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Eight-Point Decision on Improving Party and Government Conduct

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Updated:2019-04-16 |

Eight-Point Decision on Improving Party and Government Conduct

The Eight-point Decision on improving Party and government conduct and building closer ties with the people was issued at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on December 4, 2012. It covers the following main areas:

• doing better research and analysis and truly understanding actual conditions when doing grassroots-level studies;

• streamlining meetings and improving the way meetings are conducted;

• making documents and briefing papers more concise and improving writing styles;

• standardizing procedures for working visits abroad;

• improving security guard work and continuing to observe the principle of doing what improves relations with the people;

• improving news report;

• having strict rules on the publication of articles; and

• promoting frugality and the strict observance of rules on incorruptibility in government.

The Eight-point Decision is neither the highest standards, nor the ultimate one. It is only the first step in the CPC’s efforts to improve its practices – the minimum expected of Party members. Xi Jinping stated that “leading officials at all levels must lead by example and serve as role models, and they must do as they say and live up to their promises. Within the Political Bureau, I will start with myself.”

Following the release of the Eight-point Decision on Improving Party and Government Conduct, a series of measures on work practices are being issued.