12-year-old diplomat aims to promote China
Xiao Ziyi, a 12-year-old student in the primary school department of Wuhan Foreign Languages School, was awarded the 7th Wuhan Modern Juvenile Good Habit Image Ambassador prize on May 30.
Xiao won first prize at the third Little Diplomat English speaking contest for primary and middle school students in Wuhan last January. She was later selected by the Wuhan Foreign Affairs Office to take part in a reception for the British PM Theresa May. She explained in fluent English a painting that she showed the PM in which she had drawn the Yellow Crane Tower, East Lake, the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, and a plum blossom. The plum blossom is the city flower of Wuhan and the word "plum" (Méi in pinyin) is pronounced in Chinese like the PM's surname May. The PM was impressed. She praised Xiao and encouraged her to become a cultural liaison between China and the U.K.
After winning the award, Xiao has a good idea about what she will do when she becomes an adult. "After I grow up, I'll serve as a cultural envoy between China and Britain. I'll help the world to see the breadth of Chinese culture."