A symposium was held on Friday to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of Hu Yaobang, the late senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice-President Zeng Qinghong and Wu Guanzheng, secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, attended the official commemoration organized by the CPC Central Committee.
"Comrade Hu Yaobang was a long-tested and staunch communist warrior, a great proletarian revolutionist and statesman, an outstanding political leader for the Chinese army, and a prominent leader who had long held crucial leading posts of the CPC," said Vice-President Zeng while addressing the event.
In his revolutionary career of six decades, Hu "contributed all his life and built immortal merits for the liberation and happiness of the Chinese people, for the development and prosperity of Chinese socialism, for the implementation of the reform and opening-up policy as well as for the country's modernization drive," Zeng said.
"His historic achievements and moral character will forever be remembered by the Party and people," Zeng stressed, adding that Hu lived a glorious life of a Marxist.
Hu was born on November 20, 1915, to a poor peasant family in Central China's Hunan Province. He joined the CPC in September, 1933.
At the landmark Third Plenum of the 11th CPC Central Committee in December 1978, Hu was elected a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
In February, 1980, Hu was elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, a post he took again in September 1982.
In November 1987, he was elected a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee. Hu died in April, 1989, of a heart attack.
After leading the CPC Central Committee Organization Department at the end of 1977, Hu helped correct numerous misjudged cases during the "cultural revolution" (1966-1976).
"He complied with the will of people, and with extraordinary courage and bravery, carried out the painstaking work" of exonerating more than 3 million purged cadres, Zeng said.
"The masses have held him in high esteem."
Hu never received higher education, but he always stressed the importance of knowledge and intellectuals for a modern China.
"Without intellectuals," he once said, "we could not achieve the four modernizations in industry, agriculture, national defence and science and technology."
Zeng called on all Party members to learn from Hu's merits of "caring for the overall situation and frankness."
He also praised Hu for safeguarding interests of the Party and the people.
"Hu maintained close ties with the masses, and was concerned about their suffering...He personally handled a lot of letters from the public, and tried his best to help them solve their difficulties. He has set an example of serving the people wholeheartedly," Zeng said.
About 350 senior officials and celebrities, including Hu's relatives, attended the commemoration.
Source: China Daily