12-year-old di­plo­mat aims to pro­mote China

Changjiang Weekly - - SOCIETY - By Wang Su

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."

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