On September 1, the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (Chinese Academy of Governance), and China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong, Jinggangshan and Yan’an held a formal joint ceremony via video link, to mark the beginning of the fall semester of 2018. CHEN Xi, member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Secretary of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, President of above four schools, was present for the ceremony and delivered an important speech. He urged participants to develop a deep understanding of the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the new era and put this knowledge into practice. He also called for comrades to rally around President Xi as the paramount leader of the Party and its Central Committee, uphold the authority of the Central Committee and its centralized, unified leadership, and implement the Party’s organizational line, in a greater, professional effort to write a new chapter of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
Chen noted that the proposal of the Party's new organizational line for the new era by President Xi at the National Organization Work Conference stresses the Party’s distinctive strength as a highly organized institution. He said that the new line outlined a number of essential qualities of Party officials, including loyalty, integrity, patriotism, dedication and commitment, laid the organizational groundwork for upholding and strengthening overall Party leadership and socialism with Chinese characteristics, and provided the basis for improving the Party’s capacity-building and organization in the new era. He called on participants to study the new line and practice in their work, and urged Party officials to practice loyalty, integrity and responsibility as fundamental qualities of being members of society and the Party, and work relentlessly towards the achievement of the Party’s major goals of service to the general public.
YIN Hong, Deputy Secretary of CPC Shanghai Committee and the first Vice-President of the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong was also present for the ceremony and warmly welcomed participants from across the country to the academy on behalf of the CPC Shanghai Committee and the Academy. He encouraged them to take on board the call made by President Chen and ensure that these aims were reflected in their work and daily routines. He described how the Party Central Committee had expected Shanghai to serve as a frontrunner in China’s opening up and innovative development drive since the Party’s 18th National Congress in 2012. He also encouraged participants to tour around the city during their stay at CELAP and offer suggestions on its further development.
Provincial and ministry-level participants, along with members of the Organizational Department of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, staff and faculty of the Academy and its Kunshan campus, and representatives of the Party School of CPC Pudong Committee were also present at the opening ceremony.
Following the ceremony, the academy’s Executive Committee and all participants held workshops to discuss and study President Chen’s speech.