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China to stage programs promoting Lei Feng spirit

By Wu Wencong and Chen Xin  (China Daily)

08:30, February 28, 2012

BEIJING - Chinese Communist Party publicity officers have called for more efforts in promoting the spirit of Lei Feng, a member of the People's Liberation Army, who is widely known for selflessness.

The Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee said on Monday nine programs will be launched to promote the spirit of Lei Feng (1940-62).

Lei, a young soldier, is known as a role model symbolizing selflessness, dedication and thrift. He was killed during an accident while doing a task.

Lei became a household name after Chairman Mao Zedong called on the public to learn from him in 1963.

The nine programs include a "Chinese citizens' ethics forum" scheduled to be held each year in March. And every two years, a group of national morals models will be selected. Material support will be given to models in need to make their lives easier.

Lectures, exhibitions, and other means will be used to pass on Lei Feng's story to school students.

Shen Weichen, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, said academic organizations dedicated to studying Lei Feng will also be set up.

Luo Shugang, executive deputy head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, said Lei Feng's spirit should be widely promoted in society now.

"Though we have made great progress in building morality over the decades, we have also encountered some problems at the same time, such as the loss of good faith in certain fields and distortions of some people's values," Luo said.

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