Younger Party members ‘key to Chinese innovation’

By Shan Jie and Qu Qiuyan Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/9 23:13:40

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 More young Party members are participating in the upcoming 19th National Congress of the Communist Party (CPC), which is necessary for the Party's development and a transition to a more innovation-driven country, experts said.

The Information Office of the State Council on Monday held a press conference, inviting nine representatives born in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

"The income of residents in our village has increased from 200 ($30) to 2,000 yuan in the past five years thanks to social stability and economic prosperity," Nyima Gyaltsen, a cadre from Xuedong village, Qamdo, Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, said at the press conference.

Nyima Gyaltsen graduated from Southwest Jiaotong University in 2006 and became a countryside cadre in 2013. "Our village was in poverty, but we have developed the small industries using various measures suited to our local conditions and have built seven economic entities which generate 1.5 million yuan," he said.

Gao Jibing, an engineer from the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project, said the team has innovated to overcome the great challenges and dangers in building the bridge, which was called the "Qomolangma of engineering."

"We young people should remember President Xi Jinping's words, reminding young people to be the pioneers and contributors of the times and to be shining examples of the causes of the Party, the country, the people," Gao said.

It is inevitable for young representatives to participate in the congress and necessary for the Party to include new forces who contribute to the Party's development and innovation, Cai Zhiqiang, a professor at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, told the Global Times.

"The growing number of young representatives shows that the structure of the national congress is being optimized and reflects the Party's vitality," Wu Bo, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Academy for Social Sciences Evaluation, told the Global Times.

A total of 2,287 Party representatives in this year's congress have an average of 51.8, 0.2 years younger than in the previous congress, the Xinhua News Agency reported in September.

The number of grass-roots Party representatives increased by 3.2 percent compared to the 18th congress, with 79 more representatives from the frontline of production, the report said.

Meanwhile, the educational attainment of this year's Party representatives has risen, with 727 representatives with a bachelor's degree, an increase of 1.5 percent. And 1,227 representatives have a master's degree, or 53.7 percent of the total and an increase of 1.5 percent, Xinhua reported.

"Young people have sharp minds and an innovative spirit. Using its experiences from its 96-year history, the CPC is trying to maintain unity and vitality with young members," Wu noted.

The young representatives have greater knowledge and are better educated, which make it easier for them to adapt to future trends to advance Chinese culture, Cai said.

"The CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core values the role of the youth in developing socialism with Chinese characteristics. It shows the CPC's strategic awareness and insight," Wu said.

"It can even be an indication of China's technological advancement and innovation in the new stage of development from traditional labor-driven development," Cai added.


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