On Jan.8, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) hosted a forum to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the CPC's founding.
This year marks the centennial of the CPC's founding, said Xie Fuzhan, CASS president and secretary of the leading Party members' group at CASS. Over the past century, the CPC has always kept in mind its original aspiration and mission, and led the Chinese people through difficulties and obstacles, achieving one victory after another. It has profoundly changed the direction and trajectory of the Chinese nation since modern times, and significantly altered the future and destiny of the Chinese people and the Chinese nation. It has also profoundly changed the trend and pattern of world development, and has made great historic contributions to the development of the Chinese nation and human society.
Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has overcome all obstacles and difficulties, resolved crises, responded to changes, and initiated new situations, promoting the cause of the Party and the country to achieve historic achievements and undergo historic changes, Xie said.
The CPC is the largest political party in the world today, Xie continued. To sum up its century of party-building experience, tell the story of China and the CPC's governance of China, the Chinese people have the most say, and Chinese scholars have the most confidence.
Xie Chuntao, vice president of the Party School of the Central Committee of CPC, discussed ways the century-old Party can stay young. The key is four-fold: continuing to prioritize the people and winning the people's support; facilitating theoretical innovation and uniting the hearts of the Party and the people; attaching great importance to consolidating organizations, while attracting and training Party members and officials; carrying out self-reform and maintaining integrity.
Over the past century, the Party has led the people to fundamentally change the nation's destiny by relying on their own strength, completely ending the tragic history of old China, and continuously opening up a magnificent chapter in the development of the PRC, said Qu Aiguo, vice president of the Academy of Military Science of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
Wang Jingqing, CASS vice president and deputy secretary of the leading Party members' group at CASS, pointed out that over the past century, the CPC has been able to continuously win major victories in revolution, construction, and reform, and fundamentally change the future and destiny of the Chinese people and the Chinese nation. The key to this lies in constantly strengthening Party building.
"Looking back on the century of the Party’s history, I deeply feel that staying true to its original aspiration is the fundamental reason for the Party's vigorous vitality," said Pan Wei, a professor from the School of International Studies at Peking University. Saving the country from peril and rejuvenating China is the Party's original aspiration. The "mass line" has always been the lifeline of the Party over the past century. Committing to a people-centered approach marks the Party's complete theoretical and organizational independence and maturity, which is also an indication of the Party’s original aspiration to lead the great national rejuvenation.
Xin Xiangyang, Party secretary of the Academy of Marxism at CASS, said that the Party's development history is a history which combines the fundamental principles of Marxism with China's reality, and one that constantly adheres to and develops Marxism. It is also a history of theoretical innovation that constantly adapts Marxism to the Chinese context.
The century-old history of the CPC is an integral part of the international communist movement and the world socialist movement, said Jiang Hui, director of the Institute of Contemporary China Studies at CASS. Socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era has opened up a new chapter in the development of world socialism.