On January 19, 2016, the Party Committee of the Institute convened the “Three Stricts and Three Honests Honests (“be strict in morals, power and disciplining oneself; be honest in decisions, business and behavior”)” Democratic Life Meeting. Focused on the theme, the Institute heads reviewed the problems of “slackness and dishonesty” within their respective authorities, conducted in-depth Party spirit analysis and self-autopsy, undertook strict criticism and self-criticism, and pointed out solutions and the way ahead. The meeting was chaired by Party Chief WANG Jianhua. Discipline Inspection Team Leader WANG Yanpeng and Inspection Office Head LI Aihua of the Municipal Urban-Rural Planning Bureau offered guidance at the meeting.
Before the meeting, the Party Committee solicited opinions and suggestions from Party and non-party members at various departments/divisions through surveys and questionnaires. The well-prepared meeting brought the Institute heads together to study and discuss - topic by topic - the important speeches of General Secretary XI Jinping as well as the newly amended Guidelines of the Communist Party of China on Honesty and Self-discipline and Regulations of the Communist Party of China on Disciplinary Actions. The Institute heads also had heart-to-heart talks with one another and with department/division chiefs.
In his speech, WANG Jianhua got to the bottom of the problems facing the Party Committee, and pointed out solutions and the way ahead. The Institute heads then talked in turn about the deficiencies of themselves and their peers in moral integrity, personal behavior, power exercise, self-discipline, decision making and business handling. During self-criticism, they were particularly outspoken. Some fessed up to their lack of Party spirit and theoretical knowledge, some pledged to improve their work style and stay in closer touch with the grassroots, and some described their agenda as incoherent and ill-conceived. In the course of mutual criticism, they were bold enough to stick to principles and call a spade a spade, without compromising the interactive atmosphere and solidarity.
The meeting was, as WANG Yanpeng concluded, successful in three aspects: first, its clearly defined theme and foci met the demands of higher Party leadership groups; second, participants undertook candid criticism and self-criticism and took a deep dive into the problems; third, the meeting put forward unequivocal rectification targets and practical solutions. He then proposed four suggestions: first, leadership development should be furthered in strict compliance with the requirements of “three stricts and three honests”; second, to be good leaders, the Institute heads should continue to enhance learning, improve their work style and exercise power properly; third, the take-home messages from the meeting should be consistently observed; fourth, the double duties for each post should be rigorously implemented so as to ensure that the Party exercises self-discipline and is strict with its members, and that the Party’s discipline and rules are harsher than the law.