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Hu calls for carrying on Chairman Mao's great cause

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held a seminar at the Great Hall of the People Friday, marking the 110th anniversary of the birth of late Chairman Mao Zedong. Hu Jintao, Chinese president and general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has called for carrying on the great cause of the older generation of Chinese revolutionaries as the best way to commemorate the late Chairman Mao Zedong.


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Birth anniversary of late Chairman Mao
Hu Jintao, Chinese president and general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has called for carrying on the great cause of the older generation of Chinese revolutionaries as the best way to commemorate the late Chairman Mao Zedong.

It was the great ideal of Mao, Deng Xiaoping and their comrades-in-arms to realize China's modernization, complete reunification of the motherland, and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, Hu said.

Hu made these remarks in a keynote speech on Dec.26 at a CPC Central Committee workshop in commemoration of the 110th anniversary of Mao's birth. Mao is regarded as a great Marxist, and the founder of the CPC, the Chinese People's Liberation Army and the People's Republic of China.

Other top CPC officials attending the gathering included Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Huang Ju, Wu Guanzheng, Li Changchun, and Luo Gan. Zeng Qinghong presided at the meeting.


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In his address, Hu recalled Mao's achievements, and summarized the outstanding contributions made to the revolution and the development of China by the Chinese communists with Mao as their top representative, who have developed Mao Zedong Thought, namely, Marxism with Chinese characteristics.

Hu pledged to continue taking the socialist road with Chinese characteristics, which was created by Deng Xiaoping, the core of the second-generation central leadership, and continued by Jiang Zemin, the core of the third-generation central leadership.

He said that Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of "Three Represents" embody the interests of the overwhelming majority of the Chinese people. They have come down in one line, and must always be adhered to by the Party, he stressed.

Hu called for adhering to the principles of ideological emancipation, seeking truth from facts and keeping pace with the times.

In the new century and the new period, the tasks for the Party and the Chinese people are to tightly grasp and make full use of the important strategic opportunities, and concentrate all powers to build an overall well-off society that will benefit the whole Chinese people.

In his speech, Hu reminded the audience of China's top issues, including the development of a socialist market economy, implementation of political reforms, the reunification of the motherland, and the country's peace-loving and self-reliant foreign policy.

At the end of his speech, Hu said, "China is a great country with a civilization of several thousand years. The Chinese people are a great people who have created a splendid civilization, and the Chinese nation is a great nation with the spirit of constantly striving to become stronger and stronger. If we advance along the broad road opened up by Marxist truth constantly, we are sure to overcome all kinds of difficulties, risks and challenges, and to reach the goal of socialist modernization in triumph."

Before the workshop, Hu and other top officials paid tribute at the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall in Tiananmen Square, in central Beijing, where they each bowed three times to a statue of Mao.

Born on Dec. 26, 1893, Mao founded the CPC, the Chinese People's Liberation Army, and the People's Republic of China. He died on Sept. 9, 1976.

A number of activities have been launched or planned to commemorate Mao across the country.

An official concert is scheduled to be held Friday evening at the Great Hall of the People in honor of the late leader.

Feng Yuan, director of the Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture, said Mao devoted his life to his motherland and people, and all Chinese remember his great contribution to the country.


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