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Issue No. #256 | May 18, 2023

俗语 from Xi Jinping

以身作则 yǐ shēn zuòzé

Definition: Literally meaning "to take oneself as an example." It emphasizes the importance of leading by personal example, serving as a role model, and setting a good standard for others to follow.

Original: 中央政治局的同志要在主题教育中当表率。党的十八大以来,我反复强调领导干部在各个方面都要坚持以身作则、以上率下。实践证明,这是一种有效的领导方法和工作方法。

Background: This week, Qiushi published the text of a speech Xi Jinping delivered on March 30th at the fourth group study session of the Politburo of the 20th CPC Central Committee. The focus of the speech was on study and implementation of Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era (新时代中国特色社会主义思想).

Xi called on Politburo members to be models of ideological education, and emphasized that leading cadres should to lead by example.

Source: 在二十届中央政治局第四次集体学习时的讲话

Weekly Reading: National Systems to Enhance Combat Readiness in the War Zone

This week's reading needs no introduction as its title alone introduces the author and subject: "Western Theater General Commander Wang Haiqiang writes in Study Times: Utilizing Unified National Strategic Systems and Capabilities to Enhance War Zone Combat Readiness."

While this reading is long and full of specialized military jargon, it covers a wide range of military terminology we think readers would be interested in learning about.

In particular, we recommend focusing on the last section to develop a good sense of the current military strategic posture of the PLA. That section starts with: 依托一体化国家战略体系和能力提升战区备战打仗水平.


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