In his opening speech to the 18th Party Congress Hu spoke for 101-minutes about… something. This is, after all, the Communist Party Congress, soaring rhetoric there was not. Some highlights and interpretations of Hu’s speech below.
“If we fail to handle this issue [of corruption] well, it could prove fatal to the party, and even cause the collapse of the party and the fall of the state. We must thus make unremitting efforts to combat corruption,” Hu said in a nearly two-hour speech.
“All those who violate party discipline and state laws, whoever they are and whatever power or official positions they have, must be brought to justice without mercy,” Hu told delegates, one of whom was his predecessor, Jiang Zemin.
“Leading officials, especially high-ranking officials, must … exercise strict self-discipline and strengthen education and supervision over their families and their staff; and they should never seek any privilege.”
“We should … give full play to the strength of the socialist political system and draw on the political achievements of other societies. However, we will never copy a Western political system,” Hu said.
“We must continue to make both active and prudent efforts to carry out the reform of the political structure, and make people’s democracy more extensive, fuller in scope and sounder in practice,” Hu said in a keynote address at the opening of the CPC’s 18th National Congress.
“We should attach greater importance to improving the system of democracy and diversifying the forms of democracy to ensure that the people conduct democratic elections, decision-making, administration and oversight in accordance with the law,” he said.
“Together with Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of Three Represents, the Scientific Outlook on Development is the theoretical guidance the Party must adhere to for a long time,” Hu told about 2,300 delegates at the opening of the Party’s 18th National Congress.
Hu would dearly love for his scientific development concepts, which has been the official guiding socio-economic ideology of the Party during his tenure, to become as integral to CPC narrative as Mao and Deng’s own ideologies.
The Scientific Outlook on Development was created by integrating Marxism with the reality of contemporary China and with the underlying features of our times, and it fully embodies the Marxist worldview on and methodology for development, he said.
“This theory provides new scientific answers to the major questions of what kind of development China should achieve in a new environment and how the country should achieve it,” Hu said.