Chi­nese cel­e­brate CPC’S 98th birth­day

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Zhang Han

Chi­nese peo­ple across the coun­try cel­e­brated the 98th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) on Mon­day.

The Party’s flag­ship mag­a­zine Qiushi on Mon­day pub­lished the speech of the Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of CPC Central Com­mit­tee Xi Jin­ping at a key meet­ing on May 31 to launch a cam­paign themed “stay­ing true to our found­ing mis­sion” among all Party mem­bers.

Xi, also Chi­nese pres­i­dent and chair­man of the Central Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, noted in his speech that seeking hap­pi­ness for the Chi­nese peo­ple and re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion is the Party’s orig­i­nal as­pi­ra­tion and mis­sion, and the fun­da­men­tal driv­ing force be­hind the heroic fight of gen­er­a­tions of CPC mem­bers.

Xi’s speech was echoed by Party mem­bers on the internet, with many vow­ing to forge ahead with the orig­i­nal as­pi­ra­tion.

Many Party mem­bers also vowed to learn from Huang Wenxiu, a vil­lage official who died on June 17 in a moun­tain tor­rent at the age of 30, and de­vote them­selves to seeking hap­pi­ness for the peo­ple.

Af­ter com­plet­ing her grad­u­ate stud­ies, Huang gave up the op­por­tu­nity of work­ing in big cities and re­turned to her home­town, where she devoted her­self to the cause of poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, Xi noted in a re­cent in­struc­tion hon­or­ing Huang, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

Xi stressed that Huang’s bril­liant young life shows how CPC mem­bers are stay­ing true to the Party’s found­ing mis­sion of seeking hap­pi­ness for the Chi­nese peo­ple and the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion.

The num­ber of Party mem­bers in China has sur­passed 90 mil­lion, with a third of them born in the 1980s and 1990s, ac­cord­ing to the Or­ga­ni­za­tion Depart­ment of the CPC Central Com­mit­tee.

Ne­ti­zens who are not CPC mem­bers also ex­pressed their best wishes to the Party and the coun­try.

“Stay true to the found­ing mis­sion and be young for­ever. Happy birth­day my Party!” one ne­ti­zen said on China’s Twit­ter-like Sina Weibo.

“We’ve with­stood the winds and storms in the past 98 years, noth­ing can beat us,” said an­other.

Some net users also posted their pho­tos with Party-re­lated land­marks, sculp­tures and Party flags, to cel­e­brate the day.

Var­i­ous cel­e­bra­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing com­mem­o­ra­tive con­fer­ences, tours to pa­tri­otic ed­u­ca­tion bases and those to go over the Party ad­mis­sion oath, were also held across China.

Southwest China’s Ti­bet Au­ton­o­mous Re­gions staged a per­for­mance fea­tur­ing dances and songs about how the Party had led the re­gion to de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity. Quiz con­tests on Party his­tory and the­o­ries were also held in the re­gion.

Old revolution­ary bases, such as Yi­meng in East China’s Shan­dong Prov­ince, or­ga­nized tourists to sing songs ex­tolling the Party’s heroic fight be­fore the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China.

An­a­lysts said that cel­e­bra­tions held by Party and non-party mem­bers showed the Chi­nese peo­ple’s sup­port for the Party.

With­out the lead­ing role of the CPC, China’s po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and so­cial de­vel­op­ment would be unimag­in­able, Zhi Zhen­feng, a le­gal expert at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences in Bei­jing, told the Global Times on Mon­day.

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