Party must gain support of youth in fight for nation's future

14:53, July 14, 2011      

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A forward-looking nation always puts its attention on the young people and a forward-looking political party always considers the youth to be the most active power for promoting the social progress. Young people are the future and hope of the Party, which is the vivid reflection of history, the deep-felt call of reality and the ardent hope toward the prosperous motherland and national rejuvenation, said President Hu Jintao during his important speech on July. 1.

The great 90-year journey of the Party is the "song of youth." The Communist Party of China always represents the youth, wins the support of the youth and relies on the youth. A total of 13 Marxist believers with average age of only 20 years old created an epoch-making event in Chinese history 90 years ago. Many outstanding young Party members, such as Liu Hulan, Lei Feng, Zhang Haidi and Li Xiangqun, advanced wave upon wave over the past 90 years to make contributions for the Party's progress.

Communists that have followed and struggled for Marxism since they were young inherited the Party's spirit from generation to generation. Currently, nearly a quarter of the more than 80 million Party members in China are under the age of 35 years, which shows the strong attraction and appeal of the Party's cause to the younger generation.

Winning the youth is vital to the Party's future. Mao Zedong once regarded the youth as the rising sun in the early morning. Deng Xiaoping made clear that the generation of young people is the Party's hope of ensuring the prosperity of its cause. Jiang Zemin reiterated that "if the youth are prosperous, the country will be prosperous. If the youth are strong, the country will be strong."

Hu Jintao's remarks during a major speech on July 1 stressed that "young people represent the future of both China and its people. They also represent the future and hope of the Party." As the Party has always paid great attention to the roles played by the youth in the periods of revolution, construction and reform and attached particular importance to work relating to the youth over the past 90 years, it has been able to continuously achieve glorious successes for its great cause like it did before.

History has proven that only the youth who link their own future with the destiny of their homeland can give full play to their talents. Generations of young Chinese people — patriotic youths marching toward Yan’an, socialist builders fully committed to the development of their homeland, the generation engaging in reform and opening-up in the 1980s as well as post-'80s and post-'90s generations embracing the Party's traditional revolutionary spirit — have proven through enthusiasm and practice that they have lived up to the high expectations of the Party and the people and will surely accomplish their mission in the future.

As the world, the country, and the Party have all undergone profound changes, people's interests and values are becoming increasingly diverse, making it more strategically important than ever before to emphasize and enhance the role of youth. The Party should make full use of its advanced and attractive theories, remarkable achievements and fine traditions to win the support of young people.

Party organizations at all levels must care about young people, listen to what they have to say, encourage their growth and promote entrepreneurship among them. At the same time, young people should cherish a lifelong love for the Party as well as their motherland and compatriots. They should cling to lofty ideals and firm convictions, acquire knowledge and skills, develop moral integrity and willpower and prepare themselves for hard work to become a useful person to the society and make contributions to the prosperity of the country and the well-being of the people.

The Party needs consistent youthfulness, vigor and courage to accomplish two grand goals. The first goal is to build a moderately prosperous society of a higher level to the benefit of more than 1 billion people by the centennial of the founding of the Party. The second goal is to realize basic modernization by the centennial of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The Party’s ultimate goal is to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Li Dazhao, one of the founders of the Party, called on young people to devote themselves to pushing forward the progress of human civilization and promoting the well-being and lasting youthfulness of humanity. Only when the Party keeps recruiting open-minded, ambitious, passionate and innovative young people who can keep up with the times and have the courage and determination to carry through reforms, will it maintain vitality forever and will China become more and more prosperous and powerful.

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(Editor:张茜)

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