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From mud-brick homes to apartment buildings, from drinking water from wells or cisterns to tap water, Peizhai Village of Huixian City in central China’s Henan Province has transformed in just a few years from an impoverished village to one which other villages often look up to. The success can be attributed to a number of factors, and one is that the village is led by a competent official, Pei Chunliang.
Pei, born and raised in the village, was a self-made successful rural entrepreneur, when in 2005, he was voted by his fellow villagers to be the village chief. In the following years, he led the village to build a new village site (which was funded out of his own pocket) and set up a business group that runs multiple industries such as cement, tourism, electricity and chemicals. The village has built reservoirs, vegetable bases and flower bases and prospered under his leadership.
Pei is one of the 35 million rural members of the Communist Party of China (CPC). They have led their fellow CPC members to help lift tens of millions of rural Chinese out of poverty in the past few decades, a miracle that the world marvels at.
These CPC members have strong faith. They are convinced that no matter how times change, they must commit themselves to the cause of helping the public live better lives.
They are ready to give rather than take. After funding the new village site project with 30 million yuan, Pei gave each household 10 tons of cement in 2010 to help them build new homes.
They are competent at what they do. Rural CPC officials are capable of energizing farmers to engage in land trade and to improve their traditional way of making ends meet.
These CPC officials also have great integrity and virtue. They have high moral standards in their work and life, which sets a great example for the ordinary people.
Outstanding CPC officials like Pei are not isolated cases: it has to do with the Party’s way of selecting and training its members.
The CPC selects capable officials, regardless of their age and background. In rural areas, the village chief can play a vital role in the development of the entire village. In recent years, China’s rural areas have selected local officials from all walks of life, including rural entrepreneurs like Pei, veterans, retired officials and college graduates. As long as they abide by Party discipline and are capable, they can be promoted.