Eight members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday shared their working experiences and told how the party operates at the country's grassroots level.
Sitting on stage, a judge who handles intellectual property rights lawsuits, a space scientist, a renowned doctor, a Tibetan mountaineer, a senior electric technician, two village cadres in ethnic minority areas and a head of a private company answered media questions on their roles as CPC members, which has an 80-million strong membership.
"As an ethnic Hui party cadre working at the grassroots level, it is my duty to lead the village on its way to prosperity," Xi Xiaolin replied to a foreign reporter's question on grassroots party organizations' role in promoting ethnic unity.
Xi, a 33-year-old village party chief in northwest Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, said her belief in the CPC stands firmly and will never change.
CPC members of her age account for more than a half in the village, she said.
Eric Baculinao, Beijing Bureau Chief of NBC News Worldwide, said these grassroots party members' work is important to show whether China is successful in maintaining ethnic unity.
Baculinao said he has been trying to see if an "ideological crisis" in China exists, as he's heard some Westerners say that "young Chinese do not believe in Marxism."
"If that is the case, I wonder how the CPC is able to achieve these accomplishments," he said.
Li Xiaodong, party chief and president of the Guanghe Agriculture Co. in northeastern Liaoning Province's city of Panjin, and one of the eight speakers on stage, said the post-1980s and 1990s generations are mentally active, "so it is important to create a positive and uplifting atmosphere for the young to realize their ambition."
Li said each year he hires young graduates, and they arrive full of ideas, but they require a place in the company to materialize these ideas.
He said the building of the company's party organization is conducive to the company's development as it helps create "a culture of integrity," which is significant for the private economy.
"We hold party meetings when there are important company affairs to decide, or disputes among staff to settle," Li said.
Scientist Sun Jiadong, 82, who has contributed to more than one third of the country's major space projects, said being a CPC member inspired him to selflessly devote himself to the country's space sector.
Another top scientist, Wu Mengchao, said being a party member inspired him to work hard to reduce the number of deaths caused by liver cancer.
The 89-year-old liver and gall specialist who established a unique system of liver surgery in China has conducted more than 14,000 medical operations. Wu became a CPC member 55 years ago.
Baculinao said the eight party members from different backgrounds shows what the party is doing at the grassroots level and helps him understand the CPC.
"Through their stories, the image of party members becomes more concrete and colorful," said Guo Weimin, spokesman of the CPC Central Committee's International Communication Office, who added that grassroots party members were the main force driving the CPC through the past 90 years.