China holds a convention to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the victory of the Long March at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Friday, October 21, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua]
This earth-shaking revolutionary feat is a magnificent epic written by the CPC and the Red Army and a towering monument in the process of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
The victory of the Long March was the triumph of the CPC members' ideals and faith. "The freezing wind and rainwater penetrating through clothes makes us even tougher, some wild greens that barely ease hunger only make our will stronger, our soldiers and officials go through the bitterness together, because our revolutionary ideals are higher." On the difficult road of the Long March,the ideal and firm faith encouraged and guided the Red Army to march forward. During the 25,000-li journey of the First Front Red Army, one Red Army soldier sacrificed every 300 meters. This road is like a long ribbon reddened by the blood of numerous martyrs. Difficulties can destroy their bodies, death can take their lives, but nothing can shake the ideal and faith of the CPC members.
The victory of the Long March was achieved through the Red Army's heroic character and revolutionary spirits, with which they conquered the enemies with overwhelming power and overcoming difficilties with persistant will.The victory made a declaration to China and the rest of the world that CPC and the people's army under its leadership have Marxism as weapons and communism as lofty ideals and firm faith.The difficulties, twists, turns and sacrifices along the road of the Long March are tests of the ideals and beliefs of the CPC members. The Long March proves to the world that the ideal and faith of the CPC are invincible.
The Long March is a march that tests truth. Truth must be tested in practice and can only be established in practice.
The Long March was a great expedition that woke up the people. The Red Army achieved the victories relying on the people. The Long March was the first of its kind in history, a manifesto, a publicity team and a seeding machine. Faced with the confrontation between justice and evil and a decision between light and darkness, our Party always rooted itself among the people, and connected with the masses to publicize itself, equipped the masses with weaponry, united the masses and depending on them, winning the hearts of the people and their sincere support through CPC's own examplary actions. the masses constitute the sources of strength that led to the victory of the Long March.
The Long March was a great expedition that blazed new trails. The victory of the Long March was that of orientation and road. The Long March constituted not only of defeating the enemy to win victories and achieve strategic aims, but also the process of exploring realities, developing theories and finding revolutionary path. In the face of entangled dangerous situation, our Party displayed a great fearless spirit that characterized a great creation and rebirth through blood and fire, leading our revolutionary path to victory.
Over the past 80 years, there have been numerous coverages and studies on the Red Army's Long March as well as visits retracing the routes of the expedition. More and more people in the international community believe that the Red Army's Long March was one of the major events that impacted the most on the course of the 20th century and an epic which was full of ideals and spirit of dedication and composed through will power and courage. The Long March that unleashed powerful heartbeating force, spanning time and space and across nations. It is indeed a great epic that represents unwavering efforts of mankind in seeking truth and illumination.
The great Long March spirit represents efforts to place the fundamental interests of the people throughout the whole nation above all others, consolidate revolutionary ideals and faith, and firmly believe that a just cause will surely prevail. To achieve national salvation, we should not be afraid of any difficulties and obstacles, but uphold the spirit of sacrifice, independence and self-reliance, seeking truth from facts, proceeding from reality everything we do, taking into account the interests of the whole, strictly abiding by discipline, and being united. We should firmly rely on the masses, go through thick and thin together with them, and pursue hard work and plain living.
History is consistently advancing forward. If we want to arrive at the ideal, we have to march on the set path continuously. Different generations have different Long March journeys, they should well take their own road. Today, the Long March for us is to achieve the "Two Centenary Goals" as well as the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.
On the way of new Long March, we must keep firm on our ideal no matter how time changes or how conditions change. We should stand firm and voluntarily be firm believers and loyal practionaers of communist noble ideal and socialist common ideal. We should always fight for truth and fight for ideals.
In order to carry forward the great spirit of the Long March and well take today's Long March, we must strengthen self-confidence on socialist path with Chinese characteristics theory and system to grab victory in the socialist cause with Chinese characteristics. The victory of the Long March inspires us that only grasp scientific theory can we follow the right direction, and only basing on reality, openning up independently, can we consistently lead to victory.
In order to carry forward the great spirit of the Long March and well take today's Long March, we must put the people to the highest position in our hearts, stick to the principle of all for the people and relying on the people, and pledge to devote ourselves to create more beautiful life for the people. The victory of the Long March tells us that the masses possess endless wisdom and strength. We should always trust the people, closely depend on them, and fully arouse the vast number of people's initiative and creativity, so that we can collect the united and boundless strength.
"Water can carry a boat, it can also overturn it." We must remember that. We must remember what it tells us that at all times the people are the sky above our head, they are also the ground beneath our feet. If we forget about the people and to detach from the people, we will turn into a river without source and a tree without roots. It will lead us nowhere.Therefore we must stand by the people and maintain our close ties with the people, accept their criticism and supervision, remember their hardships, think about plans to create a more wealthy life for them, which will help our Party win people's trust and support, and in turn, provide us with inexhaustible source of power for our endeavors.
To pass on the enpowering spirit of the Long March and to walk along today's path of Long March, we must have a grasp of the right direction and bear a whole picture in mind, and work energetically to accomplish our ultimate task and goal. The success of the Long March shows us that to stand on the test of time, a political party must always stay ahead of the times, go with the flow of history, scientifically lay out plans, and take the strategic initiative to realize our strategic goals.
Innovation is the biggest engine for development. We must emancipate our minds, seek truth from facts, keep pace with the times, encourage theoratical, practical, systematical and other innovations, so as to inject a new life to our Party and country, and avail us new opportunities.
To pass on the great spirit of the Long March and to walk along the path of today's Long March, we must establish a strong national defense and armed forces that are compatible with the international status of our country and with our national security and development interests. The success of the Long March shows us that the people's army are the pillars of the revolution and the hope of the nation, the Party's absolute leadership of the army is the fundamental guarantee of the victory.
The entire army must develop a greater awareness of danger, crisis and responsiblity, seize the moment to help with the modernization process of national defense, and shoulder the important responsibilities of protecting national sovereignty, security and development.
To promote the great Long March spirit and complete of Long March of today, we must adhere to the leadership of the Party and the principle of comprehensively strengthening Party governance, to work unceasingly to push forward the Party's new grand programs. The victory of the Long March tells us that the leadership of the CPC is the key to the success of the progress of the Party and the people.
"Heroes are those who know themselves and can overcome their own difficulties." The closer we are to the dream of national rejuvenation and more arduous the reform and openning-up mission become, the more necessary it proves to strengthen the Party building.
A blueprint has been drawn and we are in a process of moving forward. We should energetically foster and promote the great Long March spirit, encourage all members of the Party, the army, the ethnic groups nationwide, especially the younger generation, to work with stamina and diligence, carry on the great causes initiated by the revolutionary forefathers and continue to write the chapters of the glories we worked along the path of new Long March towards the "Two Centenary Goals" and Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.