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About 40 Party members from Beijing’s Dongcheng district embroider a Party flag on November 1. Photo: CFP
The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China convenes on Thursday to map out the road ahead for China and announce a new generation of top leaders.
Since early this year, various activities have been held across the country to warmly welcome the event. People from all walks of life put up slogans, sang red songs and held parties, with the activities entering a crescendo as the big day approaches.
On November 2, pupils from Cisheng Primary School in Wenxian county, Henan Province, made a large Party flag out of 360 red scarves. In Chengwu county, Shandong Province, farmer Wang Yaojun held an exhibition at his home, displaying his porcelain works depicting major Party events. On November 3, more than 800 volunteers took down illegal posters and ads in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province.
Local governments have also initiated other campaigns, with police officers and armed forces vowing to ensure stability and public servants allowing “zero petitions” to “maintain a sound environment” for the congress.
However, while some of them were voluntary and essential, others were criticized for being organized showcases which experts consider “unnecessary.”
“It seems that some local governments are competing to show their innovation in ‘welcoming’ the congress,” Cai Xia, a professor at the party-building center with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, told the Global Times.
“The general public cares more about what the leadership will do to improve livelihoods and social justice,” she noted, suggesting that local governments could welcome the event by soliciting public opinions and concerns.
“It’s important to publicize the opening of the congress and what it is about, so as to promote citizens’ participation in policy-making,” a blogger named Zhu Xinfeng said on people.com.cn. “But I don’t think it’s wise to disclose flaws and conflicts at such a time.”
Citing the tightened security in many cities, Zhou Peng’an, a member of the China Democratic League in Wuhu, Anhui Province, commented on ifeng.com that there was no need to create such a nervous environment.
Most people are greatly anticipating the congress. A recent poll of 40,000 participants by people.com.cn shows that democratic politics, people’s livelihoods and anti-corruption efforts are the top three issues the public most want to see addressed at the congress.
Source: Global Times