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CNA: Journalists Called to Walk the “Long March”

In the run-up to 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, the party launched an education campaign called, “Remain true to our original aspirations and keep our mission firmly in mind.” The Central Publicity Department called on more than 500 journalists to follow the “Long March” of the Red Army and write news reports about the journey. During the speech made at the opening ceremony, the chief of the Publicity Department said that the journalists need to “make a long journey” and profoundly reveal “how red power came into being, how the new China was built,” and “to echo strongly the theme song (of the Party).”

The Central Political Bureau decided in May that from June onwards, the whole party would carry out the theme education of “Remain true to our original aspirations and keep our mission firmly in mind” in two phases. On May 20, Xi Jinping inspected the Chinese Communist Party’s Red Army Long March gathering place in Jiangxi Yudu. The move was described at the time as “exploring the source of the [party’s] original heart.” Reports indicated that there would be 500 journalists from 30 news media in the mainland who would participate in the campaign. Several opening ceremonies were held in different locations including Yudu and Ruijing of Jiangxi province and Changdi and Nihua of Fujian province, which are considered to be the “red regions,” full of “red memories.”

The “Long March” promoted in the history of the CCP took place in the early 1930s. The Nationalist Government successfully chased the Communist Party forces in the southwestern part of the Yangtze River and the western part of Fujian Province and forced them to flee from their base to Yan’an in northern Shaanxi. It lasted for several years. The Communist Party called it the “25,000 mile long march.”

Source: Central News Agency, June 11, 2019