CPC units push forward progress in all aspects of development

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/25 18:28:39

The pictured is Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China,on August 24. Photo: IC

Many people visit Shanghai Tower to admire the tallest building in China, but few people know that it is home to one of the smallest cells of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the country.

Lu Jiawei, 24, is the head of the cell, and the joint Party branch in the landmark building he oversees is only six months old.

When it was launched in February, it had five CPC members from five different companies. Now its membership has grown to 10, including two from mobile and online payment service Alipay.

Under CPC regulations, such a joint branch can be set up for companies with less than three Party members, as they are not qualified to form an independent branch.

Rising 632 meters over Shanghai's bustling Lujiazui financial and trade zone, the landmark building is home to nearly 100 domestic and foreign companies.

A large "gold-collar lounge" on the tower's 22nd floor has been reserved for Party members to study Party policies and principles.

"This is a library, a gym, a teahouse and a place to meet new friends," Lu said. "We hold various activities for the Party organizations, including criticism and self-criticism sessions."  In August, he organized a viewing of "The Founding of an Army," a domestic war film made in honor of the 90th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army(PLA). 

"If the Shanghai Tower can be regarded as a symbol for the physical heights of China's economic development, the building of Party organizations within it marks the spiritual heights of economic and social development," said Shao Zhuqing, deputy Party committee secretary of Shanghai Tower Construction and Development. 

The gold-collar lounge is a place for Party members to spiritually recharge, a home to offer services to white-collar employees in the region, and a platform to improve communication between Party members and the general populace, Shao said. 

Not far from the tower, functional CPC cells are vibrant in Shanghai Disney Resort, a Sino-foreign joint venture located in central New Pudong District.  "Some of my colleagues are surprised to know there is a Party committee within the company," said Murray King, vice president of public affairs for the Shanghai Disney Resort.  "The Party committee is a normal part of our business, a normal part of our operations, in fact it is a very helpful part," he said. "It's a source of knowledge and resources, which I think is very valuable for a successful business." 

"I'm often pleasantly surprised to find some of our most talented people are Party members. I have to give credit to the Party committee because some really good ideas come from the Party committee, and some of our most dedicated employees are Party members," King said.  In 2013, the Shanghai Disney project, which was still under construction at the time, created a "golden idea" platform for its employees and Party members to provide ideas to help the company improve. Eight of the 39 proposals put forward have been submitted to the company's executive team. 

Nearly 1,000 kilometers away from Shanghai, grassroots Party organizations are leading villagers toward a better life in Jinggangshan, home to the CPC's first rural revolutionary base, established 90 years ago in the inland province of Jiangxi. 

Huang Chengzhong is secretary of the Party committee of Shenshan village. 

The committee is responsible not only for enabling the villagers to get to know about CPC policies and goals such as poverty eradication, but also for helping ensure they are carried out and achieved in the village.  There are 19 Party members in the village, with the eldest born during the war against Japanese aggression and the youngest born in 1993.  Under the leadership of the village Party committee, a leading group for targeted poverty relief, comprised of five Party members, including Zuo Xiangyun, has been set up. 

Poverty relief projects initiated under the group include setting up cooperatives to grow peaches and tea, promoting farm tours, renovating dilapidated houses and helping villagers pay social insurance. 

Together with two fellow villagers, Zuo set up a tourism council to arrange farm tours to the village. 

"We assign tourists to different households, record the revenue and distribute it among participating villagers," Zuo told reporters while counting one morning's revenue, which came to over 1,000 yuan ($152).  "The amount was about the equivalent of a poor household's annual earnings ten years ago," Zuo said. 

Zuo attributes the increase to the Party's leadership, institutional arrangement and hard work of the villagers.

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