China: Politburo Decides to Overhaul Top Leaders’ Working Style

SCMP reports: “The Communist Party leadership has rolled out a raft of pledges to revamp the working style of senior officials, calling for fewer empty words and a lower-key treatment of top leaders in an effort to win back ‘lost trust’.

“A meeting of the party’s Politburo yesterday, chaired by new party general secretary Xi Jinping, pledged to reduce ostentation and bureaucratic visits, meetings and talks. Xi also gave a speech on a separate occasion yesterday, commemorating the 30th anniversary of China’s constitution, in which he said that no organisation or individual should be put above the constitution.

“In a statement issued after its meeting, the Politburo said it would scrap or restrict traffic controls arranged for leaders’ trips to avoid unnecessary inconvenience to the public, state broadcaster China Central Television reported in its main newscast last night.

“The statement said the party would also reduce or restrict airport welcoming and seeing off ceremonies for visiting leaders and cut spending and the number of escorts for leaders on official domestic and overseas visits. The leadership also took aim at wordy meetings, saying the arrangements for national meetings of officials and major events would be strictly regulated and improvements made to the efficiency of official conferences and the issuing of official documents.

The statement says, “Such a working style must first start with the members of the Politburo. If you want people to do something then do it yourself first; if you don’t want somebody to do something then certainly do not do it yourself.”

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