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Xi, Li stress importance of the rule of law

Updated: Feb 2,2015 9:18 PM

Leading officials should set a good example in the nation’s drive to consolidate the rule of law, President Xi Jinping, also General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, told a workshop held on Feb 2 at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.

The workshop was chaired by Premier Li Keqiang along with the five other members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee: Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli.

While praising their overall efforts in promoting the rule of law, Xi acknowledged that some leading officials have not been fulfilling their duties according to law and have even bent the law for personal gain.

Xi said such official misconduct has tarnished the Party’s image and disrupted order in politics, the economy and society. He stressed that all Party organizations and officials must abide by the Constitution and the law.

Li said Xi’s speech contained overall plans for building a well-off society, deepening reform and rule of law, and strictly administering the Party. He added that the speech had important guidelines for promoting a socialist legal system and building a country ruled by law.

Li emphasized that consolidating the rule of law involves many aspects such as concepts, systems and mechanisms, leadership and style of work. He also said that it would be a “test” for officials of different levels to work with such concepts and measures. He told officials that the rule of law should be strictly upheld and urged them to work for the people.

Others who attended the workshop were ministerial and provincial-level officials — including ministers, provincial Party chiefs and governors.