The number of countries with diplomatic relations has increased from 18 in the early days of the founding of New China to 180 now
Facing the world to build a community with a shared future for mankind
Weak countries have no diplomacy. It was the diplomatic dilemma at the Paris Peace Conference 100 years ago that triggered China’s May 4th Patriotic Movement, which gave birth to the birth of the Communist Party of China. From 1921 to 1949, the party’s foreign affairs work grew out of nothing, from small to large. After the founding of New China, Chinese diplomacy began to face the world with a brand-new attitude. The party put forward important theoretical ideas such as the “Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence,” “Middle Zone,” and “Three Worlds.”
The number of countries with diplomatic relations has increased from 18 in the early days of the founding of New China to 180 now.
Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, China’s international status and influence have risen to unprecedented heights, increasingly approaching the center of the world stage, and constantly making new contributions to building a community with a shared future for mankind. The “Belt and Road” construction has achieved fruitful results, and home diplomacy is splendid. It has successfully hosted multilateral summits of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Group of Twenty (G20), the BRICS, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It has also established the Asian Investment Bank together with all parties. , BRICS New Development Bank, etc. As General Secretary Xi Jinping said, China today is not only the China of China, but also the China of Asia and the China of the world.
Li Ming (ambassador of the Chinese Embassy in Solomon)
The five-star red flag was raised at the “youngest” embassy abroad
Two months later will be the first anniversary of the opening of the Chinese Embassy in Solomon. On September 21, 2020, the five-star red flag was gradually raised at the youngest Chinese embassy abroad.
The Solomon Islands is located in the northeast of Australia. There are more than 900 islands. The area of the Solomon Islands ranks second among the island nations in the South Pacific. On September 21, 2019, the two countries signed a communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations, and Solomon Islands became China’s 179th country to establish diplomatic relations. As early as the beginning of the last century, Chinese people came to the Solomon Islands by crossing the oceans, making great contributions to the local economic and social development.
This year, Li Ming, the first Chinese ambassador to the institute, was very busy. He went to the airport late at night to meet the new crown vaccine aided by the Chinese government, accompanied the Solomon Islands foreign minister to participate in the “Belt and Road” high-level video conference on international cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, and also met with local politicians, Participate in local activities and visit local provinces.
When I just learned that he was appointed as the first Chinese ambassador to the post, Li Ming was very excited and excited. For decades, the two countries have been politically isolated for a long time and have little understanding of each other. He really wants to meet this new friend, approach this new partner, and open up new windows and build new bridges for China’s diplomacy. On September 18, 2020, Li Ming presented his credentials to the Governor of Wunaji at the Governor’s Mansion of the Solomon Islands; on September 21 of the same year, the Chinese Embassy held an opening ceremony. Calculated according to the opening time, this is my country’s 180th embassy abroad, and it is currently my country’s youngest embassy abroad.
On the opening day of the embassy, many Solomon overseas Chinese came to the embassy to participate in the ceremony spontaneously. When the five-star red flag rose in the sky above the embassy, many people shed tears of excitement. “Solomon overseas Chinese look forward to the establishment of the Chinese Embassy for too long, and they have been separated from the motherland for too long.” Li Ming recalled.
There are 9 provinces in the Solomon Islands. Li Ming told the Beijing Youth Daily that these provinces hope to establish a local exchange and cooperation mechanism with Chinese provinces and cities and build communication bridges. The embassy is also making every effort to promote this work. During his tenure, he hopes to take a closer look in this country and spread the friendship between China and Societies to more places, islands and villages. “I am full of confidence in the development prospects of China-Society relations!”
Wu Yubo (Technical Director of Quanjude Group Roast Duck)
“Roast Duck Diplomacy” Witnesses: Roast Duck is the Most Popular at the UN Dinner
Quanjude Roast Duck carries a lot of Chinese culture behind it. Wu Yubo, the technical director of Roast Duck of Quanjude Group, has also participated in “Roast Duck Diplomacy” many times and has witnessed the stories of my country’s diplomacy.
Public information shows that Premier Zhou Enlai visited Quanjude 27 times to entertain foreign guests. In 1954, Premier Zhou hosted the artist Chaplin with Quanjude roast duck at his stay in Geneva. In 1960, Premier Zhou hosted Myanmar Prime Minister Ne Win and Nepal Prime Minister Koirala with a roast duck banquet. In July 1971, Kissinger, the special envoy of US President Nixon, arrived in Beijing. When the talks reached a stalemate, Premier Zhou suggested eating roast duck, leaving a moment in history.
Wu Yubo said that in 2013, a luncheon was held at the residence of the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations. Participants included Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and representatives of various countries to the United Nations. “The roast duck has been highly praised, and Ban Ki-moon also took pictures with our chef.”
One day after another grand dinner at the United Nations Headquarters, roast duck became one of the most popular dishes, and many people lined up. It took Wu Yubo just over an hour to roll the duck rolls.Wu Yubo said: “Quanjude has received a large number of Chinese and foreign guests in its history of more than 100 years. Although roast duck is just a delicacy, it plays a role in cultural exchanges. In some diplomatic occasions, eating a bite of delicacy may help solve some problems. Although Quanjude is only a restaurant, I am very proud of its role as a mediator in diplomacy.” Wen / reporter Guo Linlin
Wu Xinmin (formerly the captain of the Shanghai table tennis team)
Experienced “Ping Pong Diplomacy”: the only game that “must lose”
In April 1971, the American table tennis delegation participating in the 31st World Table Tennis Championships held in Nagoya, Japan, was invited by the Chinese table tennis delegation to visit China. It was the first group of the United States to be allowed to enter mainland China after 1949. people. After a lapse of 50 years, Wu Xinmin, a famous table tennis player and the captain of the Shanghai table tennis team at the time, recalled to a reporter from the Beijing Youth Daily the Sino-US table tennis friendly match in Shanghai at that time. Wu Xinmin said that it was the only “must lose” game he had ever played.
“The American players were very excited when they arrived in China, but they were a little worried when they heard that they would play two friendly matches in Beijing and Shanghai. A player named Resec told the Chinese through an interpreter that the level of Chinese table tennis is too high and he will play with us. They are under pressure.” Wu Xinmin recalled. According to Premier Zhou Enlai’s instructions at the time, the two friendly matches must be won and lost, reflecting the friendship first and the game second. In the friendly match in Beijing, China won by a narrow margin. Even if they knew that it was China’s “release of water”, the American players were very happy, but except for Resec, because he didn’t win a game in Beijing. In accordance with the requirements given to the Shanghai table tennis team by the leaders at that time, the American players who “lost” the Beijing friendly match had to let them “win” in Shanghai.
The result of the draw showed that it was Wu Xinmin who was playing against Resec. For Wu Xinmin, he must lose this game, but he must “lost beautifully.” During the match, Wu Xinmin “feeds the ball” to Reseke, and then thinks of a way to let the ball go. In the end, Resec won the game.
This “ping-pong diplomacy” also started the historical process of normalization of Sino-US relations. Wu Xinmin once thought this was an ordinary friendly match, but later learned that they were participating in a diplomatic activity that changed the world.
Hai Wen (Dean of Peking University HSBC Business School)
The first person to study at Peking University at his own expense: Going out is to come back
In 1978, Deng Xiaoping delivered an important speech on expanding the number of overseas students to study abroad. “We must send thousands of people, not just ten or eight.” This led to the rise of studying abroad. In 1981, the state clearly stated that studying abroad at one’s own expense is a channel for cultivating talents. Hai Wen, Dean of Peking University’s HSBC Business School, was admitted to the Department of Economics of Peking University in 1977. He went to the United States to study in January 1982. He became the first person to study at Peking University at his own expense after the resumption of the college entrance examination. He was also the first to give up tenure abroad and return to China. One of the economists. He told the Beijing Youth Daily that the purpose of going out was to come back.
Haiwen was 30 years old when he went to study in the United States, and his rich life experience and knowledge reserves made him have a different understanding of the United States than other international students. “I can use economic thinking to look at this society more objectively. For example, what are its advantages? Why can it become a developed country? What problems does it have?” It is these thoughts that help Haiwen continue to make New life decision.
In 1995, Hai Wen, who had obtained a tenured faculty position in the Business School of Ford Louis College, chose to return to China. “This is a very natural choice. Our generation has a dream and responsibility for the country and hopes to be able to do things for the country.”
When he returned to China, several returnees including Hai Wen founded the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University. In more than two decades, the China Economic Research Center has become the National Development Research Institute, a national-level think tank, offering advice and suggestions for China’s reform and development.
Li Yuhong (the first batch of outbound tour leader of CYTS)
The CYTS tour leader experienced the rapid development of China’s outbound tourism
On July 1, 1997, the National Tourism Administration and the Ministry of Public Security issued the “Interim Measures for the Administration of Chinese Citizens’ Travelling Abroad at Their Expenses”, and outbound travel has become an important part of China’s tourism market. Since then, the number of Chinese citizens traveling abroad has risen rapidly, and by 2014, the number of Chinese citizens traveling abroad exceeded 100 million for the first time. As the first group of outbound tour leaders of CYTS, Li Yuhong has been leading a group tour since 2003 and has experienced a period of rapid development of outbound tourism for Chinese citizens. He has been engaged in outbound travel services for many years, and Li Yuhong is deeply impressed by the changes in tourist equipment. When traveling with a group for the first time, tourists each had a SLR camera with a large telephoto, and they had to take pictures of everything they saw. Now no one takes them anymore. A mobile phone is enough.
The changes in the tourists themselves also made Li Yuhong very emotional. In order not to use disposable chopsticks as much as possible when going out, Li Yuhong will bring a pair of bamboo chopsticks with him. He said that tour guides must set an example, pay attention to environmental protection, and tourists will also take care not to litter or spit.
Text / reporter Dong Xin (except for signature)
Photo courtesy/Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, Visual China data compilation/Dong Xin
Coordinator of this edition/Drawing by Xu Feng and Liu Xiaoxue/Pan Fan