Beijing, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) The Commending Conference for National Cultural and Ethical Improvement was held in Beijing on November 17th. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, State President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, had a cordial meeting with the new national moral models and advanced representatives from civilized cities, townships, units, campuses as well as those working on character education for minors. Xi sent hearty greetings to all representatives and encouraged them to keep up the good work, setting good examples in the observance of socialist cultural and ethical standards. Also present at the conference was Wang Huning, a member of Standing Committee of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee.
This morning, more than 600 representatives attending the Commending Conference gathered in the Great Hall of the People, with each feeling his oats and presenting smiles on his face. Xi Jinping came at 9:30, in a burst of applause, shaking hands and having talks with the representatives while they also sent their regards to the General Secretary. Seeing 93-year-old Huang Xuhua, Honorary Director of the 719 Research Institute of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, and 82-year-old Huang Dafa, the Party Branch Secretary of Yuancao Wangba Village, southwest Guizhou Province, Xi Jinping held the two elders’ hands and invited them to have a seat next to himself. All participants also felt moved by Xi for his care and respect to the elder models. Later, Xi had a photo taken to mark the occasion with all representatives.
At the commending conference, Wang hu’ning addressed that General Secretary Xi’s presence gave full expression to the significance on initiatives to improve socialist public etiquette and ethical standards he has laid and his great concerns about comrades struggling for spiritual civilization construction. The historical achievements and reforms have been made in the socialist spiritual civilization construction over past five years under the strong leadership of CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping its core as well as guidance of socialist science and thoughts with Chinese characteristics during the new era of Xi Jinping.
In pursuit of spiritual civilization construction, we shall regard learning and publicizing the spirits of the 19th CPC National Congress as the primary political task. The top priority should be given over strengthening the education and interpretation of the socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics in the new era.
China will foster the practice of core socialist values, strengthen ideals and beliefs cultivation, carry forward fine traditional Chinese culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture, and deepen initiatives to improve socialist public etiquette and ethical standards.
China will persist in people-centered orientation, focus on guidance of outstanding models, and better build a Chinese spirit, Chinese value and Chinese strength. We will improve the Party leadership to push forward the progress and innovation in all work, encouraging people to make commitment to realize goals and tasks stipulated at the 19th CPC National Congress
Ding Xuexiang, Liu Yandong and Huang Kunming also participated in the conference, with Liu announcing the decision and Huang presiding over the conference. The commended was awarded at the conference. Speeches were delivered by representatives of the 5th national civilized cities, villages and units, the 1st national civilized campus, the 1st national character education for minors, and the 6th national moral model.
SMU won the 1st “National Civilized Campus”, the only one that got such an award among Sichuan universities and ethnic universities nationwide. Chen Dayun, SMU’s Party Secretary, attended the conference and accepted the award.
In the interview by Sichuan Daily, Chen said that SMU will take this reward as a new start to be a vanguard fortifying our ideal and conviction of maintaining China’s unification and national solidarity under the guidance of the socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics in the new era of President Xi Jinping, thus cultivating more qualified builders and successors of the socialist cause with Chinese characteristics.