Brush­ing up

Peng leads for­eign vis­i­tors to ac­tiv­ity pro­mot­ing aware­ness of HIV, cam­pus preven­tion ef­forts

China Daily (USA) - - G20 2016 CHINA - By CAO YIN in Hangzhou caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

First lady Peng Liyuan, flanked by Iri­ana Joko Wi­dodo (left), first lady of In­done­sia, and Pim­pen Sakunt­ab­hai, wife of Thai­land’s prime min­is­ter, try Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy dur­ing a visit to the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, on Mon­day.

China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, called for a re­dou­bling of in­ter­na­tional ef­forts against HIV/AIDS on Mon­day in­Hangzhou, the host city of the G20 Lead­ers Sum­mit.

As the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s good­will am­bas­sador for tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and HIV, Peng led a group of of­fi­cials’ spouses to Zhe­jiang Uni­ver­sity for an anti-AIDS ac­tiv­ity.

“I have pro­vided sup­port and have been en­gaged in ac­tiv­i­ties to pop­u­lar­ize the preven­tion of AIDS in col­leges,” Peng said. “Such ac­tiv­i­ties have been held at many Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties and have borne great fruit so far.”

Spouses from Ar­gentina, In­done­sia, Laos, Mex­ico, Tur­key, Sin­ga­pore and Thai­land at­tended the ac­tiv­ity with Peng. They watched a video about fight­ing AIDS and lis­tened to a speech about how the cam­pus is work­ing to pre­vent the disease.

Uni­ver­sity stu­dents shared their un­der­stand­ing about preven­tion and ex­pressed their de­ter­mi­na­tion to stop AIDS. Two teenagers af­fected by AIDS told their sto­ries and shared their hopes for the fu­ture.

The vis­it­ing women put red rib­bons — the HIV/AIDS aware­ness sym­bol — on a sig­na­ture board to sig­nify they were “hand-in-hand for im­prov­ing AIDS preven­tion and con­trol”.

Sev­eral ath­letes who par­tic­i­pated in Rio Olympic Games, in­clud­ing swim­mers Sun Yang and Fu Yuan­hui, also at­tended the ac­tiv­ity and vol­un­teered to fight AIDS.

Peng’s en­gage­ment in anti-AIDS ef­forts dates to 10 years ago, when she helped chil­dren af­fected by

Re­gard­less of their HIV sta­tus, na­tion­al­ity or color, they de­serve care, sup­port and a happy child­hood.” Peng Liyuan, China’s first lady

HIV/AIDS and pro­moted preven­tion mes­sages.

On July 29, when a sum­mer camp was launched at the For­bid­den City in Beijing, Peng called for more so­cial sup­port for af­fected chil­dren.

She said dur­ing the Love in the Sun­shine China-Africa Chil­dren Sum­mer Camp: “Along with healthy chil­dren, those suf­fer­ing or af­fected by AIDS are the world’s fu­ture; and re­gard­less of their HIV sta­tus, na­tion­al­ity or color, they de­serve care, sup­port and a happy child­hood.”

In De­cem­ber, Peng par­tic­i­pated in an­other anti-AIDS ad­vo­cacy event in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa.

OnMon­day, she in­vited wives of lead­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou to visit the China Academy of Art to learn about Chi­nese cul­ture through hand­writ­ing, silk and the academy’s his­tory.

All the guests tried Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy dur­ing the visit and showed in­ter­est in the silk cloth­ing on dis­play.

XIE HUANCHI / XIN­HUA

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