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Grassroots Party organs devote to rural development


18:14, October 01, 2011

BEIJING, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- In the dust raised by a passing car, farmer Yang Shuwang stands by a dirt road in northwest China, his hair, eyebrows and shirt covered with grime.

"I never imagined that we would ever have a road to allow cars to drive into our village," Yang says with satisfaction.

Yang lives in Dongping village of Jingbian County in northwest China's Shaanxi Province. The village has 355 families scattered in more than 30 mountains.

The mountains have acted as a barrier for development in the years past, even after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Many farmers here still have a difficult time to get by due to the area's harsh conditions.

However, the area started seeing significant changes in 1995, when Zhang Liang, the former headmaster of the village's primary school, was elected as the chief of village's Party branch, a grassroots organ of Communist Party of China (CPC).

The CPC has about 600,000 similar grassroots organizations throughout the country's rural areas, aiming to boost the Party's influence in the countryside and play a positive role in the rural development.

Delivering a keynote speech on July 1 this year at a grand gathering to mark the 90th founding anniversary of the CPC, Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, said that success in China hinges on the Party.

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