Secretary of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Minister Li Ganjie presided over an enlarged meeting of the Leading Party Members’ Group on Oct. 26, in order to convey, study and implement the guiding principles of the 19th National Congress of the CPC. The meeting stressed that it is imperative to rally more closely around the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, align our thoughts and actions with Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, make determination to put up a good and tough fight against pollution, meet the ever-growing needs of the people for a beautiful ecological environment, and work tirelessly to secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, to strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, and to realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.
The meeting conveyed the grandeur of and the report to the 19th National Congress, the work report of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, and the guiding principles of the amendments to the CPC Constitution. Li noted that the 19th National Congress is a monument in the development course of the causes of our Party and country and has profound and long-lasting influence and significance. The report to the 19th National Congress holds high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, takes a broad and long-term view, adopts a broad and profound approach, breaks new ground and highlights creativity, seeks truth and pragmatism, and inspires and stimulates us to march forward. It is a scientific, insightful, relevant, and feasible document that reflects the characteristics of the era and has historic significance. The report manifests the common aspirations of all of us in the Party and the people of all ethnic groups in our country. It is an epoch-making magnum opus radiating the glory of the Marx's theory of truth. It is a political declaration, a program of action, and a battle trumpet for our Party to lead the people of all ethnic groups in our nation in the great struggle, in the development of great projects, in the promotion of great cause, and in the realization of the great dream, at a time when the socialism with Chinese characteristics crosses the thresholds into a new era.
The work report of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection adopted by the Congress fully recognizes the endeavors of the discipline inspection committees at all levels in controlling the spread of corruption, upholding the intraparty political integrity, and enabling and consolidating the overwhelming momentum in the combat against corruption, under the firm leadership of the CPC Central Committee.
The resolution adopted by the Congress on the amendment to CPC Constitution embodies the achievements that have been made by the Party on the creativity in theories, practices, and institutions since the 18th National Congress and reflects the successful experience in Party building. A new term of Central Committee was elected by the Congress, and at the first plenary session of the 19th Central Committee, Comrade Xi Jinping was reelected the General Secretary of the Central Committee and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, which reflects the common aspiration of all of us in the Party, the armed forces, and the people of all ethnic groups, as well as the vigor, vitality, and flourishment of our Party. We believe that the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core will unite the Party, the armed forces, and the people of all ethnic groups and lead us to secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects and strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era.
The declaration that the socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era represents an extremely important, far-sighted, meaningful, and concise political judgment made in the report to the 19th National Congress, and a precise positioning of the new historic juncture for the development of the causes of the Party and the country, which is of extreme significance in reality to the attainment of the “two centenary goals”, of profound significance in history to the realization of the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and of distinctive significance to the world by providing Chinese wisdoms and solutions to the global modernization process, said Li.
Li noted that the report to the 19th National Congress wraps up the historic achievements and reforms in 10 aspects of the causes of the Party and the country over the past five years. The summary is the most convincing elaboration of the basic conditions building on which the socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era. In the ecological and environmental protection sector, under the firm leadership of the CPC Central Committee, the Party and the country have planned and implemented a raft of fundamental, long-term, and ground-breaking efforts which have catalyzed the ecological and environmental protection to reach a historic and holistic turning point in terms of both awareness and practice. We have solved many tough problems that were long on the agenda but never resolved, accomplished many things that were wanted but never got done. Notable progress has been made in building ecological civilization, as can be demonstrated by five unprecedented changes: the ecological and environmental awareness has been deeper than ever, the devotion to pollution control has been unprecedentedly strong, the institutions have been introduced at a fast pace never seen before, the supervision and compliance inspection has been more rigorous than ever, and the environmental quality is being improved at an unprecedented high speed.
Li stressed that Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era established by the 19th National Congress is the overarching thought that guides the sustainable development and advances of the causes of the Party and the country in a new era, as well as the most valuable historic contributions of this Congress. The underlying causes that lead us to these historic achievements and transformations are the firm leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, and the scientific guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. The establishment of Xi Jinping Thought has charted the course, laid out the ground rules, and provided the impetus for the socialism with Chinese characteristics to enter a new era. Since the 18th National Congress, the General Secretary has made important addresses, statements, and instructions on ecological conservation on over 300 occasions, which constitute the systematic, integrated, and important Xi Jinping strategic thoughts on building ecological civilization as well as an integral part of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.
The report to the 19th National Congress proposes that the principal contradiction facing Chinese society has evolved into one between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people's ever-growing needs for a better life, said Li. One element of the new principal contradiction is the people’s ever-growing needs for a beautiful ecological environment and the inadequate supply of more quality ecological products. The people’s needs have changed from subsistence and survival in the past to sound ecological environment now. The new change in the principal contradiction represents a historic change in the whole landscape and presents many new requirements for the Party and the country.
The report to the 19th National Congress held that we have drawn up a two-stage development plan for the period from 2020 to the middle of this century, emphasized Li. In the first stage from 2020 to 2035, we will build on the foundation created by the moderately prosperous society with a further 15 years of hard work to see that socialist modernization is basically realized. In the second stage from 2035 to the middle of the 21st century, we will, building on having basically achieved modernization, work hard for a further 15 years and develop China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful. These are the most exciting new objectives and missions which sound the bugle for us to march forward. Specific goals and requirements are set forth with respect to building ecological civilization and protecting the environment before all of these deadlines. By 2020, we will have put up a tough fight against pollution so that the moderately prosperous society we’ve built will be approved by the people and stand the test of the time. By 2035, we will see that the ecological environment has been improved fundamentally and that the target of building a beautiful China will have been basically achieved. By the middle of the 21st century, we will have developed China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful. The material, political, ideological, social, and ecological civilization will have been improved in all aspects. The above goals and requirements, most of which are freshly proposed, are set forth for both building a beautiful country and for achieving a high level of ecological civilization.
Li Ganjie said that the report to the 19th National Congress notes that building ecological civilization is a policy designed for the sustainable development of the Chinese nation for a thousand years; that it is pains for the moment and gains for the millennia; and that it unveils the underlying significance to promoting ecological progress. The report also comes up with a raft of new concepts, requirements, goals and plans for building ecological civilization and protecting the ecological environment. It is a proud mission and hefty responsibility to build socialist ecological civilization in a new era, much can be accomplished, so it is worthy of our long-term, relentless, and wholehearted endeavors. We are facing a long and challenging journey, but we have every reason to believe that much should and will be accomplished in our bid to build an ecological civilization for the socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.
Li stressed that the environmental protection departments as the main platform and force for building ecological civilization will be in the vanguard of building beautiful China. First of all, we will take upon the political responsibility for advancing the building of ecological civilization. We will enhance and put the “four consciousness” into action, always align our thinking, political awareness, and action with the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, and always harbor respect for, safeguard, embrace, observe, and follow the leadership of the core. We will uphold the people-centered development philosophy, thoroughly implement the major strategic thoughts of Xi Jinping on building ecological civilization, and persist in promoting the implementation of the decisions and plans of the Central Committee on ecological conservation and building of ecological civilization.
Second, we will pick up the pace to adopt green growth model and lifestyle. We will uphold the concept that “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets”, enable the whole society to firmly embrace the socialist outlook on ecological civilization, create a social environment in which each and every one champions ecological civilization in handling all matters and at all times. We will advocate a simple, moderate, green, and low-carbon life style. We will work to establish a green, low-carbon, and circular economic framework, constantly increase the science elements in the production sector, and minimize the resource consumption, pollution intensity, and total pollutant load of the production activities.
Third, we will make tremendous efforts to address prominent environmental problems. We will focus on the air, water, and soil pollution control and put up a good and tough fight for ecological and environmental protection. Especially, we will successfully defend the blue skies, continue to improve the environmental quality, and enable the people to work and live in a sound environment.
Fourth, we will step up the preservation of the ecosystems. We will work faster to delineate and strictly observe the ecological conservation red lines, further strengthen the development and management of nature reserves; implement major projects on biodiversity conservation, increase the supply of quality and eco-friendly products, and constantly meet the ever-growing needs of the people for a beautiful environment.
Fifth, we will establish sound institutions and mechanisms for ecological conservation and environmental protection. We will reform and improve the environmental management institutions, accelerate the development of an environment governance system which is at the helm of the government with the industry playing the major role, and participated by the NGOs and the public. We will speed up the modernization of the governance system and capacity in the eco-environment area.
Speaking of the comprehensive and strict governance over the Party, Li said the report to the 19th National Congress notes that the comprehensive and strict governance over the Party is a constant cause. This statement fully demonstrates the bold vision and character of our Party to conduct self-revolution and strict self-governance; reflects our Party’s constant exploration of the laws for the exercise of governance by Communist Party of China and the development of Marxist political parties; and reveals the unambiguous attitude and firm determination of the Central Committee to follow through the comprehensive and strict governance over the Party.
He required that all levels of party organizations across the environmental protection departments should be more conscious of the comprehensive and strict governance over the Party, have a profound understanding of the development of the trends, hold onto the general requirements for party building in a new era, and proceed further in such governance. We should observe and implement the general requirements, blueprint, objectives and key tasks set forth by the Congress report for the Party building in a new era, put the political building at the top agenda, take a serious attitude in intraparty political life, be strict in political disciplines and rules, uphold the authority and centralized, unified leadership of the Party Central Committee, closely follow the Party's political line, strictly observe its political discipline and rules, and closely align ourselves with the Central Committee in terms of political stance, direction, principle, and path. We will continue to regularize and institutionalize the requirement for all Party members to have a solid understanding of the Party Constitution, Party regulations, and related major policy addresses and to meet Party standards. We will organize training programs on “remaining true to our original aspiration and keeping our mission firmly in mind”, with the focus on the study and action on Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. We will uphold the principle of the Party exercising governance over the cadres, adopt rights ways in which the officials are selected and appointed, and build specialized teams of advanced literacy. We will give priority to improving the organization skills, highlight the political functions, implement the “three meetings and one lecture” system, be creative in the ways the Party activities are organized, guide the majority of the Party members to play exemplary roles, and build the community-level Party organizations into steel fortresses. We will be persistent in improving our conduct and discipline, make use of the disciplinary inspection as a sword, and strive for the overwhelming victory over anti-corruption battle. We will sharpen our skills in eight aspects-the study, political leadership, reform and innovation, scientific development, law-based governance, mass work, solid implementation, and harness of risks, and constantly improve our governance capacity and the ability to lead.
For now and for a period of time to come, it is a paramount political task for the environmental protection system to study, disseminate, and put into action the guiding principles of the 19th National Congress. The Party organizations at all levels and the majority of the Party members should earnestly study the documents of the 19th National Congress, gain a thorough understanding, align our thoughts and actions with those guiding principles, and devote our resources and energy to the objectives and tasks identified by the Congress. We will firmly develop the “four awareness”, shore up the “four confidence”, remain true to our original aspiration, keep our mission firmly in mind, march forward with strong determination, bury ourselves in work, go all out to put up a good fight against pollution, and make contributions to completing the building of a moderately prosperous society and developing China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful.
At last, Li made specific plans for the Ministry and its regional offices and affiliated institutions to study and put into action the guiding principles of the 19th National Congress.
First, we will improve and implement a package of plans for the study and action on the Congress’s guiding principles as soon as possible. The study may be organized in the form of thematic discussions, lectures and training seminars. The Party organizations at all levels and the majority of the Party members should act swiftly and set off a wave of the study, dissemination, and implementation of the guiding principles of the Congress, and use them to arm our brain, guide our practice, and make progress at work.
Second, we will study the new requirements of the report for ecological and environmental protection. The report has presented a raft of new reforms, concepts, objectives, requirements, and plans for developing ecological civilization and protecting the ecological environment. We should work out specific objectives, indicators, implementation plans, or implement them at work.
Third, we will actively make preparations for the eighth National Environmental Protection Conference. We will have a thorough understanding of the guiding principles of the Congress especially the decisions and plans for building ecological civilization and protecting the environment, and have them reflected in the agendas, documents, and addresses of the conference.
Fourth, we will wrap up this year’s work and make plans for the next year. In the remaining two months and more, we will highlight the ongoing key tasks during the study and action on the Congress’s guiding principles, and resolutely implement the decisions and plans of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council for ecological and environmental protection. Targeting at the prominent air, water, and soil pollution problems strongly complained by the people, we will wage a full-scale war against environmental pollution, and make advances in the integrated air pollution control in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and surrounding areas.
Vice Ministers Zhai Qing, Zhao Yingmin, and Liu Hua, and Leader of the Discipline Inspection Group Wu Haiying presented at the meeting. Vice Minister Huang Runqiu observed the meeting. The ministerial leaders vowed to hail the report of the 19th National Congress and study and put the guiding principles of the Congress into action at the work within their purview.
Deputy Director Generals and Director Generals of the Ministry’s internal departments, regional offices, and affiliated institutions observed the event.
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