Party and State Leaders and People of Peking Hold Solemn Memorial Meeting for Comrade Chou En-lai
With deepest grief, Chinese party and state leaders and more then 5,000 representatives from various circles in Peking mourn the death of Comrade Chou En-lai, a fine member of the Communist Party of China, a great proletarian revolutionary, an outstanding communist fighter, and an eminent, long-tested party and state leader of the Chinese people.
Party and State Leaders and People of Peking Hold Solemn Memorial Meeting for Comrade Chou En-lai
Attending the memorial meeting are also leading members of various departments of the party, the government and the army, and representatives of various circles.
Comrade Teng Ying-chao at the memorial meeting.
Comrade Wang Hung-wen, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party central committee, presides over the memorial meeting.
Comrade Teng Hsiao-ping, Vice-Chairman of the Party Central Committee delivers the memorial speech.
He says: "With deepest grief, we pay tribute today to the memory of Comrade Chou En-lai, a fine member of the Communist Party of China, a great proletarian revolutionary, an outstanding communist fighter and an eminent, long-tested party and state leader of the Chinese people.
"From the time Comrade Chou En-lai foll ill with cancer in 1972, he received constant and affectionate attention from our great leader Chairman Mao and the party central committee and was given meticulous many-sided treatment by medical personnel. He persisted in working throughout and waged tenacious struggle against the disease. Comrade Chou En-lai's condition worsened despite al treatment, and his heart ceased to beat at 09:57 hours on January 8, 1976. The whole party, the whole army and the people throughout our country are deeply grieved at the loss of our premier.
"Comrade Chou En-lai's death is a gigantic loss to our party, our army and the people of our country, to the cause of China's socialist revolution and construction, to the international cause of opposing imperialism, colonialism and hogemonism, and to the cause of the international communist movement."
After speaking on the life of Comrade Chou En-lai, Comrade Teng Hsiao-ping says: "Comrade Chou En-lai was loyal to the party and the people. Fighting heroically and working with utter devotion, he selflessly dedicated all his energies throughout his life to the implementation of Chairman Mao's proletarian revolutionary line and to the victory of the liberation of the Chinese people and the cause of communism. Under the leadership of Chairman Mao, Comrade Chou En-lai made indelible contributions and performed immortal services in the building and development of the Marxist Communist Party of China, in the building and development of our invincible people's army, in the bringing of the new democratic revolution to victory and the founding of the socialist new China, in the consolidation of the great unity of the people of all nationalities led by the working class and based on the worker-peasant alliance and in the development of the revolutionary united front, in the struggle for the victory of the socialist revolution and construction and the victory of the Great Broletarian Cultural Revolution and the movement to criticize Lin Piao and Confucius, and in the consolidation of the proletarian dictatorship in our country. The whole party, the whole army and the people of the whole country try love him and respect him from the bottom of their hearts.
"Internationally, Comrade Chou En-lai resolutely implemented Chairman Mao's revolutionary line in foreign affairs and upheld proletarian internationalism. He made outstanding and indelible contributions as well in strengthening the unity of our party with Marxist-Leninist parties and organizations in other countries, in combating modern revisionism and in promoting the development of the international communist movement, in strengthening the unity of our people with the people of other countries, especially those of the third world, in striving to establish and develop relations with all other countries on the basis of the rive principles of peaceful co-existence, in uniting with all forces in the world that can be united with and in carrying out the struggle against imperialism and social-imperialism. He won the respect and admiration of the people of the world.
"Comrade Chou En-lai's life was one of glorious struggle for the cause of communism and one of continuing the revolution with perseverance. He is an example that the whole party, the whole army and the people of the whole country should learn from.
"In mourning Comrade Chou En-lai, we should learn from his boundless loyalty to Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tse tung Thought. He loved and revered our great leader Chairman Mao whole-heartedly, safeguarded Chairman Mao's proletarian revolutionary line resolutely, persevered in continuing the revolution under the dictatorship of the proletariat and in combating and preventing revisionism, and fought all his life for the realization of the great ideal of communism.
"We should learn from his noble quality of serving the people whole-heartedly. Under the leadership of Chairman Mao and the Party Central Committee, Comrade Chou En-lai undertook the arduous day-to-day tasks of the party and the state. He was always diligent and conscientious, hard working and uncomplaining, indefatigable and selfless in working for the interests of the people of China and the world.
"We should learn from his staunchness in fighting the enemy. No matter how ruthless the white terror, how fierce the armed struggle and how sharp the battle in face-to-face negotiations with the enemy, he was always daring regardless of personal danger, brilliant and resourceful, brave, steadfast, calm and fully confident of victory.
"We should learn from his strong proletarian party spirit. He was open and above-board, paid attention to the interests of the whole, observed party discipline, was strict in 'dissecting' himself and good at uniting the mass of cadres, and upheld the unity and solidarity of the party. He maintained broad and close ties with the masses and showed boundless warm-heartedness toward all comrades and the people, He resolutely implemented the principle of the three-in-one of old, middle-aged and young cadres, and ardently supported the new forces and new things that emerged during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.
"We should learn from his fine style of being modest and prudent, unassuming and approachable, setting an example by his own conduct, and living in a plain and hard-working way. We should follow his example of adhering to a proletarian style of life and opposing the bourgeois style of life.
"We should learn from his revolutionary tenacity in fighting illness. While he was ill, he constantly studied and implemented Chairman Mao's principles and policies and kept on studying works by Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin and by Chairman Mao. Even when his condition became very grave, he attentively listened to several readings of the two brilliant poems of Chairman Mao published on new Year's day. This fully showed his indomitable revolutionary spirit.
"Comrade Chou En-lai, a great revolutionary fighter of the Chinese people, has left us forever. We should turn our grief into strength. Under the leadership of the party central committee headed by Chairman Mao, we should unite as one, take class struggle as the key link, conscientiously study the theory of the dictatorship of the proletariat, keep to the party's basic line, persevere in continuing the revolution under the dictatorship of the proletariat, adhere to Chairman Mao's revolutionary line and policies in foreign affairs, consolidate and develop the victories of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, consolidate the dictatorship of the proletariat, combat and prevent revisionism, and strive to build China into a powerful modern socialist country and bring the cause of communism to triumph. Unite to win still greater victories."
Party and state leaders extend sincere condolences to Comrade Teng Ying-chao.
In the past few days, hundreds of millions of people across China have been mourning for their esteemed and beloved Premier Chou with tremendous grief. People of all nationalities in China working at their posts expressed their grief and paid tribute to the memory of Premier Chou in a variety of ways. "The Premier is an example the whole party, the whole army and the people of the whole country should learn from," they say, "and he will always live in our hearts. We will turn our grief into strength, learn from the Premier's proletarian revolutionary spirit and his noble revolutionary qualities, and under the leadership of the party central committee headed by Chairman Mao, unite as one, take class struggle as the key link, fulfil all the party's tasks still better and advance valiantly along Chairman Mao's proletarian revolutionary line."
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Background: Party and State Leaders and People of Peking Hold Solemn Memorial Meeting for Comrade Chou En-lai
With deepest grief, Chinese party and state leaders and more then 5,000 representatives from various circles in Peking mourn the death of Comrade Chou En-lai, a fine member of the Communist Party of China, a great proletarian revolutionary, an outstanding communist fighter, and an eminent, long-tested party and state leader of the Chinese people. The solemn memorial meeting was held in the Great Hall of the People on January 15. A portrait of Comrade chou En-lai is hung in the centre of the hall. Beneath the portrait is the casket containing his ashes which is draped in the flag of the Communist Party of China and is surrounded by evergreens and flowers.
The wreaths presented by the great leader Chairman Mao and the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.
Wreaths from other party and state leaders Chu Teh, Wang Hung-won, Yeh Chien-ying, Tong Hsiao-ping, Chang Chun-chiao, Soong Ching Ling and others.
The wreath presented by Comrade Teng Ying-chao, member of the party central committee and Comrade Chou En-lai's old comrade-in-arms and widow.
Wreaths presented by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the State Council, the Military Commission of the Party's central committee, the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the departments under the party, government and the army; mass organizations, the P.L.A. high military area commands, the party committees and revolutionary committees of 29 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, and patriotic compatriots of Taiwan province.
Attending the memorial meeting are party and state leader Wang Hung-wen, Yeh Chien-Ying, Teng Hsiao-ping, Chang Chun-chiao, Soong Ching Ling, Chiang Ching, Yao Wen-yuan, Li Hsien-Nien, Chen Hsi-lien, Chi Teng-kuei, Hua Kuo-feng, Wang Tung-hsing, Wu Teh, Chen Yung-kuei, Wu Kuei-hsien, Su Chen-hua, Ni Chih-fu, Kuo Mo-jo, Hsu Hsiang-chien, Nieh Jung-chen, Chen Yun, Tan Chen-lin, Li Ching-chuan, Chang Ting-cheng, Tsai Chang, Ulanfu, Ngapo Ngawang-jigme, Chou Chien, jen, Hsu Teh-heng, Hu Chueh-wen, Li Su-wen, Yao Lien-wei, Wang Chen, Yu Chiu-li, Ku Mu, Sun Chien, and Vice-Chairmen of the National Committee of the chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Shen Yen-ping and Pebala Gelieh Namje, and President of the Supreme People's Court Chiang Hua.