Comrade Hu Jintao's "July 1" important speech emphatically points out that the "Three Represents" important thought is a scientific system which comes down in one line with Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory and keeps pace with the times, and which is the latest achievement of Marxism in its development in China.
A profound understanding of this important thesis is of extreme importance to our holding high the banner of the "Three Represents" important thought, persistently upholding this important thought as our Party's guiding ideology, dearly treasuring it as a valuable asset and consciously applying it as a scientific theory.
Since the Fourth Session of the 13th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in June 1989, the modern Chinese Communists represented mainly by Comrade Jiang Zemin, have held aloft the great banner of Deng Xiaoping Theory, accurately grasped the characteristics of the times and scientifically determined the historical bearings of our Party. Centering around the theme of building socialism with Chinese characteristics, they have pooled the wisdom of the whole Party, conducted theoretical innovation with the courage of the great Marxist theory and gradually formed the scientific theoretical system of the "Three Represents" important thought.
In studying and implementing the "Three Represents" important thought, we should comprehensively grasp the characteristic of this thought which is in the same strain with Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory, and have a comprehensive grasp of the feature of this thought which ceaselessly keeps pace with the times on the basis of succeeding predecessors.
The world outlook and methodology of dialectical materialism and historical materialism are the most fundamental theoretical feature of Marxism; to realize a communist society, in which material wealth is enormously enriched, people's spiritual plane is maximally raised and each person experiences free and all-round development, is the highest social ideal of Marxism; a Marxist political party should devote all its theories and efforts to achieving the fundamental interests of the broadest section of people, this is the most clear-cut political stand of Marxism; adhering to the principle of proceeding from reality in everything, integrating theory with practice, seeking truth from facts and testing and developing truth in practice are the most important theoretical character of Marxism.
The "Three Represents" important thought has creative application and development in these major aspects, gives them distinct spirit of the times and sets requirements on practice and opens up a new realm in the development of Marxism.
The basic points of the "Three Represents" important thought find expressions in the expositions of Marxist classicists, but the historic contribution made by modern Chinese Communists is that this thought links the development of advanced productive forces and advanced culture and the achievement of the fundamental interests of the broadest section of people with the upholding of the advanced nature of the Party, raises this to the height of the nature and purpose of the Party, to the height of the Party's guiding ideology and forms it into a complete system.
The "Three Represents" important thought adheres to the Marxist world outlook and methodology, creatively applies this world outlook and methodology in analyzing the realities of today's world and of China and has made a new theoretical summation for us, under the conditions of the new epoch, to understand and grasp the law governing social development by applying dialectical materialism and historical materialism and do a better job in pushing forward the cause of Chinese socialism.
The "Three Represents" important thought upholds the unity of the Party's maximum and minimum programs and provides us with a new theoretical base for us to stick to the Marxist ultimate goal of struggle and to formulate and implement, in light of reality, the scientific strategy for expediting the development of China's socialism.
The "Three Represents" important thought adheres to the Marxist theory that a proletarian political party must be rooted in the people's political stand and pay attention to absorbing nutrient from the practice of the masses and sets new theoretical requirement for us to uphold the Marxist mass viewpoint and continuously achieve the fundamental interests of the broadest section of people.
The "Three Represents" important thought upholds the Marxist theoretical quality of progressing with the times and embodies the tremendous courage of Marxist theoretical innovation, opening up a new theoretical field of vision for us to stick to the basic theory of Marxism and ceaselessly spur theoretical innovation in practice.
The "Three Represents" important thought runs through the red line of Marxism and has enriched and developed Marxism in many major aspects. The banner means orientation and image.
Comrade Hu Jintao, in his "July 1" important speech, clearly pointed out that under the new historical conditions, our persistence in the "Three Represents" important thought means genuine adherence to Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory; and raising high the banner of the "Three Represents" important thought means really holding aloft the banners of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory.
This is the conclusion drawn from the great practical struggle of the Party and the people. We must keep our thinking and action in line with the spirit of Comrade Hu Jintao's important speech, comprehensively grasp the scientific theoretical system of the "Three Represents" important thought and ceaselessly push forward our cause under the guidance of the banner of the "Three Represents" important thought.
(People's Daily July 10, 2003)