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Chinese Communist Party Standards on Integrity and Self-Restraint - comment.

--> The Chinese Communist Party Standards on Integrity and Self Restraint (the Standards - here, in Chinese) were adopted by the CCP Central Committee on October 12, together with the CCP Regulations on Disciplinary Punishments (here, in Chinese). This post offers a short and very simple commentary on the Standards. 

Together with the Regulations on Disciplinary Punishment, the Standards are one of the most important pieces of Party legislation. The Regulations on Disciplinary Punishment define certain conducts as violations of Party discipline and specify the punishment associated with each one of them. The Standards, as they were enacted in 1997 (here - Chinese) and amended in February 2010 (here - in Chinese), aimed at "regulating the honest performance of official duties" (规范廉政从政行为). 
As I have explained elsewhere, the Standards did more than specify a set of principles of conducts Party cadres should have followed: they proscribed a broad range of behaviors. Most of…

Thoughts on NGOs and the Opinion on Party Building in Social Organizations

On September 28 the CCP General Office issued the Opinion on the Work of Strengthening Party Building in Social Organizations (for trial implementation) [here, in Chinese]. The Opinion mandates the establishment of Party leading groups in all social organizations, a broad term which includes foreign-funded NGOs. 
I am not translating or summarizing the Opinion. A partial translation is already available on China Law Translate, and I invite all those interested to contribute to it. Summaries of the Opinion will be published very soon by the finest scholars in the field of Chinese civil society. Coming, as it does, in the immediate aftermath of the debate over the Foreign NGOs Management Law (a debate about which I have written  elsewhere) the Opinion might be seen as the latest move in a sustained attempt to suffocate the foreign-funded non-profit sector in China. 
A similar interpretation would be consistent with the premises of an interpretive scheme postulating that any legislative or…