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At Fourth Plenum of 19th CPC, Absolute Leadership Over PLA Emphasised

Published Nov 12, 2019
Updated Feb 18, 2020

China will work to uphold and improve the Party’s absolute leadership over the armed forces and ensure that they will faithfully fulfill their missions in the new era, according to a decision of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

The decision on some major issues concerning how to uphold and improve the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics and advance the modernization of China’s system and capacity for governance was adopted at the fourth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee on Oct. 31.

It stressed the following:

— upholding the CPC Central Committee’s supreme leadership and command over the armed forces;

— improving the system of the institutions for Party building in the armed forces;

— implementing the Party’s absolute leadership over the armed forces in all fields and throughout the process of enhancing military capabilities.

The session was attended by 202 members of the CPC Central Committee and 169 alternate members of the CPC Central Committee.

Also present were members of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), senior officials of relevant departments, a number of delegates to the 19th CPC National Congress who work at the grass-roots level as well as experts and scholars.

The plenary session decided to admit two alternate members of the CPC Central Committee — Ma Zhengwu and Ma Weiming — into the Central Committee as full members.

The session also reviewed and adopted a CCDI investigation report on the severe violations of Party discipline and the law by Liu Shiyu, confirming the punishment previously decided by the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee that he would be placed on probation within the Party for two years.