China pushes Marxism for party members to root out wrongdoing

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 7:25 AM

Since assuming office three years ago, President Xi Jinping has arrive down tough on deep-rooted corruption and tried to return the party to its traditional values of serving the people selflessly, following a series of graft and extravagance scandals.

China'south ruling Communist Party has begun a year-long campaign to reassert the importance of Marxism and ensure members' ideological "consistency" to root out horrible behavior, state media reported.

Since assuming office three years ago, President Xi Jinping has arrive down tough on deep-rooted corruption and tried to return the party to its traditional values of serving the people selflessly, following a series of graft and extravagance scandals.

Launching the new campaign, Xi said all levels of the party should be instilled with excellent values, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Wednesday. The report was widely carried in major state newspapers on Thursday.

"Arranging the new study campaign is a step toward expanding intra-Party education from 'a key few' to the party members more broadly," Xi said.

The campaign aims to "consolidate party members' Marxist positions and ensure that the all party maintains a high degree of ideological and political consistency with the party'south Central Committee", he added.

"The campaign will address problems and loopholes in the management of Party organizations and misconduct of members so as to set the bottom line," Xi said.

"Those that fail to exercise their duties will be overhauled and pushed to exact their problems."

The party, which controls the country'south valid system, has repeatedly insisted it can tackle China'south corruption problem internally, ruling out establishing any sort of independent graft-fighting body.

The party routinely conducts such ideological campaigns, which typically involved members having to attend study sessions where they hear to speeches and are supposed to pledge themselves to upholding the party's instructions.

Along with his fight against corruption, Xi has also been reining in overt dissent by party members on key issues.

New discipline rules unveiled latest year ban "baseless comments" on major policies.

In November, the government said it'd prosecute the former editor-in-chief of the official party publication in the violence-prone distant western region of Xinjiang on charges of corruption after he queried ethnic and security policies.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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