INTERNATIONAL

Deng's ideas will guide China forever: Hu

BEIJING, AUG. 21. The Chinese President, Hu Jintao, has lauded the ``indelible historic contributions'' of Deng Xiaoping in nation-building and asserted that the revolutionary policies of the late paramount leader would be adhered forever by the 1.3 billion Chinese people. ``Deng Xiaoping made indelible historic contributions to the Communist Party of China (CPC), the nation and the people during more than 70 years of his revolutionary career, and won the love and esteem of all CPC members, soldiers and people of various ethnic groups across the country,'' Mr. Hu said. Speaking on the eve of the 100th birth centenary of Deng which will be marked on Sunday, Mr. Hu, also General Secretary of the ruling CPC, said the late leader's scientific policies would be the guide for Chinese people in their endeavour to make the country a developed nation.

``Deng's great achievement will be enshrined in the glorious history of the Chinese nation, and his scientific theory will guide Chinese people forever,'' Mr. Hu said.

Deng, who died in 1997 at age 92, introduced the reform and opening-up policies in China that paved the way for a market economy.

Tough message

China invoked Deng today in its campaign to recover Taiwan, lauding his proposal to recover the island by a ``one country, two systems'' formula but saying he never gave up the threat of force. The issue of Taiwan's reunification with the mainland has turned the Taiwan Strait into Asia's most dangerous flashpoint since the March re-election of the Taiwanese President, Chen Shui-bian, who has enraged Beijing by espousing independence for the self-ruled democratic island, analysts say.

``Deng stressed in the mid-1980s that China should never abandon military means as an option in resolving the Taiwan issue, which could deter Taiwan's separatists,'' the Xinhua news agency quoted Chen Yunlin, director of the Taiwan Affairs Office, as saying late on Friday.

However, Beijing would maintain its primary policy of peaceful reunification, Chen told Xinhua. Deng's theory on reunification would remain the guiding principle in resolving the Taiwan issue, he said.

Beijing has regarded Taiwan as a renegade province that must be returned to the fold, by force if necessary, since the two split after the end of a civil war in 1949.

Splashed in media

Deng's views on everything from bridges to economic reforms have been splashed across the media in recent weeks.

The propaganda barrage is aimed both at reminding Chinese to whom they owe their new prosperity and to underscore the legitimacy of leaders who have succeeded him, and their policies.

PTI