Monday, September 17, 2007

Xinhua announced that the 17th Party Congress will introduce a change to the CCP Constitution. The key issue here is whether the revision is a "theoretical" one or a procedural one. Most likely, it will be a theoretical one adding Hu Jintao's scientific development and advance nature of CCP members into the constitution. However, it would be really exciting and interesting if procedural amendments are added. It could make clear the status of the many experiments in both leadership selection and decision-making that have been taking place at the local level.

Communist Party of China to amend Party Constitution

BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) is going to amend the Party Constitution in its upcoming 17th national congress scheduled for Oct. 15, according to a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on Monday.

The Political Bureau decided to submit a draft amendment to the CPC Constitution to the 7th Plenum of the 16th CPC Central Committee for further discussion on Oct. 9, before it is tabled with the national congress.

The amendment should be made under the guidance of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thoughts of "Three Represents", and to reflect the major strategic thoughts the CPC Central Committee has set forth since the 16th CPC national congress was held, such as the scientific concept of development, said the meeting.

The amendment should include important theoretic concepts, strategic thoughts and working arrangements which will be established in the report made to the 17th CPC Congress in a bid to reflect the latest development of the localization of Marxism in China, according to the meeting.

Monday's meeting, presided over by Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, also discussed a draft report to the 17th CPC national congress, and decided to table it with the 7th Plenum of the 16th CPC Central Committee for further review.

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