(Photo/ Wuxian Huaian)
An exhibition on the legacy of the late Premier Zhou Enlai kicked off in his hometown of Huaian City, East China’s Jiangsu Province on Feb. 25.
To mark the 120th anniversary of Zhou’s birth, about 70 percent of objects and 60 percent of literature available are showcased to the public for the first time in the exhibition. Many images and relics are highly valuable as they were provided by family members and those who worked with Premier Zhou.
Yao Xiaodong, Party chief of Huaian City, said the exhibition is both a tribute to the former premier and a start to practicing Zhou’s spirit. Huaian people have always been proud of Premier Zhou Enlai, a widely respected leader, and the city will deepen study of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as well as the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress amid the commemoration of the former premier.
Yao also said that the city will further learn about the cultural and social values of Zhou Enlai’s spirit, and turn them into driving forces for developing Huaian as well as realizing the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.
Some 450 people attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition including Liao Xinwen, the honorary chairman of the National Research Association of Zhou Enlai Thoughts and Life, Wang Yanwen, director of the Publicity Department and the United Front Work Department of the CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee, and Zhou Bingde, niece of former premier Zhou Enlai. Other Huaian city leaders, including Cai Lixin and Wang Weikai, international guests and representatives of overseas organizations also attended the ceremony and enjoyed the exhibition.
In the ceremony, Wu Weishan, curator of the National Art Museum of China, donated a centerpiece bronze statue of Zhou Enlai and a white marble relief sculpture to the exhibition hall.
March 5 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of the former premier. The exhibition is an important venue for people to pay tribute to Zhou and learn about his spirit.