Among other things, it said that the greatest strength of China’s socialist system was the party’s leadership and that the party was the highest force for political leadership, Xinhua reported. “The party exercises overall leadership over all areas of endeavour in every part of the country.”
On the same day, The New York Times published a bombshell report online saying that Washington was considering banning Communist Party members and their families from the
United States. Such a sweeping ban could put as many as 300 million Chinese nationals under a cloud and prevent them from setting foot in the country.