Pa­tri­otic ar­ti­cle gets wide me­dia cov­er­age

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By XIN­HUA

Chi­nese me­dia have given ex­ten­sive cov­er­age to an anony­mously writ­ten online ar­ti­cle ad­vo­cat­ing pa­tri­o­tism and na­tional unity.

Wed­nes­day’s edi­tion of Peo­ple’s Daily, flag­ship news­pa­per of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, pub­lished a re­port on the dis­sem­i­na­tion of the ar­ti­cle, which is ti­tled “With­out your coun­try, you are noth­ing.”

It is not known where the ar­ti­cle was first pub­lished, but it has been re­posted more than 39,350 times on Sina Weibo, China’s main so­cial me­dia web­site.

Peo­ple’s Daily quoted the ar­ti­cle as say­ing that the rea­son China ex­pe­ri­enced for­eign ag­gres­sion in the past was that the coun­try was weak and poor. If the coun­try per­ished, in­di­vid­u­als would also be in peril.

“If China is thrown into tur­moil, it will be a catas­tro­phe for all the 1.3 bil­lion Chi­nese peo­ple,” the online ar­ti­cle states, adding that China’s pros­per­ity and de­vel­op­ment in re­cent decades prove that only the Party can unite and lead the coun­try.

Fur­ther pa­tri­otic quotes from the ar­ti­cle in­clude “We sup­port Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping”, “We have con­fi­dence in Pres­i­dent Xi”, “We will stand by Pres­i­dent Xi”, and “Love our coun­try, and al­ways re­mem­ber one’s well-be­ing will al­ways come with the well-be­ing of the coun­try and the na­tion.”

Peo­ple’s Daily also pub­lished a com­men­tary on the ar­ti­cle. “The des­tiny of all of us is bound to­gether with our coun­try, and only when the coun­try flour­ishes can in­di­vid­u­als’ free­dom and hap­pi­ness be guar­an­teed,” said the com­men­tary, un­der the by­line of Zhang He.

The com­men­tary said that unit­ing and striv­ing to­gether for China’s pros­per­ity, and safe­guard­ing the coun­try’s dig­nity and so­cial sta­bil­ity should be the Chi­nese peo­ple’s com­mon as­pi­ra­tion.

“The hard-earned peace, se­cu­rity and pros­per­ity in to­day’s China should be well cher­ished,” it added.

How­ever, the com­men­tary said there are still some prob­lems and im­per­fec­tions in China that need to be fixed, and a sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment is needed to ad­vance all kinds of re­forms.

Another com­men­tary, in the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Daily, said the great­est pa­tri­otic be­hav­ior on the part of sol­diers is to im­prove their fight­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and bring vic­tory to the coun­try.

Faced with new chal­lenges from China’s se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion and the mis­sion to en­sure the coun­try’s peace­ful de­vel­op­ment, the mil­i­tary should turn pa­tri­o­tism into con­crete mea­sures to build a strong army and al­ways re­main alert to its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, the PLA Daily said.

Tues­day’s edi­tion of China Youth Daily also quoted the online ar­ti­cle as say­ing that or­di­nary civil­ians will be the main vic­tims of so­cial up­heaval, and that safe­guard­ing the na­tion’s sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity should be the com­mon will of all cit­i­zens.

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