Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, presides over the meeting of criticism and self-criticism and delivers an important speech in Beijing. The meeting was held in Beijing from Dec 24 to 25. [Photo/Xinhua] Xi emphasizes following direction of socialism with Chinese characteristics A meeting of the core leadership of the Communist Party of China has stressed the importance of enhancing political building, improving political capacity and upholding a people-centered philosophy. The two-day meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, which wrapped up on Friday, also highlighted the need for members of the Party to keep enhancing their political judgment, savvy and effectiveness. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, presided over the meeting and delivered an important speech. The meeting reviewed a report from the bureau on practicing the eight-point frugality rules and a report on solving the problem of the practice of formalities for formalities' sake and reducing the burden at the primary levels. Members of the bureau spoke one after another at the meeting and examined themselves on aspects including upholding Party leadership, assuming their responsibilities and promoting high-quality development. Meeting participants highlighted what was an extraordinary year for the People's Republic of China, the Chinese people and humankind.