This year marks the centenary of the
Communist Party of China (CPC), and even after 100 years since its
inception the Party continues to flourish with vigor.
one-third of the current 91 million CPC members are under the age of
40, and approximately 80 percent of the new Party members who were
admitted in 2019 are 35 years old or below.
people played a pivotal role in propelling the Party's growth after it
was founded. The average age of representatives attending the first
National Congress of the CPC, convened in 1921, was 28.
today young Party members are continuing to play a crucial role in the
Party, with their firm convictions, as well as "red gene," ensuring that
the Party stays in the prime of life.
POWER OF ROLE MODEL
Xiukun, a postgraduate from Wuhan University, was just 23 when she
raised her right fist and took an admission oath in front of the flag of
the Party last year. At that time, the COVID-19 epidemic was wreaking
havoc in the city of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province.
She was accepted as a full member of the Party in the nick of time and became one of the 91 million CPC members.
the country's fight against the epidemic, many young doctors, nurses
and volunteers her age "led the charge" as they are Party members, Wang
"Fighting with unflinching
courage, unfazed by any risks, like those young CPC members, was my
original aspiration in joining the Party," she said.
with over 1,500 volunteers, Wang helped children of some 640 frontline
health workers amid the war against COVID-19, working for 133 days, over
20,000 hours in total.
later recognized as a young leader for her role in inspiring people to
change the world by the Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth
of the United Nations.
REALIZING VALUE OF LIFE
Yi, 31, who is a primary-level Party cadre in a small village in east
China's Anhui Province, felt duty-bound in another arduous battle of the
country -- poverty alleviation.
Recommended by local villagers, Lu applied for a Party membership in 2014.
since Lu put on the Party emblem, she became more determined to help
locals in rural areas vanquish poverty and live a better life.
to the long trek to poverty-stricken households, Lu's feet swelled to
the point where she had to wear a larger-sized pair of shoes.
"Those trips, however, were akin to visiting my own relatives because of the hospitality of the locals," Lu said.
When China announced a "complete victory" in eradicating absolute poverty, Lu said she broke down and wept in exhilaration.
great cause of poverty alleviation led by the CPC enables me, and
thousands of other young people, to avail ourselves of the opportunities
and realize the value of our lives," Lu said.
82 poverty-stricken households in her village have shaken off poverty,
with their average net income last year reaching 12,000 yuan (about
1,864 U.S. dollars), Lu said.
pay a return visit to the local households, what makes me happier than
anything else is hearing villagers praise our Party and its policies,"
CALL OF TIMES
Foreigners are usually surprised at the CPC's ability to rally people, said Fang Yedun, another young Party member.
a co-founder of a social media start-up, Fang works with video creators
from more than 30 countries and regions to produce content about China
for overseas audiences.
of our Party is that its members come from all walks of life including
entrepreneurs, scholars, delivery men, or perhaps a middle-aged woman in
your neighborhood," Fang said.
his perspective, excellent Party members are like a spark in their own
field and always inspire others to do meaningful things.
"The Party emblem on our chest is our faith and spiritual strength," Fang added.
topics from zeitgeist to buzzwords of China, Fang's short videos have
garnered over 100 million followers from all over the world.
golden age of the young generation to strive for excellence is the same
direction and pace as the key period of the Chinese nation's journey
toward rejuvenation, Fang said.
we turn 60, we could still contribute our remaining energy to develop
China into a great modern socialist country," Fang said. Enditem