WORDS OF WIS­DOM

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Ed­i­tor’s note: Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has re­ferred to Deng Xiaop­ing’s ideas many times in the past decade, when Xi was Party chief of Zhe­jiang prov­ince. Through public speeches or news­pa­pers ar­ti­cles, Xi told of­fi­cials that it was Deng who had spear­headed re­form and open­ing-up and im­proved the lives of the Chi­nese peo­ple. Th­ese ref­er­ences in­clude: “Com­rade Deng Xiaop­ing has re­it­er­ated many times that sta­bil­ity is the top pri­or­ity. With­out a sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment, we can hardly make any achieve­ments, and the progress we have made will be lost.” Dur­ing a con­fer­ence in Zhe­jiang prov­ince on May 10, 2004, when Xi was the pro­vin­cial Party sec­re­tary. “Com­rade Deng Xiaop­ing has stressed that so­cial­ist democ­racy and leg­is­la­tion are closely re­lated, and that we should make a set of laws, reg­u­la­tions and rules to le­git­imize democ­racy.” At a sem­i­nar of the Zhe­jiang Pro­vin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress, the lo­cal leg­is­la­ture, on Sept 14, 2004. “We should have our own ‘key prod­ucts’ and es­tab­lish our own world-renowned brands, or we will be bul­lied by oth­ers.” Quot­ing Deng’s speech dur­ing a visit to South China’s Guang­dong prov­ince in 1992 as he urged lo­cal of­fi­cials and en­trepreneurs to build up more fa­mous brands, at an economic con­fer­ence in Zhe­jiang prov­ince on Dec 20, 2004. “I am a son of the Chi­nese peo­ple. I love my coun­try and peo­ple deeply.” Quot­ing Deng’s fa­mous words in an ar­ti­cle to urge of­fi­cials to get close to the peo­ple. The ar­ti­cle was pub­lished in Zhe­jiang Daily on July 17, 2003. “Com­rade Deng Xiaop­ing said that study is the ba­sis for progress; and when fac­ing new prob­lems, our Party should keep study­ing, the Party mem­bers should keep study­ing, and we Chi­nese should keep study­ing.” From an ar­ti­cle quot­ing what Deng had said in May 1951. The ar­ti­cle was pub­lished on March 29, 2004, in Zhe­jiang Daily. “In the early 1980s, Com­rade Deng Xiaop­ing pointed out the harm­ful ef­fects of of­fi­cials’ priv­i­leges. He said, ‘Some lead­ers deem them­selves as lords, rather than ser­vants of the peo­ple. They en­joy priv­i­leges, which has caused dis­sat­is­fac­tion among the peo­ple and ru­ined the Party’s im­age. If this sit­u­a­tion does not change, our lead­ers will be fac­ing cor­rup­tion.’” From an ar­ti­cle quot­ing Deng’s words in Au­gust 1980. The ar­ti­cle urg­ing of­fi­cials to serve the peo­ple was pub­lished in Zhe­jiang Daily on Feb 5, 2007.

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