Resolution on Amending the Constitution of the Chinese Communist Party

Resolution of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party on the Constitution of the Chinese Communist Party (Amendment)

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Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, October 24

Resolution of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party on the Constitution of the Chinese Communist Party (Amendment)

(Adopted by the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party on October 24, 2017)

The 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party considered and unanimously adopted the Constitution of the Communist Party of China (Amendment) proposed by the 18th Central Committee, deciding that the amendment should take effect from the date of its adoption.

The Congress believes that, since the Party’s 18th Congress, the Chinese Communist Party with Comrade Xi Jinping as its main representative has responded to the development of the times, and it has systematically answered, uniting theory and practice, the major problems of the times of what kind of socialism with Chinese characteristics should be upheld and developed in the new era, and how socialism with Chinese characteristics should be upheld and developed, establishing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era is the continuation and development of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Important Thought of the “Three Represents”, and the Scientific Outlook on Development. It is the newest result of the sinicization of Marxism. It is the crystallization of the practical experience and the collective wisdom of the Party and People. It is an important component of the theoretical system of socialism with Chinese characteristics. It is the guide to action for the whole Party and the whole People to strive to realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. It must be upheld and uninterruptedly developed for a long time. Under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the Chinese Communist Party has led the people of all ethnic groups in the country, has had overall control over great struggles, great projects, great undertakings, and great dreams, promoting the ingress of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in a New Era. The Congress unanimously agrees to include Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era in the Party Constitution as a guide to action together with Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Important Thought of the “Three Represents”, the Scientific Outlook on Development. The Congress calls on the whole Party to unite thought and action around Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, to strengthen the consciousness and firmness of its study and implementation, and to put into practice Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New era throughout the process of constructing socialist modernization, and to embody it in all aspects of Party building.

The Congress believes that socialist culture with Chinese characteristics is an important component of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and it is a powerful spiritual force to inspire the whole Party and the peoples of all ethnic groups in the country to dauntlessly march forward together as a whole. The Congress agrees that including socialist culture with Chinese characteristics in the Party Constitution, together with the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics, the theoretical system of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and the socialist system with Chinese characteristics, will be of advantage to the whole Party to deepen the awareness of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and comprehensively grasp the meaning of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The Congress stresses that comrades in the whole Party should cherish, uphold over the long term and continuously develop this road arduously opened up through the experience of the Party, this theoretical system, this system, this culture, holding high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, upholding self-confidence about the road, theoretical self-confidence, self-confidence in the system, cultural self-confidence, and implementing the Party’s basic theory, basic line, basic direction.

The Congress believes that realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is the greatest dream of the Chinese nation since the modern era, and it is a solemn commitment our Party has made to the People and to history. The Congress agrees to strive to achieve the “Two Centenary Goals” specified in the Party Constitution and to realize the great goal of the Chinese dream of a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

The Congress believes that the major political judgment made by the Party’s 19th Congress that our country’s major social contradictions have already transformed into the contradiction between the People’s need for a fine livelihood which grows day after day, and an unbalanced and incomplete development reflects the objective reality of social development in our country, and it is a major basis to formulate policies, and a major long term strategy for the Party and the state. Relevant amendments to the Party Constitution provide an important guidance for us to grasp the historical position and the characteristics of the developmental stage of our country, to better promote the cause of the Party and the state.

The Congress believes that upholding the thought of a people-centered development, upholding the concept of an innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, promoting the overall construction of a moderately well-off society, comprehensively deepening reform, comprehensively ruling the country in accordance with the law, comprehensively and strictly ruling the Party, comprehensively constructing a modern strong Socialist country, reflect our Party’s upholding of the basic objective, development idea, strategic deployment, and strategic objective of developing Socialism with Chinese characteristics. Including in the Party Constitution such contents as promoting a higher quality of the national economy, a more efficient, fairer, and more sustainable development, improving and developing a socialist system with Chinese characteristics, promoting the modernization of the state governance system and of the governance capability, paying more attention to the systemic, holistic, collaborative nature of reform, is beneficial to pushing forward the whole Party to unite in thought and action around the scientific judgment and the strategic deployment of the Party Center, to establish and realize a new idea of development, and to unceasingly innovate, reform, and develop new situations.

The Congress believes that since the 18th Party Congress, the Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as its core has put forward a series of new ideas and new strategies in economic construction, political construction, cultural construction, social construction and the construction of an ecological civilization. The Congress agrees to include in the Party Constitution such contents as developing the decisive role of the market in the allocation of resources, bringing into better play the role of the government, promoting the structural reform of the supply side, constructing a socialist rule of law system with Chinese characteristics, promoting the broad, multi-layered, institutionalized development of consultative democracy, fostering and practicing the core Socialist values, promoting the innovative transformation of China’s outstanding traditional culture, an innovative development, inheriting revolutionary culture, developing socialist advanced culture, enhancing the soft power of the national culture, grasping the right of leadership over ideological work, continuously increasing the People’s masses sense of gain, strengthening and innovating social governance, upholding the overall national security view, strengthening the consciousness that crystal-clear water and lush mountains are an invaluable asset. These additions are of major importance for the whole Party to strengthen its self-awareness, and more firmly uphold the Party’s basic theory, basic line and basic direction, and to promote the overall deployment of the “Five Into One”.

The Congress believes that since the 18th Party Congress Comrade Xi Jinping has put forward a series of important ideas on strengthening national defense and army construction, national unity, “one country, two systems” and the unification of the motherland, the United Front and the diplomatic work, which further indicate the direction to uphold the road of a strong army with Chinese characteristics, maintaining and developing peaceful, united, cooperative and harmonious socialist ethnic relations, promoting the unification of the Motherland, and promoting the construction of a shared destiny for mankind. The Congress agrees that the Chinese Communist Party should include in the Party Constitution such contents as upholding absolute leadership over the People’s Liberation Army and other People’s armed forces, carrying out Xi Jinping Thought on building a strong army, upholding building the army through politics, strengthening the army through reform, rejuvenating the army through technology, ruling the army through the law, building a People’s army that listens to the commands of the Party, can be victorious in battle, maintain an outstanding conduct, definitely guarantee that the People’s Liberation Army effectively fulfills the mission of the army in the New Era, firmly upholding the common awareness of the Chinese peoples, upholding a correct view on duties and benefits, promoting the construction of a shared destiny for mankind, abiding by the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration, promoting the construction of the “One Belt, One Road”. The addition of these contents will be advantageous to strengthen the party’s absolute leadership over the People’s Liberation Army, improve the level of national defense and of modernization of the army, and it will be useful to strengthen ethnic unity and raise the level of China’s open economy.

The Congress believes that since the 18th Party Congress, our Party has firmly promoted comprehensively and strictly governing the Party, it has carried out an all-round exploration of strengthening Party building, it has obtained many successful experiences and major achievements, which must promptly be embodied in the Party Constitution, to be transformed into the common will of the Party and a common rule to adhere to. The Congress agrees to include in the Party Constitutions the determinations of the 19th Party Congress to uphold that the Party should govern the Party, comprehensively and strictly governing the Party, strengthening the Party’s long-term governing capability, the construction of its advanced nature and purity, taking the Party’s political construction as the lead, comprehensively pushing forward the Party’s political construction, ideological construction, organizational construction, construction of work-style, discipline construction and the system construction through it. Deepening the struggle against corruption should be included in the Party Constitution, to uninterruptedly strengthen self-purification, self-improvement, self-innovation, the raising of its own capability, and using Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era to unify thought, unify action, establish a firm political consciousness, a consciousness of the overall situation, a consciousness of the core, a consciousness of following an example, uphold the authoritativeness and unified leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, strengthen and regulate political life within the Party, reinforce the political nature, epochal nature, principled and militant nature of political life within the Party, develop and active and healthy political culture within the Party, create a good political environment of fresh air, upholding strictly governing the Party as one of the basic requirements to be definitely realized in the construction of the Party. The addition of these contents will make the goal of Party construction clearer, improve the layout, be beneficial to the whole Party’s scientific thought, to more effective decisions to promote the construction of the Party, to continuously improve the quality of the construction of the Party, and forever maintain the vitality and vigor of the Party.

The Congress believes that the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party is the most essential feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and it is the greatest advantage of the socialist system with Chinese characteristics. Party, government, army, People, science, East, West, North, South and Center – the Party leads everything. The Congress agrees to include this important political principle in the Party Constitution, to benefit strengthening the Party consciousness by the whole Party, realize the unity of thought, political unity, unity of action of the whole Party, enhance the Party’s creativity, cohesion, combat force, guarantee the Party’s overall deployment, the coordination of all sides, and provide a basic political guarantee for the work of the Party and the state.

The Congress believes that in order to receive and summarize the successful experiences in the work of the Party and in Party building since the 18th Party Congress and combine them with relevant amendments to the General Program of the Party, it is absolutely necessary to make appropriate amendments to the text of some of the articles in the Party Constitution. Earnestly studying Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, consciously observing the Party’s political discipline and its established political standards, daring to expose and correct words and deeds violating Party principles, taking the lead in practicing Socialist core values, carrying forward the traditional virtues of the Chinese nation, are the ultimate general duties of all Party members. Putting political standards at the first place is an important principle to be upheld in developing Party members. Realizing the full coverage of inspection tours, conducting inspection tours of central units, of cities and counties, is the summary of the practical experience of inspection tour work, which must be further upheld and developed. Defining the responsibility system of the chairman of the Central Military Commission, specifying that the Central Military Commission is responsible for Party work and political work in the army reflect the actual needs of the Central Military Commission being responsible for managing the Party and governing the Party after reforms of the army. Readjusting the term of the committee of general branches and branches of the Party, promoting the normalization and the institutionalization of study and education about the “Two Studies One Action”, clarifying the place and the responsibilities of Party organizations in State-owned enterprises, adding provisions on the function, position and professional duties of basic Party organizations in social organizations, clarifying the duties of basic Party organizations in organs of the Party and the state at each level, clarifying the position and function of general Party branches, augmenting the conditions and demands for the promotion of cadres, readjusting and augmenting Party discipline, and some of the contents relevant to Party commissions for discipline inspection are the fruits of Party work and of the construction of the Party since the 18th Party congress and its concentrated reflection. Including these contents in the Party Constitution is beneficial to the whole Party to grasp the guiding thought of the Party and keep up with the times, using Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as a weapon to arm the mind, guide practice, promote work, is beneficial to strengthening the political function of basic organizations of the Party, and to push forward the parties to grasp the guiding ideology of the Chinese Communist Party, to arm the mind, to guide the practice and to promote the work, to strengthen the political function of grass-roots party organizations and to push forward and deepen the development of comprehensively strictly governing the Party.

The Congress requires Party organizations at all levels and all Party members under the strong leadership of the Party Center with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core to hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and guided by Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Important Thought of the “Three Represents”, the Scientific Outlook on Development, Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era more consciously study the Party Constitution, observe the Party Constitution, implement the Party Constitution, defend the Party Constitution, uphold and strengthen the Party’s comprehensive leadership, seize the great victories of the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, realize the great dream of the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and a better life for the People!

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