Tracking People’s Daily — September 17, 2020

Page 1: A few important stories. First, Xi’s remarks on UF work in the private sector. Xinhua English reports that he stressed efforts to unite people from the private sector around the Communist Party of China to better promote the healthy development of the private sector. He said that “the non-public sector of the economy is an important part of the socialist market economy, and it is of great significance to promote the healthy development of the sector and personnel engaged in the sector.”

But PD’s report adds that “Xi Jinping emphasized that it is necessary to adhere to the two unshakables and take uniting and guiding private economic personnel as an important task. Party committees at all levels must strengthen their leadership over the united front work of the private economy, fully implement the party’s policies and policies, and do a good job in implementing various decisions and deployments of the Party Central Committee. United Front Work Leading Groups at all levels and the United Front Work Department of the Party Committee should play a leading and coordinating role, and the Federation of Industry and Commerce should play the role of group organization to unite private economic people around the party, better promote the healthy development of the private economy, and strive to maintain peace for the new era. Contribute to the development of the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the realization of the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”

Wang Yang and You Quan also spoke at the event. In addition, PD reports that responsible comrades from the Central Cyberspace Administration, the National Development and Reform Commission, the United Front Work Department of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee, and the United Front Work Department of the Guangdong Provincial Party Committee, and representatives of relevant private entrepreneurs made speeches.

Next, Xi sent a congratulatory message (English report) to Yoshihide Suga on his election as Japanese prime minister. Li Keqiang also congratulated Suga. Here’s a Global Times report saying that ties are expected to be stable under Suga. But we already have a bit of a flutter. Nobuo Kishi, Japan’s new Defense Minister, has earlier visited Taiwan with the media there hailing his appointment. GT reports: “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin congratulated Kishi at Wednesday’s press conference, and noted that China hopes Japan abides by the one-China principle and refrains from official exchanges with the island of Taiwan. Liu Junhong, a research fellow at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, who specializes in Japan affairs, told the Global Times that Japanese politicians “know fairly well” of the pros and cons of a relationship with the island and Chinese mainland, and that Kishi is unlikely to continue the visits. The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s comment is a gentle reminder to Japanese officials to respect China’s bottom line, Liu noted.”

Next, another declaration commemorating China’s Covid fight. Here’s how it ends: “Today’s China is no longer yesterday. It used to be poor and weak, but now it is heroic and prosperous. The true nature of China today remains, and the nation’s souls and souls accumulated over thousands of years have been handed down from hand to hand, becoming stronger and stronger. The Yellow River gives evidence, and the Yangtze River testifies. We are shouldering the responsibility of the revival of five thousand years of civilization. We are bound to create a magnificent future for China in the new era!”

Finally, a piece talking about China’s external engagement in the context of the pandemic, arguing that the “international community should foster a sense of a community with a shared future for mankind.”

Page 3: A piece previewing Xi’s UN speech. It talks about China’s engagement with the UN and the expansion of BRI. The piece says: “It should be noted that peace and development are still the themes of the times. The general trend of rejuvenation of emerging market countries and developing countries has not changed, the general trend of the world’s multi-polarization has not changed, and the general trend of economic globalization amidst twists and turns has not changed. The United Nations takes peace as its mission, development as its goal, and fairness as its essence. This is where its appeal, cohesion, and influence lie.”

Page 4: Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission Secretary Guo Shengkun was on a visit to Guangxi. The piece repeatedly talks about how he went to different areas asking cadre to keep Xi’s directives in mind, whether about political issues, security matters, or poverty alleviation. He said: “It is necessary to carry out in-depth education and rectification activities for the political and legal team, focus on political education, solve problems, establish rules and regulations, and guide political and legal officers to strengthen their beliefs, understand the law and discipline, know and respect, and keep the bottom line.”

Here’s more: “The more the special struggle against gangsters and evil enters the critical stage of decisive victory, the more work must be done, the more accurately we must grasp the laws and policies, handle the case in strict accordance with the law, and turn every case into an iron case. It is necessary to establish a long-term and regular governance mechanism for the eradication of gangs. It is necessary to strengthen the legal protection, education and guidance of minors and other special groups.”

Page 7: First, NDRC’s He Lifeng writes on Xi Thought on the economy. He says:

  • Xi Jinping’s Economic Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era is the latest theoretical achievement of Marxist political economy in contemporary China and the 21st century…It creatively answers the questions that Marxist classic writers have not set foot in, have not been foreseen by their predecessors, and cannot be solved by Western economic theories.”
  • “Xi Jinping’s Economic Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era is a powerful ideological weapon for scientifically responding to major risks and challenges and effectively solving major difficult problems.”
  • “Xi Jinping’s Economic Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era emphasizes the adherence to the Party’s centralized and unified leadership over economic work, strengthens the institutionalization of the Party’s leadership of economic work…”
  • “General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized that economic system reform is the focus of comprehensively deepening reforms, and the core issue is to properly handle the relationship between the government and the market. To do a good job in development and reform, we must enable the market to play a decisive role in the allocation of resources and give better play to the role of the government, and make breakthroughs and innovations in key fundamental reforms of the economic system. We must advance the reform of mixed ownership on a larger scale and at a deeper level, deepen the reform of the income distribution system, accelerate the construction of a high-standard market system, and build a more systematic, complete, mature, and high-level socialist market economic system.”
  • “We must focus on unblocking the national economic cycle, and twist the strategic basis of expanding domestic demand, so that production, distribution, circulation, and consumption should be based on the domestic market first and rely on the domestic market to promote the formation of a new development with the domestic cycle as the main body and the domestic and international double cycles pattern.”

Next the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology released the “White Paper on China’s Cyber ​​Security Industry (2020). It says that China’s “network security industry reached 156.359 billion yuan in 2019, an increase of 17.1% over 2018. The industry scale is expected to be about 170.2 billion yuan in 2020.”

Page 9 & 10: Another piece on how the Covid fight shows the superiority of China’s governance system. Next, a report about the opening of the UN Human Rights Council. It says that “in the general debate on the topic of the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 45th meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, representatives of many countries spoke in support of China on issues related to Hong Kong and Xinjiang.”

Then there’s remarks by Ambassador Chen Xu, the Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office in Geneva, who said that: “We support OHCHR to continue dialogue and cooperation with other countries, value the authoritative information provided by governments, conduct work objectively, impartially, and non-selectively in accordance with its own authorization, and resist politicizing human rights issues and double standards. We call on the OHCHR to attach equal importance to all types of human rights, carry out more substantive work in promoting the mainstreaming of the right to development, and increase investment in combating racism, racial discrimination, and hate speech.”

Finally, a commentary arguing that “on September 11, the 74th Plenary Session of the United Nations General Assembly passed a comprehensive resolution on the novel coronavirus pandemic by an overwhelming majority of 169 votes. The resolution pointed out that international cooperation, multilateralism, solidarity and mutual assistance are the only ways for the world to effectively respond to global crises such as the novel coronavirus pandemic. The resolution urges member states to promote tolerance and unity, oppose racism, xenophobia, hate speech, violence and discrimination, and refrain from promulgating and implementing any unilateral economic, financial and trade measures that are inconsistent with international law and the UN Charter; calling on member states to commit themselves to every country having timely access to high-quality, safe, effective and affordable diagnostic tools, treatment methods, drugs and vaccines. In stark contrast to this, some American politicians marginalized the international community’s common goal of fighting the epidemic, and continued their vicious and absurd performances of lying endlessly-shouting hoarsely about the politicization of the epidemic and the labeling of the virus, and malicious fabrications.”

And then it talks about how China has worked with other states while the US has engaged in “lies” and deceit.” (This is getting exhausting!)