Six police officers participating in the 35-day closed-loop service at the Erlian Border Inspection Post at the entrance and exit of North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, recite their oath of joining the Party in front of the Party flag on May 16, 2022. Photo: CI
Who is the China Community Party (CCP)? What is the CCP’s role in the new era? The CPC has become one of the largest parties in the world in the process of leading the Chinese people to seek liberation and happiness, making China as strong and prosperous as it is today.
As a major political party with more than 95 million members, the CPC will convene its 20th National Congress in the second half of this year, which is expected to guide the country’s development and policy-making.
Ahead of the meeting, the Global Times is publishing a series of stories to help the world understand the CPC in the new era, through the stories of CPC members working on the front lines in various fields, as well as through the observations of renowned scholars.
This is the fourth installation in the series. As Western countries one by one abandoned their COVID-19 epidemic control measures, Global Times reporters Huang Lanlan and Zhang Weilan spoke with an official who continues to work diligently to fight against the new coronavirus disease in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China, which borders Vietnam and a Party member who participated in the organization of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. This gives us a glimpse of the Party’s strong governing ability with its marvelous mobilizing power.
save the border
A team of CPC members in Guiliang village in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region patrols along the China-Vietnam border on April 26, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Cen
Over the past three years, the world has witnessed how China, under the strong leadership of the CCP, has perfectly safeguarded the lives of its people against the raging COVID-19 epidemic, which has caused millions of deaths worldwide. From busy airports in metropolitan areas to border villages in rural areas, large numbers of people, led by Party members, have been working hard day in and day out, trying to keep the deadly virus at bay.
Although some Western countries and media are trying to smear China’s aggressive zero-COVID epidemic prevention approach, the measure itself has proven effective in protecting the lives of ordinary people.
Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, said at Friday’s regular press conference that the reason China has taken the dynamic zero COVID approach is because “we place life and health of 1.4 billion people before anything else. It is a testament to the governing philosophy of the CCP and the Chinese government, which must give top priority to protecting our people and their lives. »
In the two years since the start of the pandemic, China’s infection and death rates have remained the lowest in the world. While the average life expectancy in some developed countries, such as the United States, has declined during the pandemic, China’s average life expectancy has steadily increased over the same period, Wang said.
Meanwhile, behind China’s miracle of successful containment of the novel coronavirus disease lies the cumulative hard and selfless work of many, especially CCP members, who have been mobilized nationwide in the fight against the disease, a touching scene difficult to reproduce in Western countries. , analysts said.
Cen Liping, a grassroots official working in her hometown of Guiliang Village in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is one of them.
Cen’s hometown is a small mountainous village neighboring Vietnam. Since the outbreak of the epidemic in January 2020, local Party members have been conducting daily border patrols for years to prevent potential illegal entry, which may increase the chances of virus transmission.
The 34-year-old applied to join the CCP during the epidemic and successfully became a Party member on probation in April.
“We patrol every two hours, walking on the roads near border marker No. 589 in our village and on the hidden paths in the border mountains,” Cen told the Global Times.
With the Cen included, the temporary patrol team consists of approximately 16 members, who usually carry the CPC flag while on patrol. When encountering people crossing the border illegally, the team immediately reports the cases to the local police.
Cen recalled that during the busiest days at the beginning of this year, when the epidemic situation worsened in villages in neighboring Vietnam, they were almost constantly in their offices, always ready for a 45-minute patrol even late. in the night. “I barely had time to sleep,” she said.
Guangxi shares a total border length of 1,020 kilometers with Vietnam.
During the outbreak, authorities in Napo County, Guangxi, where Guiliang Village is located, sent dozens of Party and government officials from nearby towns and villages to Guiliang, helping residents better respond to the potential importation of the virus.
This model of “cross-regional support” is common in China’s fight against the virus under the leadership of the CCP. When the epidemic situation in one area is dire, staff from other areas organize to lend a hand.
Cen appreciates the mode, saying it embodies the CCP’s strong organizing and planning abilities in mobilizing its people – whether Party members or the general public – to provide mutual support.
The efforts paid off. A border village of 906 people, facing a potentially high risk of imported infections, however, has not reported any local cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began in early 2020.
“I am so proud that as the first line of defense to prevent the virus from entering China, I am protecting people’s health not only in my hometown, but also, to some extent, across the country.” , Cen told the Global Times.
A Nature Medicine research paper estimated that if China were to stop waging a relentless fight against COVID-19 as some other countries have done, it could result in over 112 million infections and nearly 1.6 million deaths.
“Through frontline virus prevention efforts, I have experienced, first-hand, the Party’s wisdom and great ability to guide a country of 1.4 billion people through challenges,” she said. declared. “Our great country needs such a powerful party.”
China has not only minimized the impact of the coronavirus disease on economic and social development, but also achieved stable economic growth. According to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics, China’s economy has gradually emerged from the shadow of COVID-19, with major indices showing better performance in May. The Chinese economy has shown recovery momentum. China’s foreign trade grew 8.3% and FDI rose 17.3% year-on-year in the January-May period.
Party members take the lead
Zhao Wei prepares for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at his Big Air Shougang office in December 2021. Photo: Courtesy of Zhao
In February, China successfully hosted the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Thanks to well-implemented epidemic prevention measures, no major infections have been reported in the closed-loop management system which has hosted more than 15,000 people from all over the world, and this effective management has also been praised by many participants for creating a safe environment in which competition could be held.
Zhao Wei is the general secretary of the operational team of Big Air Shougang, a sports venue built to host the big air competitions at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Zhao told the Global Times that they have made arrangements scientific and comprehensive information on epidemic prevention. Under the direction of the organizing committee, they set up two operations centers inside and outside the closed loop for unified command and dispatch.
Zhao also worked for the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008. He said that in addition to the epidemic, they encountered other difficulties this time because they lacked experience in hosting sports. winter with snow and ice activities.
According to Zhao, the operations team conducted five phases of online and offline training sessions, which covered everything from general knowledge to job skills for Big Air Shougang support staff. More than 1,000 employees and volunteers have received relevant training.
“We have put in place a working system and compiled a comprehensive brochure explaining the key steps in preparing for and responding to emergencies at site operation level, listing 294 potential risks,” he said. he declares.
During the interview, Zhao repeatedly mentioned how CPC’s wisdom and history inspired the team to complete the job.
“We carried out activities to study the history of CPC and encouraged each individual to become the vanguard of the Games, so as to strengthen our teams with stronger capabilities and enhance the synergy in organizing the Games” , did he declare.
An interim committee was therefore established among Party members working at Big Air Shougang. With the establishment of four provisional Party branches and one in the closed-loop management readiness team, we have managed to effectively equip our Party cadres to maintain a strong commitment to readiness work at all stages. , Zhao said.
“The extraordinary organizational, coordination and implementation capabilities, as well as the strong economic and technological strengths of our country gave us enormous confidence and laid a solid foundation for the success of the Games,” he said. he declares.