Date
19 November 2017
The Four Comprehensives is now established as Xi Jinping's contribution to the political theory of the Communist Party. Photo: Xinhua
The Four Comprehensives is now established as Xi Jinping's contribution to the political theory of the Communist Party. Photo: Xinhua

Xi unveils political philosophy of Four Comprehensives

Just in time for the annual meetings of China’s top legislative and political advisory bodies next month, President Xi Jinping has unveiled his political philosophy: the Four Comprehensives.

He first mentioned the blueprint in a speech in Jiangsu province in December: “… comprehensively build a moderately prosperous society; comprehensively deepen reform; comprehensively implement the rule of law; and comprehensively strengthen party discipline”.

But on Wednesday, the Communist Party’s flagship newspaper, People’s Daily, and other Chinese media gave blanket coverage to the theory, suggesting that it had earned widespread acceptance at the top of the party, The Wall Street Journal said.

Shortly after Xi became general secretary of the party in November 2012, he put forward the concept of “the Chinese Dream”, or “the great renewal of the Chinese nation”.

“A moderately prosperous society” is not only the primary objective identified at the party’s 18th Congress but also “a crucial step towards the Chinese dream of great rejuvenation”, Xinhua said in a report.

As regards the deepening of reform, Xi’s first trip as China’s leader was to Shenzhen — retracing Deng Xiaoping’s famous southern tour, when he kicked off key economic reforms — where Xi promised “no stop to reform and opening up”.

“The rule of law” came to prominence at the fourth session of the 18th Communist Party Central Committee. It guarantees modernization of the system of government while championing social justice, Xinhua said.

Meanwhile, the government is waging a massive campaign to “strengthen party discipline” by rooting out corruption, which the leadership believes may threaten the survival of the party and the state, the report said.

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