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Amending Party Constitution meets "objective needs": spokesman
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20:51, October 25, 2007

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Amending the Party Constitution is designed to meet "objective needs" in strengthening construction of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and "adapting the Party to new trends and tasks", a spokesmen said on Thursday.

The 17th National Congress of the CPC, which concluded on Sunday, adopted the amended CPC Constitution which includes "the overall plan for the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics, a series of significant policies and guidelines on domestic and foreign affairs and innovations of theories and important experience in party-building", a spokesman for the secretariat of the congress told Xinhua.

Making the amendment is an important way of "unifying the thoughts and actions and concentrating the wisdom and strength of the whole Party and mobilizing all Party members' enthusiasm", said the spokesman.

He said the amendment is conducive to the implementation of the Party Constitution, CPC policies, guidelines and important deployment, the progress of all works of the Party and country and "the new great project of Party building with an innovative spirit".

The amendment, guided by "the Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of the Three Represents", embodied a series of major strategic thoughts put forward by the CPC Central Committee since the 16th National Congress of the CPC in 2002, including the Scientific Outlook on Development, he said.

The spokesman said the content of the Party Constitution "generally remains stable", allowing only "moderate change" instead of "great change".

The revised content was that which "must be changed", on which the party has already reached consensus, he said, adding the amendment was aimed at making the Constitution fully reflect "the latest development of the localization of Marxism in China" and "fresh experience gained from the Party-building".

The current Party Constitution was passed at the 12th CPC Congress in Sept. 1982, and was amended partially with several articles and the General Programme in the following four Party congresses.

One latest amendment to the Party Constitution was made at the 16th CPC Congress in November 2002, when the important thoughts of the "Three Represents" were highly appraised and written into the Constitution.

At the 15th CPC Congress in 1997, Deng Xiaoping Theory was added into the Party Constitution as the guiding theory for the CPC to stand next to Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought. The theory on building of socialism with Chinese Characteristics was enshrined in the Party Constitution at the 14th CPC Congress in 1992.

"Those immature (theories or thoughts) will not be added to the constitution," said the spokesman, adding the change mainly reflected the new demand brought by the development of the Party and country, on Party members, cadres and various levels of organizations, and on the improvement of the inner-Party system.

He said the "authoritative nature" of the Party constitution was maintained, which could better guide the Party work at present and in the future.

Important content of the report at the 17th Party Congress, which crystallized several significant theories, thoughts and working arrangements, were also included in the Party Constitution, he said.
The revised Party Constitution attributed all achievements and progresses to the choice of "the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics", said the spokesman.

He said the fundamental reason for all accomplishments of the Party and country could be summarized as -- "the CPC breaks a new path of the socialism and forms a socialist theoretical system with distinctive Chinese features".

The Chinese-featured socialism, led by the CPC, based on the real situation of the country, was aimed at building a "prosperous, democratic, civilized, harmonious and modernized" socialist country while following the policy of reform and opening-up, he said.

Source: Xinhua

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