Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has called for adopting a rational outlook about the Party’s history and drawing on the experience and lessons of the past century to blaze a path toward new victories.
Xi made the remarks when explaining the draft of the resolution on the major achievements and historical experience of the CPC’s 100 years of endeavors, which was passed by the sixth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee held Nov. 8-11. Xi’s speech about the explanation of the draft document at the meeting and the full text of the adopted resolution were released Tuesday.
Explaining the draft of the resolution to the meeting’s participants, Xi called for resolutely opposing “historical nihilism,” which refers to some political thoughts that seek to distort the history of the Chinese revolution, the CPC and the armed forces.
He underlined the need to see history from a broader perspective in order to develop an accurate understanding of the underlying trends and defining features of the CPC’s development.
“We need to properly address the mistakes and setbacks that have occurred on the Party’s path forward. We should draw experience from our successes and learn lessons from our mistakes so as to score new victories,” Xi said.
The landmark resolution highlighted Xi’s core position on the CPC Central Committee and in the Party as well as the significance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era in advancing the cause of the Party and the State.
It reflected on the Party’s great achievements in the country’s new-democratic revolution, socialist revolution and construction, reform and opening up as well as the socialist modernization process, and underscored the accomplishments it has made since the country entered a new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics following the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012.
The resolution also stressed the historical significance of the Party’s endeavors over the past century, saying they have fundamentally transformed the future of the Chinese people, opened up the right path for achieving the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and had a profound influence on the course of world history.
The resolution listed 10 items with respect to the Party’s historical experience, including upholding the Party’s leadership, putting the people first, staying independent, following the Chinese path, maintaining a global vision, and remaining committed to self-reform.
While noting that the nation is closer than ever to and more confident and capable than ever of realizing the goal of national rejuvenation, the resolution cautioned that there remain many risks and challenges on the journey ahead.
It urged all Party members to have a precise grasp of historical trends, stay true to the Party’s founding mission and not be intimidated by any risks or led astray by any distractions.
The review of the major achievements and historical experience of the Party over the past century “will help build a broader consensus and stronger unity in will and action among all members, and rally and lead Chinese people of all ethnic groups in achieving new and great success in building socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era,” Xi said at the sixth plenary session.