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"From Down-to-Earth Journalist to Top CPC Leadership"

   - Liu Yunshan, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee

Autumn 1981: Liu Yunshan (center), then a Xinhua reporter, interviews Ewenqi hunters in northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Xinhua

"Today, our Party has a good line to follow and solid goals to attain," remarked Liu Yunshan. "But what really matters is how we turn those ideas into action by improving the way we work, the manner in which we study and the style in which we write."

Liu, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), was participating in a symposium in Beijing on December 10, 2012, which was held to solicit public opinions about how to learn and publicize ideas of the 18th National Congress of the CPC.

The symposium again showcased the efficient working style that new CPC leadership promotes. After the 18th National Congress of the CPC, members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau often participated in such symposiums to identify public concerns.

On November 15, 2012, Liu, at the age of 65, was elevated to the top leadership of the CPC at the First Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee.

"Get down to the earth," Liu often told his colleagues. "Only in this way can we become people of confidence and intelligence." He follows such principles himself. His pragmatism impressed people, whether he was a journalist with Xinhua News Agency or head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee – whether he was living in border areas of northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region or in Beijing, the Chinese capital.