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Leaders' offspring carry on tradition

THE Great Hall of the People is filled these days with the genes of many of the leaders who brought the People's Republic of China into being.

The blood lines of the late Chinese leaders Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping are among those represented by descendants at this year's sessions of the National People's Congress, the country's legislature, and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, its chief advisory body.

Zhu Heping, a People's Liberation Army Air Force major general, a CPPCC member and the grandson of Zhu De, one of the founders of the Chinese Red Army, which was the forerunner of the PLA, provided a preview yesterday of the celebrations that will take place on October 1, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC.

He said that a formation of third-generation Jian-10 fighter jets is expected to fly over Tian'anmen Square during this year's National Day military parade.

The Jian-10, a single-engine, multi-role fighter designed and produced by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corp, is capable of interception, air cover and ground attack missions.

Zhu Heping, also a vice president of the PLA Air Force Academy, told the People's Daily Website yesterday that the most advanced domestically made weapons will be on show at the parade.

Soldiers have begun closed-door training to present a "most splendid and distinctive" parade for the National Day celebrations, another PLA general said yesterday.

CPPCC member Mao Xinyu, the only grandson of late Chairman Mao Zedong, founder of the New China, said he was mostly concerned with the issues of education and medical care during this year's annual session.

He said he subscribed to his grandfather's view that education should be focused on the development of people's morality as well as their intellectual and physical ability.

Other members of the CPPCC include Mao Zedong's daughters Li Min and Li Na; Deng Pufang, son of Deng Xiaoping; Zhou Bingjian, niece of Zhou Enlai; and Chen Haosu, who is the son of the late Marshal Chen Yi.


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