三严三实 The Three Guidelines for Ethical Behavior and the Three Basic Rules of Conduct
The initiative to implement the three guidelines for ethical behavior and the three basic rules of conduct (the 3+3 Initiative) was proposed by Xi Jinping. It calls upon officials at all levels to be strict with themselves in self-cultivation, in the exercise of power, and in self-discipline, and act in good faith when performing official duties, taking initiatives, and interacting with others.
Through self-cultivation officials are expected to enhance their awareness of the ethical standards of the Party, stand firm in support of its ideals and principles, cultivate integrity, pursue lofty goals, distance themselves from vulgar interests, and resist unhealthy practices and evil influences. Prudence in the exercise of power emphasizes the importance of using power in the interests of the people, and in accordance with rules and regulations. Officials are expected to keep the exercise of power within the confines of institutional checks, and neither seek privileges nor abuse power for personal gain at any time. Self-discipline promotes respect for the rule of law, diligence in self-examination, and strict adherence to Party discipline and state laws.
Good faith in performing official duties entails due diligence in decision-making to ensure that all ideas, policies, and plans are context-appropriate, in line with actual conditions, and on well-conceived and rational basis. We should avoid being overly ambitious and divorced from reality. Good faith in taking initiatives requires down-to-earth wisdom, results orientation, and accountability for our actions. We should be willing to face up to problems, and be adept at solving them, and strive to achieve real results that can stand the test of time. Good faith in interacting with others calls for honesty in our daily life and work. We should always talk the talk, and walk the walk.