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Xi Jinping Urges Secretaries to Increase Their Political Alignment

High-level CCP official Cai Qi delivered a message from Xi Jinping in a speech to China’s National Conference of Secretaries for Party Committees and Government Offices, urging the secretaries present to increase their political alignment with the CCP’s Central Committee. Cai Qi is a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo Standing Committee and the Director of the General Office of the CCP Central Committee. The National Conference convened in Beijing on September 13th and 14th.

The speech emphasized the need for a “new atmosphere” and working approach within the general offices of Party committees and government bodies. Such committees and bodies are typically run by secretaries supporting top officials. Xi’s message urged these secretaries to “enhance their political alignment, uphold the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, broaden their perspective to encompass the nation’s broader objectives, deepen the development of political institutions, steadfastly uphold the centralized and unified leadership of the Party Central Committee, and consistently align their ideology, politics, and actions with the Party Central Committee.”

{Editor’s Note: There have been rumors that the arrest of Li Yuchao, the former Commander of the Chinese Military’s Rocketry Division, was triggered by a report from his secretary, and that Li Yuchao privately disagreed with Xi Jinping’s plan to take Taiwan by military force. If the rumors are true, the incident with Li Yuchao’s secretary may have motivated Xi’s message to the secretary conference, encouraging secretaries to be loyal to Xi and the CCP’s Central Committee rather than to the officials they serve.}

Source: People’s Daily, September 15, 2023