Raised red: Party membership through three generations

By Zhang Lulu
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Huan Lei, a teacher at the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC. [Photo by Mariah Breeze/China.org.cn]

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Echoing the two's thoughts is Huan Lei, who is a teacher at the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC, the country's highest institution for training Party officials.

There are various training bases for Party officials in China, expanding from the capital to every province, city and county.

According to Huan, who has been a Party member since 2007, higher-ranking officials across the country are required to attend a two-month training session at the Central Party School at least once every five years, and other lesser Party officials are selected to attend other training sessions, which last half a year or an entire year.

The courses touch on a variety of topics, ranging from enhancing Party officials' belief in the CPC to their understanding of the history of the CPC, China's economics and the country's international relations.

"Each and every official comes here with many questions in their mind. Most of the questions focus on the development of their specific area," Huan said. His students include Tibetan officials, who he said cared about how to maintain stability and drive economic development in the highland area as well as how to interpret the central government's policies in Tibet. These trainings definitely benefit Party officials, said Huan.

Apart from Party school sessions which are intended for officials only, there are Party gatherings and sessions offered by what's called "grassroots Party units" for ordinary Party members.

For 81-year-old Ye and 20-year-old Wang and Pan, they attend these gatherings regularly. Most of the time they study the country's major policies, and they sometimes also reread classic Communist literature.

"I love attending Party gatherings very much. I wish there could be more of them," said Ye, whose Party unit holds such gatherings once every three months. When she is there, she likes to exchange ideas and sometimes debate with her fellow retired Party members about what's going on in the country.

The two girls love listening to heroic stories about Party members, where belief in the Party and the love for the country become inseparable. As to where the Party is headed, the young people are convinced it will lead Chinese people to a better future.

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