BEIJING -- The first central conference on work related to
overall law-based governance in the history of the Communist Party of
China (CPC) from Nov 16 to 17, 2020, marked the establishment of Xi
Jinping Thought on the Rule of Law and its status as the guiding thought
for law-based governance in China.
Formed in the course of law-based governance being promoted by the
CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core after the
Party's 18th national congress in 2012, the thought answers major
questions concerning why and how law-based governance should be
advanced, representing the latest achievement in adapting Marxist
theories on the rule of law to the Chinese context.
Under the guidance of the thought, the socialist rule of law with
Chinese characteristics is enjoying vibrant development, laying a solid
foundation in the pursuit of national rejuvenation.
The CPC has always attached great importance to ensuring that China's governance is based on law.
Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the CPC Central Committee has
specifically put forward promoting overall law-based governance, which
was incorporated into the four-pronged comprehensive strategy for the
The fourth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee in 2014 adopted a decision to advance the rule of law.
After the 19th CPC National Congress in 2017, the CPC Central
Committee established its Commission for Overall Law-based Governance
and made major decisions on promoting law-based governance in all
fields. Historic changes and achievements have since then been made in
developing the socialist rule of law in China.
In his speech at the November conference, Xi set forth requisites for
the current and future work on law-based governance in China. Known as
"11 upholds" in Chinese, they embody rich implications of Xi Jinping
Thought on the Rule of Law:
-- Upholding Party leadership on overall law-based governance.
-- Taking a people-centered approach.
-- Staying on the path of the socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics.
-- Adhering to Constitution-based governance.
-- Promoting the modernization of China's governance system and capacity along the path of the rule of law.
-- Adhering to a system of the socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics.
-- Pursuing coordinated progress in law-based governance, law-based
exercise of state power, and law-based government administration, and
promoting the integrated development of the rule of law for the country,
the government and the society.
-- Ensuring sound lawmaking, strict law enforcement, impartial
administration of justice, and the observance of the law by everyone.
-- Taking a coordinated approach to promoting the rule of law at home and in matters involving foreign parties.
-- Fostering a high-quality team of professionals with both integrity and ability for legal work.
-- Ensuring that leading officials at various levels faithfully
implement major decisions and plans made by the CPC Central Committee on
overall law-based governance.
In formulating the theoretical system of the socialist rule of law
with Chinese characteristics, Xi Jinping Thought on the Rule of Law
marked progress in the system of values with Chinese characteristics,
thus contributing Chinese wisdom to the world for advancing the rule of
As the world undergoes momentous changes unseen in a century, China
is in a critical period for realizing national rejuvenation and forging
ahead with all-out efforts to build a modern socialist country.
To provide a solid guarantee of the rule of law for the cause, it's
imperative to uphold Xi Jinping Thought on the Rule of Law as the
guiding thought for law-based governance, stay on the path of the
socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics, and promote the
modernization of the governance system and capacity along the path of
the rule of law.