Xi Jinping, General Secretary of Communist Party of China(CPC),Chairman of the Military Commission of the CPC Central Committee, addresses deputies from People's Liberation Army attending the annual legislative sessions in Beijing on December 3, 2014 (XINHUA)
On August 13, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attended a meeting of the Party branch he belongs to as an ordinary CPC member. This is the third time he has done this over the past three years.
To gain some insight into the context of Xi's attendance at the meeting, Beijing Review presents an edited excerpt of the news report about Xi's visit and his speech to members during the meeting based on People.com.cn's Chinese version for our readers' reference:
While all CPC members are looking forward to the opening of the 19th CPC National Congress, on the morning of August 13, 2017, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of the People's Republic of China, and Chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, took time out to attend a primary-level Party organization meeting of his Party branch and gave an important speech to the members.
In response to a notice calling on members to prepare for the 19th CPC National Congress issued by the General Office of the CPC Central Committee, the Party branch meeting focused on normalizing and institutionalizing "Two Studies, One Action" education [the campaign asking all Party members to study the Party Constitution and rules, as well as remarks made by General Secretary Xi Jinping, and to become qualified Party members]. During the meeting, branch members each shared their experience of such study.
Xi fully affirmed everyone's words and said the primary-level Party organization activities of the Party branch have maintained a good tradition. "Three Meetings and One Class" [attending the CPC Party branch general meeting, Party branch committee meeting and group discussions as well as taking Party classes] is a sound system, he said. Even at its early stages, from the Sanwan Reorganizing Meeting in 1927 [which set up Party branches in army units], to the Gutian Meeting in 1929 [which stressed the leadership of the Party in the army], our Party stressed Party building with ideological, political and organizational perspectives, he said.
You Liangxing, an ordinary CPC Party member gives suggestion on the development of primary-level Party organization during a Party branch meeting of the Daobenggeng Village, Wuyishan City, Fujian Province, on October 26, 2016 (XINHUA)
Xi said the Party branch had implemented the "Three Meetings and One Class" system conscientiously. Everyone present was an ordinary CPC Party member and should participate equally in the primary-level Party activity of the Party branch, he said, while stressing that participating in the primary-level Party activities of a Party branch is the basic requirement for being a qualified CPC Party member.
Xi said that presently, an important mission for the Party and the whole nation is to make sure that the 19th CPC National Congress is held successfully. He hoped every Party member would concentrate on their job and make sure to complete their work effectively.
Xi also pointed out that Party members should act in an appropriate manner at all times. He said the CPC is embarking on a noble course. It needs neither those who aspire to gain promotion or become rich, nor members who do not wish to make sacrifices. Xi encouraged all members to learn from previous role models such as Zhang Side, Norman Bethune, Jiao Yulu and Mai Xiande. They all served at ordinary posts but had high moral standards. Xi said he wanted all members to strengthen Party discipline and learn from history.
A Party branch of a community in Putian City of east China's Fujian Province helds a general meeting on October 12, 2017 (XINHUA)
At the end of his talk, Xi said he hoped all members would put their trust in the Party and devote themselves to the cause of realizing the Two Centenary Goals [that are, by 2020 China's GDP and per-capita income should double from 2010 levels, and the building of a moderately prosperous society should be complete; by the middle of this century, China should become a modern socialist country that is "prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious"],by making contributions where they work.
Xi's speech received an enthusiastic response. The members present were greatly motivated and benefited a lot from the speech. Being a leader of the CPC, state leader, and leader of the armed forces, Xi's participation in primary-level Party organization meetings as an ordinary CPC Party member serves as a model for all CPC Party members nationwide.
Based on a report published on People.com.cn authorized by Office Administration, a monthly publication of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee.