Liu Chuanzhi mourns Chu Shijian for creating wealth and promoting social progress

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 Liu Chuanzhi mourns Chu Shijian for creating wealth and promoting social progress


Netease Finance and Economics March 6, March 5, the former Yunnan Hongta Group Co., Ltd. and Yuxi Hongta Tobacco (Group) Co., Ltd. Chairman, Zhu Shijian, founder of Zhuorange, died. According to the news confirmed outside Netease, Chu Shijian passed away at noon on March 5 at Yuxi Peoples Hospital. The date of the memorial service is still to be determined.

Liu Chuanzhi, chairman of Lenovo Holdings Ltd., expressed his condolences to Chu Shijian.

The full text is as follows:

Today, I am very sad to hear the news of Chu Laos death.

Mr. Chu Shijian is an elder whom I respect very much. I am a stranger during the Anti-Japanese War, and Chu Lao is a predecessor. I have a deeper and deeper sense of history. We have all witnessed what China used to look like and experienced its step-by-step development. We have made a comparison, so we will know the hard-won reform and opening up, and we will know how to cherish it more.

I admire Chu Lao very much. In his early years, I had won the prize with him. At that time, he had turned the dilapidated and dying cigarette factory he had just left into a leading large modern enterprise, and made Hongta Mountain the first brand of Chinese tobacco. He was 51 years old when he was the director of the factory, but he was still busy in the fields and carried out radical transformation of the enterprise. In the mid and late 1990s, he led businesses to generate 20 billion dollars in interest and tax revenue, and our turnover at that time could not reach that figure. As an entrepreneur, he really uses his responsibilities, wisdom and efforts to create wealth for the country and promote the development of social productivity, which I admire.

I also admire him for his optimism, tenacity in life, work and pursuit after the major setbacks in his life. When I visited him, he was studying soil, discussing soil improvement like an agricultural expert, without mentioning any setbacks. He is talking about the future, bright, this state and realm, for all of us are inspired, are examples. It is such a person and spirit as he that promotes the progress of society.

Pay tribute to the old and wish the deceased rest in peace.

Liu Chuanzhi

March 5, 2019