Editor's Note: Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), China has worked with all other countries to build a community with a shared future for mankind, which has boosted confidence and added impetus for development of Asia and the world. For the celebration of the 100th funding anniversary of the CPC, we are launching the “CPC in eyes of foreign military students” series, viewing China and CPC from the perspective of foreign soldiers.
By Burundian Army Second Lieutenant Muhirwa Fernand
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and this is also my 7th year as a foreign student in China. I’m now studying in the School of Civil Engineering of the Southeast University in Nanjing, capital city of Jiangsu province after graduating from the PLA Army Engineering University. During the seven years in China, I’ve had personal experience with the ancient and also modern China and witnessed its remarkable achievements in multiple fields. My experience in China also makes me understand that the country couldn’t have achieved what it has without the firm leadership of the CPC and hard work of CPC members undaunted by any difficulty or hardship.
When I first came to China in 2014, the operating mileage of its high-speed railways was 16,000 km and rapidly increased to 37,900 km at the end of 2020. Behind this incredible pace of development lies the CPC’s persistent commitment to improving the people’s lives.What impresses me most is that China has achieved a full victory in its anti-poverty battle by lifting more than 90 million poor rural residents out of poverty, accomplishing the arduous task of eliminating absolute poverty.
From the high-speed railway construction to poverty alleviation, CPC members always stand at the forefront and are dedicated to their positions. The more I engage with CPC members, the more I respect them. Among them is my postgraduate supervisor. As a scholar, he is extremely strict with engineering data and would stay awake for two days in a row to verify them. People with such craftsmanship spirit are working in every industry in China – their pursuit for perfection at work never ends, and most of them are CPC members.
The past year and more has witnessed China achieving major strategic results in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, surmounting the aftermaths of it, and emerging as the world’s only major economy that registered positive economic growth. In fighting its way through all these challenges, the Chinese people, under the leadership of the CPC, made united efforts in the same spirit and toward the same goal, marching from one victory to another.
The CPC is a political party that stays true to its original aspiration and mission and upholds the people’s interests above all. I believe that navigated by the CPC, China will embrace a better tomorrow of greater strengths and prosperity.
(This article is based on an interview by the PLA Daily with Burundian Army Second Lieutenant Muhirwa Fernand, who had once studied at China's PLA Army Engineering University.)