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The spirit of the Gutian Meeting December 2, 2020

The spirit of the Gutian Meeting

In December 1929 the Fourth Army of the Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army held its Ninth Party Congress at Gutian, a village in Shanghang County, Fujian Province. The meeting reviewed the experience gained in developing the Party and building the red army since the armed uprising in Nanchang on August 1, 1927. It laid down the basic rules for building a people's army, restated the CPC's absolute leadership over the army, and defined the nature, mission and tasks of the Red Army and other issues with a critical bearing on the Party's future.

The significance of the Gutian Meeting lies in the way that it highlighted the Party's ideological base, pragmatic aims, determination to serve the people, and advanced nature. To carry on this spirit in the new era means to maintain the political relationship with the military, and retain the political integrity of the people's army.