200th Anniversary of Marx's Birth: President Xi: Marxism maintains the bright light of truth
May 5th marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx -- the most influential socialist thinker to emerge during the 19th century. A grand ceremony was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing this morning, to commemorate the great philosopher whose theories and ideals have inspired and guided generations. Chinese President Xi Jinping made a speech at the ceremony. Our reporter Su Yuting has more.
Two centuries on, society has witnessed dramatic changes, but the name of Karl Marx is remembered and respected all over the world and his theories, known as Marxism, maintain the bright light of truth.
These were the remarks of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the commemorative event to mark the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth.
XI JINPING CHINESE PRESIDENT "In the new era, the Chinese communists combine the basic principles of Marxism with China's reality, unite and lead the people to carry out revolutions, build projects, promote great causes and dreams, push forward comprehensive and ground-breaking historical achievements, as well as profound and fundamental historic changes. The Chinese nation has ushered in a great leap from rich to strong."
Xi reviewed the legendary life of the great revolutionist and philosopher, speaking highly of his remarkable efforts to contribute to society.
XI JINPING CHINESE PRESIDENT "Marx spent his life in exile. His family lived in poverty and illness. But the hardship of personal life did not alter his purpose and ideals. He kept fighting until the end of his great life."
President Xi said Karl Marx's life was defined by his noble ideals and his unremitting struggle for human liberation. He said Marx went all the way in the pursuit of truth, without fear of hardship or obstacles. He fought to the very last to overthrow the old world and build a new one.
SU YUTING BEIJING "2018 not only marks the 200th anniversary of Marx's birth, and the 170th anniversary of the publication of the Communist Manifesto, but it's also the 40th anniversary of China's Reform and Opening Up program. Marxism's meaning and China's governance shows us that Karl Marx's legacy is still relevant today. SU Yuting, CGTN, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.