Beijing, Sept. 10 (Xinhua): Chinese President Xi Jinping said here on Tuesday that strong leadership of the Communist Party China (CPC) is the backbone of the Chinese people and this is seen clearly in times of trouble as in the way the Chinese overcame the coronavirus threat.
Speaking at a meeting held to commend role models in the country’s fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, Xi said that China has made major strategic achievements in the battle against COVID-19. It has shown the great strength of the Chinese people and the Chinese nation. It has demonstrated the profound heritage of the Chinese civilization; and the nation’s sense of responsibility as a major and responsible country.
He called for transforming the virus-fighting spirit into tremendous strength to build a modern socialist country and achieve national rejuvenation.
The meeting was presided over by Li Keqiang and attended by other senior leaders: Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan.
Use of Traditional Chinese Medicine
One of those honored was Zhang Boli, a traditional Chinese medicine expert who presided over the research of the COVID-19 treatment scheme combining traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine. A total of 1,499 individuals, 500 groups, 186 CPC members and 150 primary-level Party organizations were commended for their roles in fighting the epidemic. Another 14 Party members were posthumously awarded.
Xi said that the CPC Central Committee had adopted extraordinary measures to tackle the extraordinary incident of the COVID-19 epidemic, insisting on making people’s lives and health the first priority. Xi went on to summarize China’s spirit of combating the COVID-19 epidemic, which features putting people’s lives first, nationwide solidarity, sacrifice, respecting science, and a sense of mission for humanity.
He said the unyielding will of the Chinese people is the source of power for overcoming all hardships and obstacles on the way forward.
The outstanding advantage of socialism with Chinese characteristics is the fundamental guarantee for resisting risks and challenges, and enhancing the capacity of national governance, he said.
Xi said the great struggle against coronavirus has once again proven that strong national strength accumulated since the founding of the People’s Republic of China has laid a solid ground for the country to navigate any “turbulent tide” with composure.
The battle against COVID-19 has also demonstrated the power of core socialist values and fine traditional Chinese culture, which provide great motivation, and help build consensus and pool resources, he said.
Xi said the extensive appeal of building a community with a shared future for humanity is the right way for mankind to overcome common challenges and build a more prosperous and better world.
The Chinese people and the Chinese nation will certainly forge ahead on the great journey in the new era, Xi said. “No individual or force can stop Chinese people’s march toward a better life,” he declared.
(The featured image at the top shows Xi Jinping with one of the honored medical experts Zhong Nanshan.Photo: AP)