December 21, 2006
report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New
China News Agency)
Beijing, 21 December: Chinese Vice-President Zeng Qinghong
stressed importance of unity among China's different ethnic
groups here Thursday [21 December] at the centenary of the
birth of former Chinese Vice-President Wu Lanfu.
Wu Lanfu devoted his life to the Chinese people's liberation
and socialist construction, Zeng said. Wu was respected and
loved by Chinese people of all ethnic groups for his
achievements in the unity and rejuvenation of the nation and
Wu was born in Inner Mongolia in 1906 and joined the Chinese
Communist Party in 1925. He led the armed forces of the
Mongolian nationality in the war against the Japanese.
After the war, he worked in Inner Mongolia and adhered to the
self-governing policies in the ethnic minority's autonomous
regions and realized the unity of east and west Inner Mongolia
after two important meetings in 1946 and 1947.
After the founding of the People's Republic of China, Wu was
elected as the leader of the CCP and the state, and he
continued to work for the development of Inner Mongolia
Autonomous Region until he died in 1988.
Zeng said Wu's name was closely linked to China's revolution,
construction and reform and he devoted his life to the
country's liberation and unity, socialist modernization,
reform and opening-up, and equality, unity and common
prosperity of the Chinese people.
"We should pass on the spirit of Wu and strive to create a
harmonious society and common prosperity of Chinese people of
all ethnic groups," he said.