Fam­ily binds na­tion, its peo­ple, Xi says

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - ByBy ANAN BAIJIEBAIJIE in Bei­jing an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The week­long Spring Fes­ti­val hol­i­day ended on Wed­nes­day af­ter the re­union of nu­mer­ous Chi­nese fam­i­lies around the world. And as Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping put it, such fam­ily re­unions are im­por­tant to ful­fill the Chi­nese Dream of na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion.

“Dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val, when mem­bers of a fam­ily get to­gether, we feel that re­union is hap­pi­ness and unity is strength,” Xi said at a gath­er­ing on Feb 14, two days ahead of Spring Fes­ti­val.

Spring Fes­ti­val, or Lu­nar New Year, is re­garded as the most im­por­tant tra­di­tional fes­ti­val for those of Chi­nese ori­gin, char­ac­ter­ized by fam­ily re­unions, feasts and per­for­mances.

“We should nur­ture and prac­tice core so­cial­ist val­ues, foster the tra­di­tional virtues of the Chi­nese na­tion and love both fam­ily and the coun­try,” said Xi, who is also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion.

The pres­i­dent urged the peo­ple to in­te­grate their per­sonal and fam­ily dreams with the Chi­nese Dream of na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion.

“We should pool the wis­dom and strength of more than 1.3 bil­lion Chi­nese peo­ple in more than 400 mil­lion house­holds to strive for the great suc­cess of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics for a new era and re­al­ize the Chi­nese Dream of na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion,” he said.

Xi has stressed the im­por­tance of fam­ily bonds, fam­ily love and fam­ily val­ues in his speeches in re­cent years.

While ad­dress­ing the an­nual Spring Fes­ti­val greet­ings on Jan 26, 2017, Xi called on the na­tion to love fam­i­lies and friends. Love should reach to ev­ery fam­ily and bring warmth to all Chi­nese like a spring breeze blow­ing across the na­tion, he said.

“The Chi­nese peo­ple have al­ways val­ued love and high moral­ity,” Xi said. He urged peo­ple not to ne­glect their fam­i­lies, com­rades and loved ones, no mat­ter how busy they are in their work.

In his Lu­nar New Year greet­ings on Feb 17, 2015, Xi stressed fam­ily bonds and fam­ily ed­u­ca­tion.

Xi said that Chi­nese tra­di­tions and virtues of fam­ily har­mony and af­fec­tion should not be for­got­ten so as to en­sure that the young grow up healthily and se­nior cit­i­zens are taken care of.

“Fam­ily is the ba­sic cell of so­ci­ety and the first school of our life,” Xi said. No mat­ter how time has changed, the fam­ily value, fam­ily ed­u­ca­tion and fam­ily build­ing must be stressed so that the mil­lions of fam­i­lies be­come im­por­tant points for na­tional devel­op­ment, eth­ni­cal progress and social har­mony, he added.

The pres­i­dent has high­lighted the im­por­tance of fam­ily and stressed fam­ily bonds, fam­ily val­ues and fam­ily ed­u­ca­tion on many oc­ca­sions.

In his re­port to the 19th CPC Na­tional Congress, Xi called for ef­forts to cul­ti­vate and ob­serve core so­cial­ist val­ues through such mea­sures as en­cour­ag­ing ex­ten­sive pub­lic in­volve­ment, start­ing with fam­i­lies and chil­dren.

“We will en­cour­age our peo­ple to strive for ex­cel­lence and to de­velop stronger virtues, re­spect the el­derly, love fam­i­lies and be loyal to the coun­try and the peo­ple,” Xi said in the re­port.

While meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the first Na­tional Con­fer­ence of Model Fam­i­lies in De­cem­ber 2016, Xi told a story about fam­ily ed­u­ca­tion. The con­fer­ence was the first of its kind to honor model fam­i­lies se­lected na­tion­wide. A to­tal of 300 model fam­i­lies won the honor.

“When I was a child, my mother gave me a pic­ture-story book se­ries — The Leg­end of Yue Fei. One of its more than 10 vol­umes il­lus­trates Yue Fei’s mother tat­too­ing four char­ac­ters mean­ing ‘serve the coun­try with the ut­most loy­alty’ across his back,” Xi said, adding that the story deeply im­pressed him.

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