Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fight against graft, luxury will continue

During the eight-day National Day holiday this month, a onetime imperial garden in downtown Beijing's Beihai Park received numerous visitors from home and abroad.

Further refinement of effort expected at upcoming CPC National Congress During the eight-day National Day holiday this month, a onetime imperial garden in downtown Beijing’s Beihai Park received numerous visitors from home and abroad. “I’ve been to the park many times before, but it’s my first time to see the garden,” said Zhang Xi, a middle-aged visitor. “It was not easy to enter the garden before because it had been occupied by a luxury restaurant that provided services for only a very small group of people,” the Beijing resident said. Yilan Hall, which was used for reading by Emperor Qianlong, an 18th-century ruler of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), was open to the public in May after the Fangshan restaurant, which had first occupied the space in the late 1950s, moved out. The change offers a glimpse into changes brought by the austerity campaign pushed in the past five years by the Communist Party of China, led by General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping. Fighting corruption and tightening self-supervision to rule out luxurious lifestyles and excess bureaucracy on the part of officials have been priorities of the Party since the 18th CPC National Congress in late 2012. “Our Party faces many severe challenges, and there are also many pressing problems within the Party that need to be resolved, particularly corruption, taking bribes, being divorced from the people, going through formalities and bureaucracy caused by some Party officials,” Xi told reporters on Nov 15, 2012, the day the new leadership was elected. “We must make every effort to solve these problems. The whole Party must stay on full alert,” he said. On Dec 4 of that year, the CPC…

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