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Press conference on celebration of CPC centenary

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held a press conference in Beijing on March 23 to brief the media about the arrangements to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC. March 30, 2021


The People's Liberation Army has always held important arrangements for the big events and celebrations. Will be there any large-scale events organized by the People's Liberation Army? Will the People's Liberation Army, for example, hold parades or something else? Thank you.

Li Jun:

Thank you for your question. A massive celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC is a major political task for the military. According to the deployments of the CPC Central Committee, the CMC has made unified arrangements for celebration events held by the PLA. The overall considerations are to resolutely implement a series of important instructions from Chairman Xi; center around the theme of loving the Party, the nation and socialism; hold tight to the red line of the Party's absolute leadership over the people's armed forces; focus on the centenary goals of the founding of the armed forces; guide officers and soldiers to forge a strong sense of faith in the military; and educate all who serve in the armed forces to always serve as the heroic army that the Party and the people can fully trust. The specific arrangements highlight four aspects:

First, we will forge absolute loyalty. The people's armed forces are created and led by the Party. The armed forces' celebrations focus on solidifying the ideological foundation for safeguarding the core leadership and obeying the Party's command. The study and education of the Party's history should involve all officers and soldiers. We will motivate all the members of the armed forces to further enhance their trust in and support for the Party, encourage them to be devoted to, safeguard and align themselves with the leadership core in a more determined and voluntary manner, and resolutely abide by the commands of and keep a keen sense of responsibility to Chairman Xi so as to keep him reassured.

Second, we will appreciate the power of theory. The century-old history of the Party is a history of constantly promoting theoretical innovation, and also a history of guiding the people and improving practices with innovative theories. We will hold theoretical seminars for the whole armed forces to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the CPC, and hold forums on strengthening the armed forces. We will continuously deepen the theoretical research, publicity and interpretation to recognize the power of the Party's innovative theories in their thinking and practices. Particularly, we will conscientiously apprehend the truth reflected in Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and ensure that our work to develop national defense and the armed forces is guided by Xi Jinping's thinking on strengthening the military.

Third, we will continue to carry forward the revolutionary spirit. The history of the Party is the most vivid and convincing textbook. We will hold an exhibition themed "Under the Banner of the Party" in the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution, launch a brand new second edition of "Xing Huo Liao Yuan", establish and open partial displays at the Chinese Navy Museum and other key military history venues including the PLA Hong Kong Garrison Exhibition Center. We will carry out immersive education in venues of significance in CPC history and revolutionary memorial sites, so as to continue with fine conduct on the new journey and carry forward good behaviors in the new era.

Fourth, we will stay committed to strengthening the armed forces. For Chinese soldiers in the new era, striving to build a strong and top-level military is the best way to celebrate the centenary of the Party. In the name of the CMC, we will commend outstanding Party members and Party affairs workers and advanced Party organizations throughout the PLA, and present role models such as "the most beautiful revolutionary soldiers of the new era." We will make military-themed films such as "The Guardian of the Island," "The Battle at the Lake Changjin," and "The Pioneer" to foster a strong atmosphere of obeying the Party's command and working hard to build a strong military.

According to the plans of the CPC Central Committee and the CMC, there is no arrangement for a military parade for the Party's centenary celebrations. All officers and soldiers will remain at their posts to celebrate the centenary of the Party and safeguard the peace and security of the motherland and the people. Thank you.

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