“It takes a good blacksmith to make good steel.”
“It takes a good blacksmith to make good steel” is a popular Chinese adage. It means that only by conducting yourself honorably can you expect others to do the same, or in other words, only a good example can serve as the best sermon. Xi Jinping quoted this saying when he met the press covering the 18th CPC National Congress at the Great Hall of the People on November 15, 2012 to explain the importance of Party building. The newly elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee stressed that as the ruling party, the CPC must take a principled and disciplined approach to Party building, as this is the key to the advancement of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Only with a strong CPC, can there be progress towards our goals, prosperity and stability for our country, and happiness and peace for our people.