On February 4, 2016, Xinhua reported that the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the General Office of State Council issued a new directive on retired officials.
According to the new directive, retired officials are required "to keep the political character of loyalty to the Party at all times and to conscientiously maintain a high degree of consistency with the Party’s Central Committee headed by Xi Jinping, in their thoughts, in their political views, and in their actions."
The new directive requires that retired officials be guided "to establish a firm sense of discipline and of the rules, and to abide strictly by political discipline and political rules." Retired officials must conduct themselves in compliance with the Party’s charter and disciplinary regulations and must stand firm on major issues.
Source: Xinhua, February 4, 2016