On the afternoon of June 15, People’s Daily donated books to the Agricultural No. 14 Division of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps – the farms with the most severe conditions in Urumqi. Liang Heng, deputy editor in chief of People’s Daily, and Wang Chongjiu, deputy political commissar of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, delivered a speech during the ceremony.
Liang Heng said that for the past 50 years, the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps has made outstanding contributions to safeguarding national interests. The conditions on many farms today are still poor. Many farm workers long to read good books which can bring them spiritual comfort. Aside from the one-time donations of over 400,000 yuan worth of books, People’s Daily will also add another 100,000 yuan worth of news books each year until 2008. Wang emphasized that People’s Daily’s donation is a significant event in building the Corps’ cultural atmosphere.