President urges Communist Youth League to set example
The Communist Party of China's leadership over the country's youth work must be firmly upheld in the new era, President Xi Jinping said on Monday.
Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remark while meeting with newly elected leading officials of the Communist Youth League of China at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing.
Xi said representing the youth, winning their hearts and relying on them secure the Party's continuing success.
Xi congratulated the league's new leadership on the election, saying that they have demonstrated firm resolution and the confidence to implement the requirements of the CPC Central Committee.
The CPC Central Committee has high expectations for the new leadership of the league, Xi said, adding that they should play a leading role in learning the Party's theories, strengthening their beliefs, improving their work style and following the rules.
The league's leading officials are required to create a good image for the league and unite young people of all ethnicities to strive for the goals set at the Party's 19th National Congress.
Xi said that the Communist Youth League of China has made great efforts in guiding young people, safeguarding the interests of the young and deepening reform of the league in the past five years.
The CPC Central Committee has attached great importance to youth work and has put forward the country's first youth development plan, Xi said.
The Party's leadership over youth work must be enhanced, Xi said, adding that the fundamental task of the Communist Youth League of China is to cultivate people who are well prepared to join the socialist cause.
The president called on the country's young to have firm beliefs, be courageous to innovate, work hard and have high morality.
Calling the Communist Youth League of China the assistant and reserve for the Communist Party of China, Xi said the league should guide young people to address problems with Marxist methods.
The league should encourage young people to follow the instructions of the Party and strive for more achievements in the new era, Xi said.
Xi told the league to serve the young people, help young people address problems and become young people's trustworthy friend.
The league should focus more on the development of its grassroots organizations in the process of deepening institutional reform, Xi said.
A statement released after the closing meeting of the Communist Youth League of China's 18th national congress on Friday said 170 central committee members and 129 alternate members were elected.