The Communist Party of China (CPC) highlighting the need for strengthening intra-party discipline was absolutely timely under changing and not always favorable conditions, a Russian scholar said.
Held on October 24 to October 27, the sixth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee adopted decisions on further strengthening intra-party discipline.
"In the new situation, the role of the ruling party as a generator of strategic development plans and a managing force of the giant country increases," Yuri Tavrovsky, a professor with the People's Friendship University of Russia, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
The situation is changing in the Chinese economy, in the world markets, as well as in the world as a whole.
While achieving unprecedented success in the process of "reform and opening up," some party functionaries established corrupt connections with business structures under their control, Tavrovsky said.
Such relations are unacceptable, the expert believes, as they hamper the transformation of the economy, and poison the environment in the society.
In a global market, a growing number of China's competitors have increased output of cheaper products which require less expensive technologies, he said.
He cited the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement as an example, saying this is "an ambitious and potentially dangerous plan" for China as it aims for the reorientation of financial and trade flows.
On the borders of China, military provocations in the South China Sea have been taking a systemic nature, with the United States expanding its military presence on the Korean peninsula and Japan exploring new areas closer to China.
"These new situations require efficient work of the ruling party of China," he noted.
Today, the role of the CPC is that of "the brain of the nation and its nervous system," the Russian expert said. "The brain of the party should work impeccably, while the nervous system has to react to the signals sent by brain instantly and accurately."
The lack of discipline and, especially, corruption at any point in any component of the party organism is fraught with the most serious consequences, Tavrovsky said.
Therefore, the decisions of the plenary session on strengthening the party discipline and improving the system of inner-Party supervision, as well as on systemic fight against corruption, are absolutely timely and necessary, he concluded.
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