Lifting the soul of the nation
Progress being made in fight against AIDS
Speaking atWednesday’s opening ceremony for the 10th congress of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the ninth congress of the ChineseWriters’ Association, President Xi Jinping called on Chinese artists and writers to step outside their own space and let their hearts beat in time to the rhythm of the people’s.
Calling people “the creators of history and sculptors of the times”, Xi said their “deeds on an epic scale are abundant, we just need the ambition to make epic works”.
He said the nation’s literary and artistic works should be peoplefocused, and artists and writers should serve the people by inspiring them with works that encourage every Chinese person’s “sense of national pride and honor”.
He called for works that cater to the times and feature notable Chinese elements, which means artists and writers should have a profound understanding of Chinese culture and a high level of cultural confidence.
To realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, there is need for not only material development, but also for cultural works that reflect the times, inspire people and encourage them to realize their dreams.
Despite suffering setbacks and difficulties in its millenniums-long history, the continual survival, development and prosperity of the Chinese nation is inseparable from the vigor of its culture.
Artists and writers should drive home the knowledge that culture and the arts are closely related to a nation’s destiny. Culture is the essence and soul of a country and a nation, and without cultural confidence, a country will lack an identity of its own.
Vivid stories are not in short supply in China, but the key is to tell them well. “We should sing and hop between the branches and leaves like little birds, and also fly and take a viewfrom high above like eagles,” Xi said. News: Subscription: Advertisement: Phone app: — PEOPLE’S DAILY
THURSDAY WAS THE 29TH WORLD AIDS DAY. Long feared and stigmatized, the disease is less likely to cause as much panic and confusion among people as it used to. However, there is still a long way to go in the fight against the disease. Beijing News commented on Thursday:
HIV/AIDS is caused by a virus that infects cells of the immune system, weakening the system and making the patient more susceptible to infections. Due to the lack of an effective cure as of now, those with HIV/AIDS still live in the fear of death.
But for many who are infected with the virus, the discrimination they face has caused tremendous harm to their dignity and daily lives. There have even been protests against treating those with the virus by some who say it was a “deserved punishment” for those who “did not take relationships seriously”.
The good news is such prejudices are much less seen or heard, thanks to the global efforts to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevent transmission of the disease over the past decades. It is estimated that the number of newly infected people dropped 35 percent in 2014, in comparison to that in 2000, and the reported death toll has declined 42 percent over the same period.
That has a lot to do with the fact that there are increasingly successful attempts to contain the spread of the virus and treat those who are infected since medical treatment started to involve the combination of three or more anti-viral drugs two decades ago.
In other words, there is plenty of hope that the once-incurable disease will become a controllable chronic one.