The Politburo met on Friday and reviewed four documents.
First was a report by the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) on the reports it had recently heard by the Party groups at the State Council, legislature, supreme court, supreme procuratorate, political advisory body, and the Central Committee’s secretariat (see January 8 Tip Sheet).
Why that matters: It’s a reminder of how Xi has asserted the authority of the Party over the state.
The second document was on strengthening the Party’s political work. Xi wants obedient believers (People.cn):
“Guaranteeing that the entire Party obeys the Center…is the primary political task.” “[We] must be resolute in our political beliefs…and purify the political environment.”
Third was a document on the rulesfor asking instructions from the Center.
Why that matters: The policy transmission and implementation mechanisms do not always work. Top leaders want to fix that.
Finally, the meeting reviewed a revised document on how to promote cadres. The doc puts being “red” above being expert:
“[We] must persist in putting political standards first [when evaluating cadres].”
Putting it all together: The meeting encapsulates Xi’s rule. The Party controls everything, and political purity is most important.
People.cn: 中共中央政治局召开会议 习近平主持会议