Liao Junbo

China Today (English) - - INTERNATIONAL INTERACTION - By staff re­porter LU RUCAI

LIAO Junbo is a true com­mu­nist. Every­thing he did was for the well­be­ing of his peo­ple. He pur­sued a dream, which is what the Chi­nese Dream is about.” This is just one of a del­uge of eu­lo­gis­tic com­ments posted on the web­site com­mem­o­rat­ing Liao Junbo.

Liao was vice mayor of Nan­ping City, Fu­jian Prov­ince, and also a mem­ber of the stand­ing com­mit­tee of the mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee. He was killed in a car ac­ci­dent last March while on duty. Within days more than 400,000 peo­ple had ex­pressed shock and sad­ness at the news on WeChat, and con­do­lences con­tinue to stream in to his me­mo­rial web­site to­day.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping called on all CPC mem­bers and of­fi­cials to learn from Liao Junbo. What was it about this lo­cal mag­is­trate that made mil­lions of Chi­nese love him?

A “Fore­man”

Liao Junbo’s daugh­ter Liao Zhiqi, who is to start post­grad­u­ate stud­ies in the fall, re­mem­bers how a class­mate asked her what her fa­ther’s work was, and she replied “a con­struc­tion fore­man.” That’s how her fa­ther de­scribed his work.

In 1995 Liao, then a 27-year-old mid­dle school physics teacher, was sent to work in the gen­eral of­fice of the mu­nici- pal CPC Com­mit­tee of Shaowu. Three years later he was ap­pointed mag­is­trate of the city’s Nakou Town. In the en­su­ing years he was trans­ferred to dif­fer­ent posts in lo­cal gov­ern­ments at var­i­ous lev­els, and also in an in­dus­trial con­sor­tium. At the time of his death he was vice mayor of Nan­ping and di­rec­tor of the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Com­mit­tee of Wuyi New District. In th­ese es­tab­lish­ments it was al­ways Liao who over­saw the con­struc­tion of in­fra­struc­ture. He wit­nessed the com­ple­tion of four in­dus­trial parks, half of the new district, and a long list of roads and bridges.

In 1998 Nakou Town was rav­aged by floods the like of which had not been seen for a cen­tury. Rather than giv­ing

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