III. A new look and new accomplishments required for the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics
Chinese socialism's entrance into a new era is of tremendous importance in the history of the development of both the PRC and the Chinese nation. It is also of tremendous importance in the history of the development of international socialism and of human society. What it means is that the Chinese nation, which since modern times had endured so much for so long, has achieved a tremendous transformation: it has stood up, become prosperous, and grown strong; it has come to embrace the brilliant prospects of rejuvenation. It also means that scientific socialism is full of vitality in 21st century China, and that the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics is now flying high and proud for all to see. It means that the path, the theory, the system, and the culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics have kept developing, blazing a trail for other developing countries to achieve modernization. It offers a new option for other countries and nations who want to speed up their development while preserving their independence; and it offers Chinese wisdom and a Chinese approach to solving the problems facing humanity.
Chinese socialism's entrance into a new era makes many new demands on the work of the Party and the country. All Party members, especially officials at all levels, should improve their moral integrity, capability, and conduct and get more motivated. All Party members should actively engage with this new era by forging ahead with a pioneering spirit, and make new achievements that do justice to the new era, in a continued effort to advance socialism with Chinese characteristics.
The new era requires arming ourselves with new thoughts.
Conforming to Chinese socialism entering into a new era, Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era is the latest achievement in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context, an important component of the theory of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and a guide to action for all Party members and all the Chinese people as we strive to achieve national rejuvenation. The report to the 19th National Congress and the newly revised CPC Constitution passed at the congress summed up the Central Committee's new ideas, new thinking, and new strategies for national governance since the 18th National Congress as "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era." It also defined this thought as a guiding principle that the Party must uphold on a long-term basis. A strategic task has been set to arm the whole Party with Xi Jinping Thought, and a strategic arrangement has been made to launch a campaign under the theme of "staying true to our founding mission"throughout our Party, which are of political, theoretical, and practical significance.
With a strong awareness of our political responsibility and historic mission, we need to bear in mind the realities of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, study and act on Xi Jinping Thought, and align our thoughts and actions with the guiding principles of the 19th National Congress. By ensuring that officials take the lead, we will arm the whole Party with Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, so that all Party members thoroughly understand the scientific system, theoretical essence, and practical requirements of this thought and fully grasp the Marxist standpoints, viewpoints, and methods embodied in this thought. We will vigorously promote our fine tradition of linking theory and practice, and ensure that our Party is good at learning, at exercising political leadership, at advancing reform and innovation, at promoting sound development, at exercising law-based governance, at engaging with the people, at implementing policy, and at managing risks. On this basis, we will turn the Party's theory into strength, and ensure that our Party members strive to fulfill the Party's historic mission in a more determined and purposeful manner.
The new era requires new ideas and measures.
On the one hand, China entering a new era and the evolution of the principal contradiction facing Chinese society do not change our assessment of the present stage of socialism in China. The basic dimension of the Chinese context — that our country is still and will long remain in the primary stage of socialism — has not changed. China's international status as the world's largest developing country has not changed. Development is still our Party's top priority in governance. We must be completely clear about this fundamental dimension of our national context, and must base our work on this most important reality — the primary stage of socialism. We must remain fully committed to the Party's basic line as the source that keeps the Party and the country going and that brings happiness to the people.
On the other hand, as the principal contradiction facing Chinese society has evolved, development in the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics differs greatly from the past in terms of its meaning, focus, vision, means, environment, conditions, standard, and requirements. This requires that we improve our efforts to implement the new development philosophy, put forward new ways of thinking, new strategies, and new measures for addressing unbalanced and inadequate development, and strive to achieve better quality, more efficient, fairer, and more sustainable development. Most fundamentally, we need to fully implement the Party's basic theory, line, and policy for the primary stage of socialism, and continue to make our work more principled, systematic, forward-looking, and creative. In line with the requirements for the new era and on the basis of continuing to promote development through new ideas and measures, we will make more effective efforts to resolve various problems in Chinese society, to ensure all-round progress in various initiatives, and to develop the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
The new era requires new improvements in the conduct and image of the Party.
In the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, the "four tests" (tests that relate to governance, reform and opening-up, the market economy, and the external environment) and "four dangers" (a lack of drive, incompetence, disengagement from the people, inaction and corruption) confronting our Party are still complex, intense, grave, and long-term in nature. Ensuring Party self-governance is exercised fully and strictly is a journey to which there is no end. This requires that we thoroughly implement the arrangements of the 19th National Congress, uphold and strengthen overall Party leadership, and strive to make the Party stronger and more competent, so as to build our Party into a vibrant Marxist governing party that is always at the forefront of the times, enjoys the wholehearted support of the people, has the courage to reform itself, and is able to withstand all tests. We need to give top priority to the Party's political building, exert its leading role in Party building, and apply the requirements of political building in our initiatives to strengthen the Party's theory, consolidate its organizations, improve its conduct, enforce its discipline, and combat corruption.
The requirements of political building should also be applied in our concrete efforts to carry out political activities within the Party in earnest, improve democratic centralism, develop a positive and healthy political culture in the Party, and foster a healthy political atmosphere of integrity within the Party. Party officials need to strengthen their consciousness of the need to maintain political integrity, think in big-picture terms, follow the leadership core, and act consistently with the Central Committee policy; closely align themselves with the Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core in terms of political stance, direction, principle, and path; and loyally support and uphold our leadership core through conscious thoughts and actions. On this basis, we will safeguard the authority and centralized, unified leadership of the Central Committee, thus providing strong political and organizational guarantees for upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era and achieving the "Two Centenary Goals."