Communist Party's September Plenum to Focus on Internal Reform, but not Political Reform (subscription-only)

September 15, 2004

South China Morning Post analyst concludes that the Party plenum later this month will focus on developing the Party-state's governing capacity. Wiest quotes unnamed analysts as saying that Party discipline will be a key focus, but that enforcement of the rule of law within the Party, part of anti-corruption regulations issued last January, will not be center-stage. Instead, as suggested by the June 29 Politburo meeting, the focus will be on relying on inner-Party democracy to build effective leadership.