CHINA'S month-long celebration of the birth centenary of its late leader Deng Xiaoping, chief architect of the country's reform and opening, climaxed on Sunday with a 6,000-strong meeting in Beijing.
A grand ceremony was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to commemorate the 100th birthday of the late leader.
“Comrade Deng Xiaoping is a great man of the world,” President Hu Jintao told the meeting.
Deng's “remarkable achievements and scientific theories will, as they already did, continue to change and influence China and the world at large.”
Such commemorations “will inspire the party and nation to push forward the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics,” said Hu, who is also the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
The meeting was also attended by Central Military Commission chairman Jiang Zemin, National People's Congress Standing Committee chairman Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Central Committee chairman Jia Qinglin.
Deng, who was born into a rural family in Guang'an county in Southwest China's Sichuan Province on Aug 22 of 1904 and passed away on Feb 19, 1997, led a distinguished life as “a great Marxist, a great proletarian revolutionary, statesman, military strategist and diplomat, and a long-tested communist fighter, the chief architect of China's socialist reform, opening up and modernisation drive, and founder of Deng Xiaoping Theory,” Hu said.
After reviewing Deng's legendary career with “three ups and three downs” during which he never lost hope when wrongly criticised and had no hesitation to stand by what was right for the party and the nation, Hu said Deng was a man the party should be proud of.
“Whenever the party and people needed him the most and at critical moments in the development of the country, Deng always dared to shoulder heavy burdens, no matter whether it was during the revolution to build New China, the chaotic period of the 'cultural revolution' or in the country's reform, opening and modernisation drive,” Hu said.
Advanced age did not prevent Deng from continuing to make great contributions to the nation.
Hu also highlighted many of Deng's other ideas that have shaped China over the past quarter of a century. – China Daily