Beijing yesterday urged young people to carry forward the spirit of the 1919 May Fourth Movement by supporting the Government's economic reforms. State media said mainland youth should develop a 'pragmatic style of work' and a 'constructive attitude', underlining Beijing's emphasis on social stability. The media also highlighted the 'anti-feudal and anti-imperialist' attitudes carried on the tide of the May Fourth Movement. But they scarcely mentioned science and democracy, the two main ideals championed by the activists 80 years ago. Tomorrow should be marked 'under the context of celebrating the 20th anniversary of reform and preparing for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic,' Xinhua said. The People's Daily said the May Fourth Movement represented the 'spread of Marxism and [Chinese people's] choice of socialism'. Launched in response to the poor treatment China felt it received at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference at the end of World War I, the movement started with a demonstration in Tiananmen Square by about 3,000 students, and was followed by large scale strikes. The movement quickly developed into calls for Chinese society and government to embrace Western principles, including Marxism, Leninism, science and democracy.