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Xi Jinping on Political Discipline

On January 9, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party published the highlights from Xi Jinping’s speeches given in recent years on abiding by the Communist Party’s discipline and rules. It had Xi’s quote as the title, “In Politics there are Some Things One Should Absolutely Never Do; Otherwise, One Must Pay for it.” 

October 23, 2014, at the Second Meeting of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee, Xi made the following remarks: 
 “Corruption is corruption; political problems [opposing Xi’s leadership] are political problems. [We] cannot talk about the problem of corruption without talking about political problems. Party officials who have political problems have caused harm to the Party in the same way that corruption has. In some cases, the harm has been even more damaging than corruption." 
“Similarly, on political issues, no one can cross the red line [bottom-line]. If anyone crosses the red line, they will undergo a serious investigation and be held accountable politically. In politics there are some things one should absolutely never do; otherwise, one must pay for it. No one can take political discipline and political rules as a trifling matter.” 
Source: The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party website reprinted by Xinhua, January 10, 2016