Without the Communist Party of China(CPC) there would be no new China, and without the Party’s leadership there would be no prosperous and stable Macao under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle, Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng said in June.
Ho made the remarks at the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition at the China Portuguese-speaking Countries Commercial and Trade Service Platform Complex which was held to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China.
The exhibition, which was organised by the Macao Foundation, highlighted China’s development over the past century, attracting more than 43,000 visitors in just over three weeks. The 300 images on show were divided into four sections: founding the CPC and seizing the victory of the revolution; founding the People’s Republic of China and carrying out revolution and construction; promoting reform and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics; and completing a more prosperous society and embarking on a new journey to build a modern socialist China.
The exhibition also showcased the history of China’s railway development since the foundation of the CPC. Local institutions, companies and associations organised visits to the exhibition to allow citizens to understand the development and progress of the country in the last one hundred years. The exhibition attracted the largest audience since the Macao Foundation was inaugurated 30 years ago.
“History is the best textbook,” Ho said about the Party’s ‘100 years of continuous struggle to unite and lead the Chinese people to accomplish world-renowned achievements in the history of the development of the Chinese nation and the progress of human society.’
The Chief Executive, a former member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), also noted that without the Party’s leadership China would not have been able to achieve what it is today, and neither would it have achieved the international status that it has today.
Ho also pointed to “the successful resumption of the nation’s exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and Macao in 1997 and 1999 respectively” adding that the CPC “is the pioneer, leader, practitioner and defender of the cause of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle in Macao’.’
The Chief Executive, who has been at the helm of the local government since December 2019, also said that the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) will ‘‘unswervingly implement the principle of ‘Patriots Governing Macao’’and continue to consolidate the social and political foundations of ‘Loving the Country and Loving Macao’
Ho, an ex-president of the local legislature and former business community leader, also said that ‘our country is closer to the goal of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation than at any time in history,’ adding: “We firmly believe that under the strong leadership of the CPC, the cause of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ with Macao characteristics will surely proceed steadily and go far.”
Meanwhile, Central People’s Government Liaison Office in the MSAR Director Fu Ziying stressed in his speech that “in Macao society, we must always adhere to the leadership of the CPC and resolutely defend the nation’s sovereignty, security and development interests.”
Fu, the central government’s highest-ranked official posted to Macao, also said that efforts should be made to maintain in the local community the core value of ‘Loving the Country and Loving Macao’ and ensure the implementation of the fundamental principle of ‘Patriots Governing Macao’.
Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng also visited Beijing in June to attend China’s celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.