*CPC holds symposium to commemorate late Premier Zhou Enlai *
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2018-03-01 20:41 GMT+8
Updated 2018-03-01 22:10 GMT+8
The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Thursday held a
symposium to commemorate the 120th anniversary of late Premier Zhou Enlai's
birthday in Beijing.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the CPC Central
Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, called on Party
members to learn from Zhou and strive to realize the great ideal of
Communism while delivering a speech at the symposium.
Xi said that the route of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new
era has been made and China is striving for the great national
rejuvenation, adding that the great goal of modernization, which was in
Zhou's mind, will be fully achieved in the near future.
The symposium was presided over by Li Keqiang, a member of the Standing
Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee. Members of
the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee
Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, and Han Zheng also attended
"Every time we mention Zhou's name, we feel warm and proud," Xi said,
praising his great contributions and lofty spirit which has been enshrined
in the hearts of the Chinese people and those around the world who pursue
peace and justice.
This photo was taken on Jan. 8, 1976, when then Premier Zhou Enlai died at
age 78 in Beijing. People are carrying Premier Zhou's portrait to the
Monument to the People's Heroes. /Xinhua Photo
Zhou's noble character and great manner have inspired and nurtured CPC
members generation after generation, Xi said.
Xi reiterated that Zhou was an outstanding role model who remained true to
the original aspiration and kept the faith.
"We should never forget that we are communists and revolutionists, nor
should we lose ideals and faith at any time," Xi said, urging adherence to
and development of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
Referring to Zhou as a loyal Party member who maintained the overall
situation, Xi urged Party members to strictly observe political discipline
and rules, maintain Party solidarity and unity, closely follow the CPC
Central Committee in terms of thinking, political orientation, and actions,
and follow the Party's political line.
"We must regard it as our fundamental political responsibility to be loyal
to the Party, share the Party's concerns, fulfill our obligations to the
Party, and work for the people's wellbeing, and forever preserve the
political character of communists," Xi added.
"Zhou loved the people and diligently worked for the people," Xi said,
adding that the people have expressed their most sincere love for Zhou in
He called on the whole Party to adhere to the Party's commitment to serving
the public good, exercise power in the interests of the people, and observe
the Party's fundamental purpose of wholeheartedly serving the people.
Millions of people gathered at Chang'an Avenue, crying and mourning for the
beloved then Premier Zhou in Beijing on Jan. 11, 1976. The hearse carrying
Premier Zhou's remains is going through Tiananmen Square. /Xinhua Photo
"Zhou always sought self-improvement," Xi said, encouraging adherence to
the Party spirit and constant strengthening of its ability to purify,
improve, reform, and excel itself.
"Zhou was responsible and spared no effort in his work," Xi said. "We
should learn from him and have the perseverance to hammer away until every
policy and decision made by the 19th CPC National Congress is done."
Xi said Zhou was strict with himself and was an upright person. He asked
every Party member to be "a dignified and honest communist" who resists
corruption and privilege, consciously accepts oversight of the people, and
reveres the people, the Party, and the law.
Li urged Party members to rally closely around the CPC Central Committee
with Xi at the core, forge ahead with determination and engage in hard work
under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese
Characteristics for a New Era.