July 14, 2011
When the Communist Party of China was founded on a sightseeing boat on Nanhu Lake of Jiaxing 90 years ago, the Party had only more than 50 members and faced a disaster-ridden, disunited Old China on the verge of extinction. Today’s Party has more than 80 million members and is leading an increasingly prosperous, democratic and civilized New China to move forward on the path of socialist modernization.
When international observers regard the Party as a “golden key” to interpreting the “China miracle,” and 1.3 billion Chinese mark 90 years of unity and struggle of the Chinese people under the leadership of the Party through various means, people are aware that the Party’s course of struggle has so deeply changed China’s course of history and determined a nation’s fate of development.
Over the past 90 years, the Party has closely relied on its solidarity with the Chinese people of all ethnic groups to topple the “three big mountains of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat-capitalism;” founded New China where the people are in power, established the basic socialist democratic system and developed an independent, relatively completed industrial system and national economic system from scratch; and carried out reform and opening-up and pioneered a socialist path with Chinese characteristics. The three major events have fundamentally changed the future and destiny of the Chinese people, determined the development direction of China’s history and extended profound and widespread influence around the world.
Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people have worked together to save their motherland and have greatly improved the nation’s overall strength by implementing the reform and opening-up policy. China has undergone dramatic and remarkable social transformations in the past 90 years, with democracy replacing feudal autocracy, unity and harmony replacing disunity, overall well-being replacing widespread poverty, confidence and opening-up replacing ignorance and seclusion, the world’s second largest economy replacing a severely war-torn country, and a key player in the international arena replacing a weak country bullied by major powers. China has climbed out of the most desperate situation and now enjoys a bright future. As Mao Zedong pointed out, China has undergone an unprecedented change in the history of the world.
Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people have created numerous miracles in the long process of pursuing national independence and overall modernization over the past 90 years. The CPC relied on the people’s support and inferior weaponry to defeat the Kuomintang that had a regular army of 8 million well-armed soldiers, and China’s national economy started recovering quickly after 1949. Under the Party’s leadership, the Chinese people completed the socialist transformation within seven years, achieved rapid economic growth through the reform and opening-up policy, overcame unexpected natural disasters and the global financial crisis and successfully held the exceptional Beijing Olympic Games and Shanghai World Expo. Every miracle China has made in the past 90 years proves the Party’s extraordinary governing capacity, the great strength of a socialist country, and the vigorous vitality of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
It has become a common understanding in the international community that China’s rise is among the most significant events in the 21st century. With 90 years of hard exploration, 90 years of storms and achievements, China is either said to have led one of the greatest political wonders on earth, or to be the protagonist of the largest economic revolution in the history of mankind.
During its 90-year history, the Party has fought tirelessly for the independence, liberation and prosperity of the Chinese nation and for the freedom, democracy and happiness of the Chinese people, and continuously pushed forward the fundamental tenets of Marxism integrated with the practice of socialism in China. During the 90 years, China has left behind a history of humiliation and backwardness and welcomed national reconstruction. The Chinese people has taken control of their own destinies and strived for modernization. During that period, the Communist Party of China has withstood various tests and opened new chapters for all undertakings. With its exploration and achievements, the Party has altered the course of world history, enriched the diversity of the global civilization and created a far-reaching “Chinese legend.”
The 90-year history of evolution has proven that there would have been no New China without the Party, and without the Party, there would have not been a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. History will never pause, and the great march is moving on.
By Commentator of People’s Daily, translated by People’s Daily Online