FW: Zhao remembered

Barry Stoller bstoller at utopia2000.org
Fri Apr 13 13:35:41 MDT 2001

Xinhuanet. 2001.04.13 21:00:09. China's Communist Forerunner Remembered.

BEIJING, April 13 -- A symposium was held here Friday commemorating the
100th anniversary of the birth of Zhao Shiyan, one of the founders of
the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Li Peng, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee
Political Bureau, made a key-note speech at the meeting, calling Zhao an
outstanding proletarian revolutionary in the early years of the CPC and
an eminent leader of the workers' movement in China.

In his address, Li recalled the revolutionary life of Zhao who cherished
strong patriotism from childhood and participated in the great "May 4"
Movement against imperialism in 1919.

In 1920-21, Zhao, together with other Chinese communist forerunners like
Zhou Enlai, founded communist groups during their stay in Europe. Later,
he became one of the leaders of the General Branch of the CPC in Europe.

Zhao also wrote many articles to spread Marxism in China and led over
100 anti-imperialism strikes in different parts of the country and three
major workers' uprisings in Shanghai.

On July 2, 1927, Zhao was arrested and, later, executed by the
Kuomintang regime headed by Chiang Kai-shek.

Li called on people to learn from the advanced thinking and firm beliefs
of Zhao, who devoted his life to communism. An intellectual, Zhao became
an outstanding communist, Party official and leader of the workers'
movement by integrating himself with workers and peasants, Li noted.


Barry Stoller


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