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UPDATED: 11:25, August 22, 2004
Deng's creative ideas strong theoretical guidance to China: Hu
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The creative ideas of late leader Deng Xiaoping and the policies he put forward have provided a strong theoretical guidance to the continuous development of the cause of the Party and people, top Party leader Hu Jintao said here Sunday.

At a grand gathering to commemorate Deng's birth centenary, Hu, general secretary of the Communist Part of China Central Committee and state president, paid high tribute to the late leader.

He said that Deng, with his great political courage and creative ideas, had developed Marxism and brought the socialist cause with Chinese characteristics into a new stage.

"The most distinctive feature of Comrade Deng Xiaoping's scientific world outlook is emancipating the mind and seeking truth from facts," Hu said.

Stressing that practice is the sole criterion of truth, Deng was a master in summing up new experience, putting forward new proposals and opening up new roads from the latest practices and under new situation, said Hu.

With his deep understanding of Marxism and great political foresight, Deng for the first time gave a systematic answer on how to build, consolidate and further develop socialism in an economically and culturally backward country like China and gave a complete definition of socialism in the preliminary stage.

Hu listed some of Deng's outstanding theoretical creations suchas concentrating on development, allowing some regions and people to get rich first so they can help others for common prosperity, and planning and the market are only means of economic development rather than the symbols of socialism and capitalism.

Deng was also credited by Hu for advocating the household responsibility system in agricultural production, the reform of the Party and government's leadership system and the abolition of the life-long tenure system of cadres, and the scientific idea of "one country, two systems"

for settling the issues of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao.

Source: Xinhua

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