Chinese authorities want officials to receive intense education to increase their faith in Communism and to curb corruption. The Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee says that because of socio-economic changes in China and abroad, officials have lost their faith and are in a state of moral decline.
They say that the conviction and morals of officials has a real effect on the country and if officials do not keep a firm belief in Marxism and stay away from the clamor for Western democracy, universal values, and civil society, the CPC is at risk, according to an article in Xinhua English News.
The solution, say authorities, is an education in national and world conditions to strengthen officials’ political, ideological, and emotional identity in socialism with Chinese characteristics. They pledge to improve officials’ morals and expect them to be noble, pure, and virtuous, and to relinquish their vulgar tastes.
“Chinese officials should safeguard the spiritual independence of the nation and avoid becoming an echo of Western moral values,” it warned.
The Chinese anti-corruption push has caused several officials to be stripped of their CPC membership and their official jobs because of adultery, a discipline violation, which heretofore would have been ignored.
According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the foremost state-run think tank, the most important standards for evaluating officials are political discipline and ideology. Although the Communist party had close to 87 million members in 2013, the number has been falling since 2012, even though membership in the party is mandatory for many local and national government jobs.
Since October 1949, the largest Communist Party in the world has ruled the country. Ideological persuasions, and sometimes violent human cleansing, have always been a part of the Communist party methodology, especially if leaders feel threatened or there are internal political threats, says Arthur Dominic Villasanta, writing for China Topix.
ChinaNews.com reports that Chinese authorities also said that party officials were being influenced by superstition and religion. It added that an anonymous Beijing-based professor of political science told the Global Times that China should have its own core values system in order to resist Western values.
“The present problem is not a result of the penetration of Western ideology. The policy of reform and opening up doesn’t only apply to building [the physical aspects of our] civilization, but should [be applied to] spiritual and cultural life as well,” said the professor.
President Xi Jinping has mounted a dramatic campaign against corruption, writes Reuters. He is attempting to stop bribery, gift-giving, and lavish banquets designed to temper public anger over political graft and extravagance.
The state media has published accounts of public officials with mistresses and and corruptly amassed riches. Instead of setting up an independent entity to come against the graft, Xi has determined that party officials will receive education in how to be good Communists.
Xinhua English News also reports that the Communist Party of China’s anti-corruption battle was one of the most important issues in China this summer. A survey released by the China Youth Daily showed that of the top 20 issues ranked in a “public opinion index”, seven were related to the fall of senior officials.