposed amendment, which is in line with the changes and development of the Party's tasks and situation, will be beneficial for the whole Party to better study and abide by the Party Constitution and to further advance the building of socialism with Chinese characteristics and Party building, according to the meeting.

Monday's meeting, presided over by Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, also discussed a draft report to the 17th CPC national congress, and decided to table it with the 7th Plenum of the 16th CPC Central Committee for further review.

All the Party members are required to stick to the policies of reform and opening up, advance scientific development, promote social harmony and strive together for new victories in the process of building a well-off society in an all-round way, the meeting said.

The meeting also called on all Party members to understand the new requirement of the country's development and the new expectation of the people to draw guidelines and policies adapted to the times and the people.

The Party should work out strategic arrangements that concern the practical problems directly relating to the people and the problems they care most, to further boost the socialistic economic, political, cultural and social development as well as the overall advancement of the Party, the meeting said.

The CPC national congress is held every five years. Hu Jintao was elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee at the 16th CPC National Congress in 2002.

Source: Xinhua

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