Xi Pledges Cleanup in China’s Campaign Against Party Misbehavior

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged a “thorough cleanup” of the ruling Communist Party as part of a yearlong campaign aimed at ridding its ranks of formalism, bureaucracy and extravagance.

The campaign will focus on party agencies and officials at or above the county level, who will be required to reflect on their own behavior and correct any misconduct, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing Xi’s remarks at a conference yesterday.

The Communist Party can only be stable when it has “a single mind” and shares the joys and woes of the people, Xinhua cited Xi as saying at the meeting, also attended by the other six members of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s top decision-making body. “Winning or losing public support is an issue that concerns the CPC’s survival or extinction,” Xi was quoted as saying.

Since becoming head of the Communist Party in November and President in March, Xi has vowed to combat official corruption and has spoken of a China Dream that promises what leaders call the renewal of the Chinese nation. Achieving that requires relying on the people and mobilizing their creativity and enthusiasm, Xinhua cited Xi as saying at the meeting yesterday.

— With assistance by Henry Sanderson

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