CPC at 100: Transforming China through people-centered leadership

China is gearing up for the 100th-anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC).  The celebrations will be happening amid China’s stunning achievements in the past decades.

In the prevailing reality, China’s development is a pointer that the Communist Party-led country is in the right direction, especially having taken a path that suits her and not copy any other.

Events of the 2oth century provide a glimpse into China’s rise to superpower status against odds. During this time upheavals such as the sudden collapses of the Socialist Soviet Union and Eastern Europe took place. This was followed by the global financial crisis that led to a global recession that swept the world.

Yet, during this period of turbulence, China staggered a little but stood firm. And it has kept rising.

China worked a miracle, maintaining nearly double-digit growth for over 30 years, and became the world’s second-largest economy while maintaining stable domestic conditions.

Analysts argue that China managed this historic fete because it changed with the times, identifying new directions that suited her national conditions and reality. The people took priority. Others were not able to do so, and they failed.

This is the story of China. Her history and that of the Communist party are intertwined and cannot be split. Today’s China is certainly a result of her fidelity to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

People-centered philosophy

Just as Chinese President Xi Jinping has numerously pointed out, ‘a country can only find its way to a bright future by following the development path that is suited to its prevailing conditions.’

True to these words, and through a great investment of effort, the CPC has led the Chinese people to a unique and successful drive towards modernization and going by the current trend, Chinese people have no reason to be pessimistic about the country’s future.

It is also true that China encountered a lot of problems during its course of development, but its achievements outweigh the problems by considerable margins and have laid the foundation for solving these problems.

The Chinese people-centered doctrine dictates that “the only reason for the existence of government lies in taking care of the wellbeing of the whole people.” The Chinese ruling party believes that failure to observe this will invite rebellion, which in many instances, has seen governments overthrown.

This philosophy dates back to China’s ancient times. It holds that a virtuous government should put people first and that those ignoring the interests of the people will fail the ‘Mandate of Heaven’ and lose legitimacy.

What also affirms this doctrine is the Confucianism belief which proposes that officials should first concern themselves with the peoples’ troubles and be the last to enjoy its pleasures.

This is the Communist Party of China’s guiding principle – ‘’Serving the people’’. The party believes that power should be used in the service of the people, that the people’s interests should always take first place, and that the people’s wellbeing is paramount.

Based on this doctrine, China’s system fundamentally pursues impartial and integrated services provided for the benefit of the people overseen by people’s representatives.

For instance, the country’s civil service upholds popular meritocracy where officials who are recruited through examination, receive promotion, transfer, reward, and punishment in line with their performance in serving the people’s interests.

Today, governments at all levels in China are made up of civil servants recruited through a competitive process. This added to another key feature of the Chinese political model, that the core ruling group cannot afford to lose sight of its goals through moral corruption and lack of self-discipline.

The CPC has remained progressive setting higher ethical standards for leaders than ordinary people.

The CPC, with Xi Jinping at the core, has implemented strict party discipline to curb impunity and corruption. Xi has been clear that deeply rooted corruption will compromise the economy while contributing to income inequality. And it is in the interest of the people that he has waged this war unceasingly.

It is easy to see why successive Chinese governments made poverty alleviation a national agenda. The mission was to do away with massive gaps between the rich and the poor. And the CPC leadership succeeded and achieved what no nation has achieved in recent times – eradicating extreme poverty from its boundaries.

Under this programme, China has lifted all rural poor people out of extreme poverty under the current standard, with nearly 100 million impoverished people shaking off poverty.

This people-centered agenda has also been on a great display as the country fought to emerge from the shadows of COVID-19. The ruling party announced a comprehensive plan to respond to the economic difficulties caused by the pandemic.

In it, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang emphasized that stability and improvement of people’s livelihoods was a priority of President Xi Jinping’s administration. Li was categorical that the government’s response to the pandemic was about putting the health and safety of the people above everything else.

Whether it is in the area of agriculture, industry, science & technology, the CPC has over the years introduced far-reaching reforms which established China as a major industrial nation and whose success has benefited millions of its citizens.

These bold actions amongst others have ensured that CPC enjoys close bonds with the people. This is how it has managed to withstand harder tests of history and is leading the people to achieve the ‘Chinese Dream’ of rejuvenating the nation.

Eric Biegon is a Multimedia Journalist with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, KBC. 


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