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Weekly Report 3|7 11.9.2019-11.15.2019
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The Central Committee released new guidelines for party member education and training and, with the State Council, guidelines for patriotic education (see Senior Leaders section).  

At the BRICS Summit in Brazil, Xi Jinping made a statement on Hong Kong that was highlighted in official media (see Senior Leaders section). 

Qiushi published a speech by Xi Jinping on the salience on the Communist Manifesto for contemporary Chinese communists (see Propaganda Work section). 

United Front Work Department Head You Quan explained the Fourth Plenum’s significance for united front work (see United Front section). 

The Central Military Commission held a conference on promoting the “grassroots construction” of the military (see CMC section). Senior Leaders
CCP Central Committee General Office Publishes “2019-2023 National Party Member Education and Training…
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Selling the Silk Road Spirit

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