June 23, 2021
By Alhaji Haruna Sani
As the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) has celebrated its 100 years anniversary, the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone,Hu Zhangliang, yesterday highlighted successes of the party since it took over the reign of leadership in China.
Speaking to stakeholders through an online symposium, Ambassador Hu recalled that 100 years ago,the CPC was founded with only 50 plus members, but today, it has grown into the largest political party in the world with more than 91 million members.
“Over the past 100 years, the CPC has developed from an emerging political force dedicated to saving the Chinese nation and people to a political party that has been in power for 72 years with rich governance experience and great accomplishments.In the past 100 years, the CPC had rallied and led the Chinese people in toppling the “Three Mountains” of imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucrat-capitalism that were oppressing them, defeating the ferocious Japanese imperialist aggressors, overthrowing the reactionary rule of the Kuomintang regime, and founding the People’s Republic of China whereby the people become the masters of their own destinies,” he said.
He reiterated that over the 100 years, the CPC has rallied and led the Chinese people in waging a 28-year struggle, completed the new democratic revolution and established the People’s Republic.
“In the following 72 years, the CPC has rallied and led the Chinese people in striving for a better life. The People’s Republic of China inherited an impoverished and tattered society from the defeated old regime. In early 1950s, China’s GDP ranked around the tenth in the world. But by 2010, China has become the world’s second largest economy. In 2020, China’s total GDP exceeded 100 trillion RMB (approximately US$14.7 trillion). It only took a few decades for China to score the development progress that Western countries did in one or two hundred years,” he said.
Ambassador Hu continued that in the past 40 years, more than 800 million people in China have been lifted out of abject poverty, adding that in February 2021, his Excellency General Secretary Xi Jinping solemnly announced that China had secured a comprehensive victory in the fight against poverty.
Ambassador Hu Zhangliang said last year, in the face of COVID-19, under the strong leadership of H.E. Xi Jinping, the CPC and the Chinese government put people’s lives and health in the first place and launched a resolute nationwide campaign against the pandemic. “There were countless moving stories and strategic victory was achieved in a short period of time. China’s success contributed greatly to the global fight against the pandemic.”
He said the CPC is the backbone of the Chinese people, the vanguard of the Chinese nation, and the core of leadership for all endeavors in China, adding that as per some international surveys, the CPC and the Chinese government enjoy over 90% of approval among the Chinese people, ranking the first in the world for many years.
The Chinese ambassador disclosed that CPC has been pursuing exchanges and cooperation with political parties and organizations from all countries and regions on the basis of independence, complete equality, mutual respect, and mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, so as to promote the development of state-to-state relations.
The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), he said have upheld the philosophy of equality, inclusiveness and development results shared by all as embodied in its motto “One People, One Country”.
“It bears resemblance to the CPC’s goal of remaining committed to serving the people, relying on the people and ensuring that all the fruits of development are shared by the people.This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the SLPP, as well as the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Sierra Leone. Last month, H.E. President Xi Jinping held a telephone conversation with H.E. President Julius Maada Bio. The two leaders reached new and important consensus on developing our bilateral relations,” he said.