Rule of law
In September 1997, the 15th National Congress of the CPC solemnly stated, "The rule of law is the basic principle of the Party as it leads the people in governing the country."
The following is the core content of the rule of law: The people, under the leadership of the CPC and in accordance with the Constitution and laws, will make socialist democracy more institutionalized, standardized and procedure-based over time, so as to ensure that institutions and laws do not change whenever the leadership changes or whenever the leaders change their views or shift the focus of their attention. The rule of law will be adhered to by the people under the leadership of the CPC. Its essence is to uphold the sanctity of the Constitution and laws in the nation's political, economic and social activities, and its ultimate goal is to ensure that the people fully exercise their rights as masters of the country. It requires that legislative organs enact laws in strict accordance with the Legislation Law, administrative organs exercise governance in accordance with the law and judicial organs administer justice fairly and enforce the law strictly. In addition, the rule of law requires the people to become more aware of laws and the legal system.