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Sharing Ideas and Making Recommendations to Meet Challenges --2020 Annual Meeting of Counsellors’ Offices and Institutes for Culture and History

Date: 2020-06-09

The 2020 annual meeting of counsellors’ offices and institutes for culture and history across China kicked off online on the morning of 8 June. Participants gathered to review the work since 2019 and plan for the next few months of 2020 to make new progress in fulfilling the mandate of the offices and institutes, and support the implementation of the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a new era, the guidelines released at the 19th National Congress and its second, third, and fourth plenary sessions of the Communist Party of China, the instructions of the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and the goals set for the offices and institutes by the leadership of the State Council. Participants agreed to follow firmly the leadership of the CPC, rally the widest possible support, and provide more practical advice for China to tackle the twin challenges of maintaining growth and controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, modernize its national governance system and capacity, win a decisive battle against poverty, and realize the goal of building a moderately prosperous society. They vowed to make continued contribution to see socialism with Chinese characteristics score more victories in the new era.

Mr. Wang Zhongwei, General Secretary of the CPC Group and Chairman of the COSC, addressed the meeting; Mr. Yuan Xingpei, President of the Central Institute for Culture and History, chaired the meeting.


2020 Annual Meeting

Reviewing the progress made by the offices and institutes in the past year, Mr. Wang noted that the mechanism of state affairs counseling marked its 70th anniversary together with the People’s Republic of China in 2019. Following the guidance of the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a new era and the guidelines of the 19th CPC National Congress and the second, third, and fourth plenary sessions, research institutes for culture and history joined the awareness campaign to renew commitment to the original goals of the CPC, worked tirelessly and creatively to offer advice, exercised democratic supervision, and built consensus to support the making and implementation of significant state policies. Facing the sudden outbreak of the pandemic, the institutes acted promptly to counter its adverse impact, demonstrating a real commitment to the wellbeing of the Chinese people and a great sense of responsibility.

Looking ahead into the next few months of 2020, he encouraged fellows to pool their intelligence in the direction pointed out by President Xi Jinping in a number of speeches delivered during the 2020 annual sessions of the NPC and the CPPCC and address the challenges in realizing the goals outlined in the government work report to contribute to the overall reform, development, and stability of the CPC and the country.

He identified the priority areas for fellows and researchers to focus their mind on, including the goal to ensure stability in employment, financial operations, foreign trade, foreign investment, domestic investment, and expectations; ensure security in job, basic living needs, operations of market entities, food and energy security, stable industrial and supply chains, and the normal functioning of primary-level governments; maintaining good economic fundamentals; the three tough battles of preventing and defusing financial risks, targeted poverty alleviation and pollution control; winning a decisive battle against poverty; completing the building of a moderately prosperous society; the compiling of the 14th five-year development plan and the main areas of challenge facing China in these five years. He emphasized the importance to fully appreciate the principles of the fourth plenary session of the 19th CPC National Congress and zoom in on the most pressing topics in modernizing the national governance system and capacity. He called on the institutes to dig deeper into history for development and governance lessons and prepare for the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Central Institute for Culture and History next year. He said the offices and institutes should be optimized top-down to better follow the CPC’s leadership, mobilize social support, and provide more useful advice in a bid to strengthen its own system of work. According to him, engagement with foreign think tanks should be promoted to increase international awareness of the Chinese culture and build friendships; the institutes should be politically fortified and improve its style and capacity of work; and a better environment should be offered for counsellors, researchers and research fellows to provide ideas and advice.

Noting the importance and noble mission of research institutes, Wang called on fellows to rally around the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, hold high the banner of the socialism with Chinese characteristics, follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a new era, and make hard efforts to contribute to the goals of the nation. He encouraged participants to build stronger advisory institutions and make new contribution to the modernization of the state governance system and capacity, the building of a moderately prosperous society, and win new victories for socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Yuan required the participants to timely report the message of the annual meeting to the CPC organs and governments at their corresponding levels, and share the information with all fellows and staff members to unify the thinking and bring about real actions and new progress.

Other speakers at the meeting includes Jiang Ping, General Secretary of the CPC Group in the Counsellors’ Office of Shanghai Municipal Government, Yang Lin, Deputy Director of the General Office of Chongqing Municipal Government, Yang Hanqing, General Secretary of the CPC Group in the Counsellors’ Office of Guangdong Provincial Government and Director of the Office, and Zhang Chunfeng, president of the research institute for culture and history of Shenyang City. Presentations were made about the new practices of different research institutes and the positive results.


Representatives of local offices and institutes making presentations online