Page 1: Today’s front page is basically all about Xi Jinping. From the publication of the third volume of “Governance of China” to meetings and speeches.
“The party’s organizational line in the new era provides scientific compliance for strengthening the party’s organizational construction, and provides an important guarantee for enhancing the party’s creativity, cohesion, and combat effectiveness. We must unswervingly adhere to and improve the party’s leadership, continue to advance the new great project of party building, implement the party’s organizational line in the new era, and constantly build the party more powerful. We must correctly understand the scientific connotation and practical requirements of the party’s organizational line in the new era, adhere to the unity of goal orientation, problem orientation, and result orientation, and accurately grasp the basic requirements for implementation. We must do a good job in upholding and perfecting the leadership of the party, uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics, do a good job in arming the whole party with the party’s scientific theory, do a good job in the construction of the party’s organizational system, do a good job in building the backbone of the ruling team and talent, and do a good job in the party organization building.”
Another key excerpt defending Xi’s policies:
“A series of major measures have been taken to improve the party’s political life and organizational life system, and coordinate with strengthening the party’s theoretical armament, strengthening the party’s style, strengthening the party’s discipline, and intensifying the anti-corruption struggle.”
And finally, read this. It tells you about how politics must come first and shaping thought and ideological direction is the primary objective for cadres.
“Through strengthening ideological hardening, political experience, practical training, and professional training, we should promote the cadres to perform their duties, exercise power, and carry out work in strict accordance with the system. Party organizations at all levels should strictly control politics and integrity, strictly control their qualities and abilities, and promptly discover and appoint cadres who are willing to be officers, true officers, and do things well. It is necessary to strengthen the education and training of cadres so that the political literacy, theoretical level, professional ability and practical skills of the broad masses of cadres can keep pace with the development of the times. It is necessary to deepen the reform of the cadre system, improve the strict management mechanism that governs thinking, work, work style, and discipline, and promote the formation of correct guidance for those who are capable, superior, mediocre, and inferior.”
Second, Xi Jinping chaired a session of the Committee for Comprehensive Deepening Reform (Xinhua English version). Here’s what all was covered in the meeting. There’s a paragraph on each of these in the report. But here’s a snapshot.
“The meeting reviewed and approved the Three-year Action Plan for the Reform of State-owned Enterprises (2020–2022), Guiding Opinions on Deepening the Integration of New Generation Information Technology and Manufacturing, Pilot Program on Deepening the Reform of the Rural Homestead System, and About Accelerating Guiding Opinions on Promoting the In-depth Integration and Development of the Media, Overall Plan for Deepening Education Evaluation Reform in the New Era, and Implementation Opinions on Deepening the Reform of State-owned Literary and Art Troupes. The meeting also heard reports on the progress of the medical and health system reform since the Third Plenary Session of the Eighteenth Central Committee of the Party.”
Third, a piece on Xi’s recent article in Quishi, based on a speech at a meeting summarizing a CPC education campaign themed “staying true to our founding mission.” Xinhua’s English version is largely the same. It says: “The education campaign was a vivid practice of deepening the Party’s self-reform and promoting full and strict governance over the Party in the new era, according to the article. The campaign has promoted unity in thought, political orientation and action within the Party, the article says, adding that it served as an effective mobilization for achieving the two centenary goals.”
Page 2: A few pieces to note:
- An editorial celebrating the CCP on its anniversary, arguing that it has put people first. These are demonstrations of how important economic growth has been for legitimacy, or at least how the Party views its importance.
- A commentary based on Xi Jinping’s remarks that I’ve covered earlier. Here’s an excerpt: “it should also be noted that in the new era, our party leads the people in carrying out a great social revolution, covering the broadness of the field, the profoundness of the adjustment of the interest pattern, the sharpness of contradictions and problems, the difficulty of breaking through the institutional and institutional obstacles, and the progress. The complexity of the great struggle situation is unprecedented. It is necessary to enhance the sense of urgency and responsibility and carry through the party’s great self-revolution.”
- Sun Chunlan’s remarks on preparing for the national college entrance examination on July 7 and 8.
Page 3: Coverage of the new law in Hong Kong dominates the page.
- First a report on the NPCSC passing the new national security law unanimously. “163 members of the Standing Committee attended the meeting, and the number of participants was in accordance with the quorum. The meeting passed a vote and unanimously” approved the law.
- A short report confirming that the law has been added to Annex III of the Basic Law.
- Li Zhanshu’s comments upon the passage of the law. Nothing that we haven’t heard leading up to the law being cleared.
- A commentary on the new law. Here’s an excerpt from the commentary justifying the need for the law, and arguing why it was needed to maintain “Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability, and ensuring the stability of One Country, Two Systems.” Alas, one country, two systems is dead in my view. Keep an eye on how Taiwan society responds to this too. Beijing is basically saying that peaceful reunification is not going to happen.
“Since the return of Hong Kong, the practice of one country, two systems has achieved world-renowned success in Hong Kong. At the same time, it has encountered new situations and new problems in the course of practice. In particular, since the revisionist storm occurred in Hong Kong in 2019, the anti-China chaotic Hong Kong forces blatantly advocated “Hong Kong independence”, “self-determination” and “referendum” and other activities to engage in activities that undermine national unity and split the country; some foreign and overseas forces are flagrant Intervene in Hong Kong affairs, support Hong Kong’s anti-China chaotic Hong Kong forces, provide an umbrella, and use Hong Kong to engage in activities that endanger national security. All Chinese people, including compatriots in Hong Kong, have profoundly realized that the long-term “non-defense” in national security has made Hong Kong face the most serious situation since the return…”
Page 4: This is the page where you have comments from different bodies and officials basically welcoming the new law. It’s a reiteration of the themes mentioned above. But hey, everyone should get counted. And, this is peak propaganda to suggest that everyone has welcomed the decision.
- HKMAO’s statement on the new law.
- MoFA comment
- A report of the law being gazetted on June 30, which brings it into force immediately.
- HK Liaison Office’s comment
- Macao Liaison Office’s comment
- HK Office of MoFA’s comment
- Also comments accepting the new law by Carrie Lam, HK Police and Secretary of Justice Teresa Cheng and Secretary of Security John Lee.
- The full text of the law is on page 5. But you can see the English version on Xinhua.
Page 6: Two stories to note here:
- First, Carrie Lam’s comments to the UN Human Rights Council. She basically defended the new law, saying that the protest movement last year had crossed the “red lines” threatening sovereignty and national security, subverting state power.
- Another report on HK; this one says that at the UNHRC meeting, “Cuba made a joint statement on behalf of 53 countries, supporting China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to maintain national security legislation.”
- A report stating that the CCP and the major political parties in the Philippines had established the China-Philippines “Belt and Road” political party consultation mechanism.
Page 7: The communique on the Party’s anniversary. Here we have all statistical data about CCP growth. The data is broken down based on age, gender, ethnic minority status, professions, etc. Here’s an excerpt:
“As of December 31, 2019, the total number of CPC members was 91.914 million, a net increase of 1.32 million from the previous year. The Communist Party of China has 4,681,100 grassroots organizations, a net increase of 71,000 from the previous year, an increase of 1.5%. Among them, there were 249,000 grass-roots party committees, 305,000 total branches, and 4.127 million branches.”
Page 8: A few pieces to note:
- Sri Lanka’s Bank of Ceylon on Tuesday signed a long-term treaty with the China Development Bank, entering into a $140 million cooperation through which drawdown will be made under two tranches of $70 million.
- A commentary by the International Department of the CCP. The piece cites diplomats, heads of certain institutions and politicians to make the following claims:
“Many foreign political parties, dignitaries, celebrities, etc. generally believe that since the founding of the Communist Party of China, it has made arduous efforts and tremendous sacrifices to achieve national independence and people’s liberation, prosperity and prosperity of the country, and people’s happiness, so that ancient China has regained its vitality.”
“Many foreigners generally believe that the Communist Party of China is not only a party seeking happiness for the Chinese people, but also a party striving for human progress. It has played an important leading role in the process of building a better world with political parties from all over the world.”
“Many foreign political parties and scholars pointed out that the Communist Party of China is based on China’s reality and leads the Chinese people in successfully exploring and continuously developing and improving the system with Chinese characteristics.”
“Many foreign political parties and scholars pointed out that the Communist Party of China has always insisted on taking the people as the center, focusing on strengthening party building, constantly purifying, self-improving, self-renovating and self-improving, maintaining strong organization, action and vitality, which is worthy of political parties of all countries to learn from.”
Page 13: A commentary on the fifth anniversary of the National Security Law. There’s some interesting bits there about how things have evolved since then.
“In the past five years, the national security legal system has been stepped up and formed. A number of key laws such as the National Intelligence Law, Anti-Terrorism Law, Overseas Non-Governmental Organizations’ Activities Management Law, National Defense Transportation Law, Cyber Security Law, Nuclear Security Law, and Foreign Investment Law Promulgated and implemented, especially in accordance with the Decision of the National People’s Congress on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanism for the Maintenance of National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.”
This is also noteworthy, given that it tells you about the future outlook of security threats from the CCP’s perspective:
“Entering a new era, we are in the historical period of two hundred years, and in the face of a major change that has not been seen in a century, our overall national security situation continues to be stable, orderly, and controllable. At the same time, we must also see that my country is facing a complex and changing security and development environment, and various predictable and unpredictable risk factors have increased significantly. It is necessary to prepare for a long time to deal with changes in the external environment.”
Another commentary on the page, attacking Mike Pompeo for remarks on Covid-19. It basically argues that US targeting of China on the origin of the virus and CCP’s handling of the outbreak is a product of its failure to contain the epidemic at home.