Spi­rit of Chi­na’s Long March still ap­pli­ca­ble to­day

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

CHI­NA - Now is an op­por­tu­ne ti­me for Chi­na and the who­le world to dis­cuss and draw strength from the mi­li­ta­ry mar­vel of the Long March -- with will and wis­dom, we can ma­ke the im­pos­si­ble pos­si­ble!

Eigh­ty ye­ars ago, the Com­mu­nist Par­ty of Chi­na (CPC) de­cla­red the suc­ces­sful com­ple­ti­on of the Long March, a two-year ad­ven­tu­re of gre­at da­ring in which the Red Ar­my of the CPC eva­ded the pur­s­uit of the Kuom­in­tang and trud­ged over 12,500 km on foot to reach its fi­nal des­ti­na­ti­on in north­wes­tern Chi­na. In less than 15 ye­ars af­ter the jaw-drop­ping feat, with the sa­me wis­dom and con­vic­ti­on that on­ce led the long­te­sted par­ty out of gun­fire, hun­ger and de­ath du­ring the Long March, the CPC ca­me to po­wer and em­bar­ked on a new march for na­ti­o­nal sta­bi­li­ty and pros­pe­ri­ty, ano­ther “mis­si­on im­pos­si­ble” for the coun­try that had been stuck in di­vi­si­on, war­fa­re and po­ver­ty for mo­re than a cen­tu­ry. In 1978, Chi­na be­gan to ini­ti­a­te its re­form and ope­ning-up po­li­cy, a bold mo­ve that could be con­si­de­red a new Long March for the par­ty and the coun­try. In the last 35 ye­ars, Chi­na has ma­de a me­te­o­ric ri­se to be­co­me the world’s se­cond-lar­gest eco­no­my and the big­gest tra­ding na­ti­on. Sin­ce his­to­ry has pro­ved the vi­a­bi­li­ty and vi­ta­li­ty of Long March wis­dom, it is ad­vi­sa­ble for Chi­na and the who­le world, both chal­len­ged by a slew of fair­ly tough tas­ks ahead, to draw strength and wis­dom from the mar­vel of the Long March. The Long March tea­ches us first and fo­re­most to remain true to the con­vic­ti­on that our un­der­ta­kings, ho­we­ver stre­nuous and im­pos­si­ble they may seem, will suc­ceed in the end. In­do­mi­ta­bi­li­ty, the co­re of the Long March spi­rit, needs to be de­mon­stra­ted by Chi­na, which is now un­der­go­ing thor­ny eco­no­mic and po­li­ti­cal gover­nan­ce re­forms, and the who­le world, which has been un­der­go­ing a tepid eco­no­mic re­co­ve­ry and a re­fu­gee cri­sis. Se­cond, the Long March tea­ches us to al­ways con­si­der the wel­l­being of all man­kind, es­pe­ci­al­ly in the fa­ce of con­ser­va­tism and sel­fis­h­ness. The CPC’s po­li­cy would not ha­ve gar­ne­red pu­blic sup­port 80 ye­ars ago wit­hout con­si­de­ring the wel­l­being of the pe­o­p­le un­der­ta­king the Long March. In the sa­me sen­se, the on­go­ing re­forms in Chi­na and the who­le world will not suc­ceed if they can not re­pre­sent the in­te­rests of the vul­ne­ra­ble and dis­ad­van­ta­ged groups in the world. Last but not least, the Long March tea­ches us to remain rea­dy to ma­ke pain­sta­king break­throughs. Chi­na’s thriving and sta­bi­li­ty would be im­pos­si­ble wit­hout the CPC’s cou­ra­ge to break through the ene­mies’ en­cir­cle­ment and sub­mit to hards­hips along the way. The­re­fo­re, the who­le world must sha­ke off pro­tec­ti­o­nist im­pul­ses so as to help the wea­ker groups un­der­go pain­ful re­forms and re­build the pe­o­p­le’s con­fi­den­ce in a new glo­bal gover­nan­ce mo­del.


Vi­si­tors view chry­san­the­mum show at Long­ting Park in Kai­feng, cen­tral Chi­na’s Henan Pro­vin­ce.(Photo: XIN­HUA)

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