Lu Yanqin, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Zhejiang Jiaxing University, writing in the China Education Daily (August 13) said CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping had recently sent a letter to congratulate the Eighth National Congress of the Chinese Young Pioneers and pointed out that it is necessary to "inherit the red gene, cultivate new generations, unite, educate, and lead the young pioneers to be the successors of the cause of communism." He described the "red gene" as the "life code of the Chinese Communists. It records the path of the Communists’ descent into the past. It contains the nature and purpose of a Marxist party. It is embedded with the ideals and beliefs of the Communists to fight for. It gathers the great revolutionary spirit of the Communist Party of China. The original intention and mission of the Communist Party of China". He said "To strengthen ideological and political education for young people, it is necessary to carry on the red gene well, and strive to cultivate socialist builders and successors who develop comprehensively in the new era of morality, intelligence, sports, and art". Reiterating the importance of studying the "Four History" (the history of the Party, the history of New China, the history of reform and opening up, and the history of socialist development)  he said it will "help young people understand why the leadership of the Communist Party of China is the people's choice and history s Choice. Carry out the "Four History" education among young people and integrate the "Four History" education into the teaching of ideological and political courses and related professional courses, so that young people have a deep understanding of the hard-won New China's red regime and the hard-won socialism with Chinese characteristics. Recognize the great significance of the Chinese nation to get rich and strong, and deeply understand the major contribution of socialism with Chinese characteristics to the world socialist movement, and let the red gene flow in the blood of young people". He emphasised  "To inherit the red gene, we must guide young people to strengthen their ideals and beliefs. The core of the red gene is firm ideals and beliefs. The Communist Party of China has established the lofty ideal of realizing communism since its founding. Once the fire of ideals and faith is ignited, it will never go out". "To inherit the red gene, we must guide young people to understand the party's purpose. Serving the people wholeheartedly is the purpose of our party and the essential requirement of the party. Whether it was during the revolutionary war years or after socialist construction and reform and opening up, the party has always put the interests of the people first. Comrade Mao Zedong said: "Our Communist Party and the Eighth Route Army and the New Fourth Army under the leadership of the Communist Party are revolutionary troops. Our team is solely for the liberation of the people, and is thoroughly working for the interests of the people." Comrade Deng Xiaoping said: "The Party The whole mission of the People’s Republic of China is to serve the people wholeheartedly; the party’s leadership role for the people is to correctly point out the direction of the struggle for the people, help the people to do it themselves, and strive for and create their own happy lives." Comrade Xi Jinping pointed out that the people, The yearning for a better life is our goal. In this battle against the new crown pneumonia epidemic, General Secretary Xi Jinping has repeatedly emphasized the importance of putting people's life safety and health in the first place, reflecting the noble political character of people first and life first. Our ideological and political courses should allow young people to fully understand the purpose of the party from the centuries-old history of the Communist Party of China, and guide young people to establish a firm belief in listening to and following the party". The article stressed that "In our ideological and political classes, we must carry on the red gene well, better cultivate newcomers of the era who are responsible for the national rejuvenation, and gather the majestic spiritual power to realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation".

(Comment: The article gives an insight into the objective of the "Four History" campaign launched across China recently. It is noticed that the article refers only to Mao, Deng and Xi Jinping!)

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