(A Closer Look at China) From Seattle to San Francisco, Xi Jinping tells three stories
China News Service, San Francisco, November 16 (Reporter Liang Xiaohui and Guo Jinchao) Eight years ago, in Seattle, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was visiting the United States, delivered a speech to friendly people from all walks of life in the United States. He quoted classics and discussed Sino-US relations, which left a deep impression on the world. impression.
Eight years later, Xi Jinping, who was on another trip to the United States, delivered a speech at the joint welcome banquet of American friendship groups on the evening of November 15, local time in San Francisco, and once again won rounds of applause.
In two important speeches from Seattle to San Francisco, Xi Jinping told three stories to the United States and the world.
On the evening of November 15th local time, President Xi Jinping attended a welcome banquet jointly organized by American friendship groups in San Francisco, USA. This is an important speech delivered by Xi Jinping.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Yao Dawei
The story is moving because of its true feelings. In 2015, in Seattle, during a speech at a joint welcome banquet between the local government of Washington State and American friendship groups, Xi Jinping told the true story of himself and Liang Jiahe, starting from his experience of queue jumping as a teenager. In the story, Liangjiahe went from being “often unable to eat a piece of meat for several months” to living in brick houses and using the Internet. “Of course eating meat is no longer a problem.” The changes in the small village of Liangjiahe are a microcosm of the development and progress of Chinese society.
At present, in San Francisco, the story of Liangjiahe is still mentioned by Xi Jinping: “I lived and worked with farmers in a small village in northern Shaanxi when I was less than 16 years old. I know what the people are worried about and what they hope for.” And the people, Still the protagonist in the Chinese story. Xi Jinping said, half a century has passed from then to now, and being among the people makes me feel at ease, and being with the people gives me strength.
He went on to say that the Communist Party of China serves the people, and the people’s yearning for a better life is our goal and the people’s heart that must be guarded.
Today, China has got rid of poverty and achieved comprehensive moderate prosperity, but this is not the end of happiness. Chinese-style modernization has now become a key word in Xi Jinping’s China story.
“We have found a development path that suits us and are comprehensively promoting the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation with Chinese-style modernization,” Xi Jinping said. Then he unfolded a concrete picture of Chinese-style modernization to the world: committed to unity and struggle, common prosperity, all-round development, sustainable development, and peaceful development…
From poverty alleviation to Chinese-style modernization, development is the eternal theme of human society, and China’s story continues.
On November 15, local time, President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden held a China-U.S. Presidential Meeting at Philoli Manor.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Ding Lin
Using stories to close the distance with the listeners is a major feature of Xi Jinping’s speeches. To friends from all walks of life in the United States, Xi Jinping also tells the story of the United States so that the other party can understand and resonate.
Speaking at the welcome banquet in San Francisco, Xi Jinping first told the audience about an episode of his interaction with US President Joe Biden during the heads-of-state meeting. “President Biden found (this photo) from somewhere this morning and showed it to me,” which caused a burst of knowing laughter from the audience.
At that time, Biden showed Xi Jinping a photo on his mobile phone from when Xi Jinping visited San Francisco in 1985. This moment was reported by Chinese and foreign media and spread quickly.
This story was told by Xi Jinping himself and immediately resonated with the audience. He then told the story of San Francisco in the pleasant atmosphere of the scene – San Francisco has “witnessed the centuries-old history of exchanges between the peoples of China and the United States” and “witnessed the efforts of China and the United States to build a better world.”
He specifically mentioned the signing of the United Nations Charter. “From here, the international order after World War II was established, and more than 100 countries successively gained national independence”…
In his speech at the welcome banquet in Seattle that year, Xi Jinping also used the story of the United States to “build bridges.” He mentioned the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” and said that it “made this city very attractive among the Chinese people”, and then pointed out that Washington state and the city of Seattle have become an important symbol of the friendship between the Chinese and American people and the mutually beneficial cooperation between China and the United States. .
He also talked about “The Old Man and the Sea” by the American writer Hemingway, “The description of the strong wind and heavy rain, the huge waves and the boat, the old man and the shark left a deep impression on me.” He pointed out that we need to understand different cultures and civilizations. understand deeper.
It is not difficult to find that the story told by Xi Jinping is a portrayal of China-US relations.
On September 22, 2015, President Xi Jinping attended a welcome banquet jointly held by the local government of Washington State and American friendship groups in Seattle, Washington, and delivered a speech.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Liu Weibing
The story of friendly exchanges between China and the United States.
Stories are written by people, and the story of Sino-US relations is also written by the people of the two countries. From Seattle to San Francisco, Xi Jinping repeatedly mentioned the story of people-to-people exchanges between China and the United States.
In his speech at the welcome banquet in Seattle, Xi Jinping stretched out his hands to make a gesture of “人”, and said: “In Chinese characters, the character ‘人’ is a shape of mutual support. China-US friendship is rooted in the people. Hope is in youth.” A simple gesture to impress the audience.
In his speech at the welcome banquet in San Francisco, Xi Jinping said in concise language: The foundation of Sino-US relations was laid by the people, the door of Sino-US relations was opened by the people, and the story of Sino-US relations was written by the people. The future of U.S. relations is created by the people.
Behind every concise statement are vivid stories: the Flying Tigers, ping-pong diplomacy, the first delegation of U.S. congressmen to visit China…Xi Jinping recounts these treasures, evoking the common memories of the people of China and the United States.
Today, the story of Sino-US friendship continues. In San Francisco, which is expected to become a new starting point for Sino-US relations, Xi Jinping wrote a new prologue to the story:
“I would like to announce here that in order to expand exchanges between the people of China and the United States, especially the young generation, China is willing to invite 50,000 American teenagers to come to China for exchange and study in the next five years.” Xi Jinping said in his speech.
The long river of history washes away the sand, and the most valuable things always settle down in the end.
From Seattle to San Francisco, the story of China, the story of the United States, and the story of friendly exchanges between China and the United States were written yesterday, told now, and will continue to be written in the future. (over)
[Editor in charge: Xu Dan]