CPC should be vigilant against dangers in times of peace

08:27, July 21, 2011      

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A Chinese proverb goes, "Be mindful of possible danger in times of peace." Being vigilant against dangers in times of peace should be a fundamental characteristic and political duty of a ruling party.

CPC Central Committee General-Secretary Hu Jintao warned all Party members in his July 1 speech that the Party is confronted with growing dangers of sluggish mentally, being incompetent, alienating the masses, and being dispirited and corrupt. He stressed that cracking down on and preventing corruption is crucial for gaining the people's support and ensuring the survival of the Party. If not effectively curbed, corruption will cost the Party the trust and support of the people. Hu's remarks are enlightening and thought provoking.

In the process of revolution, construction and reform in China that has been carried out in the past 90 years, preventing the "political risk" caused by corruption was always an issue that the Party prioritized and actively tried to solve. Mao Zedong once warned the Party that corruption would be a fundamental reason for turmoil in socialist societies. Minor corruption would lead to opposition and the dissatisfaction of the masses, and severe corruption would lead to "a second revolution" and change the color of the Party and country.

Deng Xiaoping once educated the Party, "If China goes in the wrong direction, it will be caused by the internal problems of the Party" and "if we do not fight against and punish the corruption, especially the corruption of senior officials, it is quite possible our Party will die."

Judging from the Party's ruling practice, corruption is a very prominent factor that can cause fatal injuries to the Party during the peace-building period. Judging from the world political history, a ruling party can maintain its ruling position and safeguard national stability and development only through firmly opposing and effectively preventing corruption.

The Party and the government launched the campaign of combating corruption and building a clean government based on the overall situation of the Party and the country in the recent years. China's anti-corruption ability continues to increase, the anti-corruption strategy continues to be improved and the fight against corruption continues to deepen.

The Party urgently needs to seriously study the deep background of the "risk of passive corruption" and continues to strengthen its ability to fight against degeneration and withstand risks when facing the spread of various new corruption phenomena, the severe anti-corruption situation and the arduous task of fighting against corruption.

The corruption of power is the concentrated expression of corruption. All kinds of corruption phenomena are hidden in power. The corruption of power comes from the dissimilation of power. All kinds of power dissimilation deviate from the Party's duty of being built for the public and exercising state power for the people, and will cause the phenomenon of seeking private gain through power, which will harm the credibility of the Party and the government and the interests of the country and the people.

Facts have proven that corruption is always the results of the failure of objective and subjective defense lines. The power without self-discipline will inevitably go astray; the power without supervision will surely lead to corruption. Therefore, leading officials at all levels must bear in mind that their power is entrusted to them by the people and can only be used in the interests of the people, and they must not turn their power into a tool of making interests for themselves or a hand of individuals; they can only be confident to guard against the dangers of corruption by building a solid spiritual defense line and developing the immunity against corruption.

Furthermore, Hu Jintao said, "In exercising power, we must serve the people, hold ourselves accountable to them, and readily subject ourselves to their oversight." This type of oversight should be performed not only by systems but by establishing and improving related restraint and supervision systems, improving intra-Party democratic supervision systems and ensuring that leading officials conform to statutory authority and procedures when exercising their power but also by the people, as well as promoting the transparency of Party and government affairs and making the exercise of the power transparent and under the oversight of the masses. The masses can play significant roles in combating corruption. The dangers of negative and corrupt phenomena can only be prevented and eliminated in a reliable manner by building a close supervision network and regulating the exercise of power.

The existence of dangers serves as both vigilance and a spur. Given the tests of the reality and the expectations of the people, no matter how leading officials maintain integrity and combat corruption, or how the Party and the country eliminate corruption, the most powerful response to the dangers is just actions and the most effective answer is to satisfy the needs of the people.

By People's Daily Online

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