Upon its close on October 23, 2014, the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party Congress issued a communique on the subject of the rule of law.
The communique stated that the Party “must comprehensively advance the rule of law" in China. The overall goal is “to build a socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics and a socialist country under the rule of law.”
“The party’s leadership is consistent with the socialist rule of law. The socialist rule of law must uphold the Party’s leadership and the Party’s leadership must rely on the socialist rule of law.”
The communique emphasized that the Party’s leadership is the most essential feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the most fundamental guarantee of the socialist rule of law.
Source: Xinhua, October 23, 2014