By Pradeep Kumar Gyawali
On behalf of the government of Nepal, the Communist Party of Nepal and on my own, I would like to congratulate General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Chinese President Xi Jinping, other high ranking leaders and members of the CPC as well as the entire Chinese nation on this landmark occasion. I am confident that under the leadership of the CPC, China will continue to maintain peace, stability and prosperity in China and the world at large.
The CPC was founded with the dream of achieving socialism through the communist movement and the ideological guidance of Marxism. The Party made an arduous journey during the last century. While making marvelous achievements, it has also suffered huge setbacks. In the initial years of its founding, the CPC established itself as an alternative power by developing bases among peasants and in rural areas, and by unifying the country fragmented by the warlords.
Long March embodied CPC's heroic spirit
Continuing its ideological struggle with various ultra-leftist and rightist aberrations, the Party toiled to adopt an indigenous course and structure that suited Chinese characteristics. To safeguard the revolutionary force, which was facing severe reactionary suppression in the south, the CPC undertook the Long March.
Like a fairytale, the Long March is one of the most remarkable events of the last century, full of adventures and sacrifices. To counter foreign aggression, the CPC spearheaded a united front alongside Kuomintang. This decision established the CPC among the people as an unrivalled torchbearer on two fronts－against feudalism as well as against imperialism. The betrayal by Kuomintang after the defeat of foreign aggressors, and its efforts to plant a reactionary regime enticed by foreign powers posed a severe threat to the CPC and the country.
Thanks to its reputation and popular support, the CPC successfully concluded the new democratic revolution in 1949. The founding of the People's Republic of China heralded the dawn of not only a new era marking the end of feudalism and foreign repression, but was also an inspiring event for oppressed countries and people across the world.
Over the past 70 years since the founding of the People's Republic, China has gone through various stages of change. During the phase of entering socialism by strengthening the democratic system, it successfully tackled the challenges, including non-cooperation from the Soviet Union, extremist mistakes in the course of implementing socialism, and natural disasters.