BEIJING, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Yang Jianzhong stares a dauntingly high stack of 3,000 applications for Communist Party of China (CPC) membership. As the Communist Party secretary at a private photovoltaic company, it's his job to deal with these applications.
"They are all qualified, but the quota is limited," said Yang, whose company run by "capitalists" excels not only in market competition but also "party building."
Yingli Solar, China's largest photovoltaic producer--boasting some 20 subsidiaries and a staff of 12,000--has registered a ten-fold increase in its party membership in three years.
Currently the company has 839 party members, 4.9 percent of its total staff, compared to 82 members in 2008, when the company first established a party committee. Among its 28 senior managers, 15 are CPC members.
The CPC has all along attached great importance to "party building," but previously the overwhelming majority of party organizations were based at traditional strongholds such as government agencies and state-owned enterprises, but now party organizations are becoming more prevalent in the private sector.
Such a trend was enabled by philosophical changes of the CPC. In November 2002, "The Three Represents" was coded into the Party Constitution at the 16th Party Congress, which required the CPC to represent the development trend of China's advanced productive forces, the orientation of the advanced culture and the fundamental interests of the overwhelming majority of the people.
Accordingly, party membership has been broadened to absorb outstanding personnel from the new social strata.
President Hu Jintao, also the general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, last year urged efforts to build grassroots party organizations in all social sectors to realize "universal coverage" of party organizations.
Statistics provided by Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee showed that, in the province alone, party organization had made its way into 66,000 non-public enterprises. The plan's objective is that all private companies with more than 80 staff members will set up party organizations by the end of the year.
Li Zongwei, the executive director and chief financial officer of Yingli, said the company, through party building, can learn good governance from the CPC.
He believes that running a company has much in common with running a country, and the CPC is running the nation well.