Maintaining Party Purity

All pronouncements by senior Party leaders will now be poured over by outsiders for clues about ideological direction in the wake of the sacking of Bo Xilai. None more so that those by Xi Jinping, assumed to be China’s next president. Seeking Truth, the Party’s flagship magazine, is publishing today an article by him about maintaining the Party’s purity. At the beginning of this month Xi gave a speech on the same theme to open the spring session of the Central Party School, the Party’s top institution for training officials and of which he is president. His exhortation to the party’s leading officials to “fairly use their power, keep incorrupt in their work, and resolutely oppose the tendencies of mammonism, hedonism and extreme individualism” carry a meaning in the wake of Bo’s ousting that was not so apparent at the time.

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