China Commemorates 130th Anniversary Of Veteran Revolutionary Zhu De’s Birth
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday held a seminar to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the birth of veteran revolutionary Zhu De.
Chinese President and general-secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Xi Jinping, who spoke at the event, urged the Party, the military and the nation to learn from Mr Zhu and contribute to the cause pioneered by veteran revolutionaries. Members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, including Li Keqiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli, attended the seminar, which was chaired by Zhang Dejiang. Zhu De (1886 - 1976) was one of the major founders of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the People’s Republic of China. He was awarded the rank of marshal in 1955. Mr Zhu served as Commander-inChief of the PLA, vice chairman of the People’s Central Government, Chinese vice president and chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC). Mr Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said that in Mr Zhu’s almost 70-year revolutionary career, he contributed greatly to the Chinese revolution, the liberation of the people and the socialist cause. Mr Zhu’s spirit and morality are greatly valued by the Party and the people, according to Mr Xi. Mr Xi said people should learn from Zhu’s steadfast belief in pursuing truth. His faith in Marxism and communism is the political soul and spiritual pillar of communist party members. Mr Xi also lauded Mr Zhu’s absolute loyalty and being open and aboveboard, urging all comrades to remember that they are first and foremost Party members, and, with this in mind, they should fulfil the duties and missions designated by the Party. He urged people to learn from Mr Zhu’s “seeking truth from facts” and his being realistic and pragmatic, adding that “seeking truth from facts” is the essence of Marxism. “All the achievements we have made rely on ‘seeking truth from facts’ and we must rely on this concept to push forward socialism with Chinese characteristics,” Mr Xi noted. Mr Xi asked Party members to continue with activities that are beneficiary to the Party and the people, and to rectify anything that hinders such causes. Xinhua
Zhu De featured in the egg shell carving by Li, above, was one of the pioneers of the Chinese Communist Party