Chi­na com­me­mo­ra­tes Sun Yat-sen’s birth

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CHI­NA -- Of­fi­ci­als and re­si­dents in ma­ny parts of Chi­na gat­he­red Sa­tur­day to com­me­mo­ra­te the 150th an­ni­vers­a­ry of Sun Yat-sen’s birth. Born in 1866, Sun is the fo­rerun­ner of Chi­na’s de­mo­cra­tic re­vo­lu­ti­on and an in­stru­men­tal play­er in over­thro­wing the Qing Dy­nasty and en­ding feu­da­lism in Chi­na. In Zhongshan Ci­ty in south Chi­na’s Gu­ang­dong Pro­vin­ce, his bir­th­pla­ce, mo­re than 300 pe­o­p­le, in­clu­ding re­la­ti­ves of Sun and his fol­lo­wers and ma­ny from Hong Kong, Ma­cao and Tai­wan, gat­he­red at Sun’s for­mer ho­me to pay their tri­bu­tes. They pre­sen­ted flo­wers and bo­wed three ti­mes be­fo­re Sun’s sta­tue. In Gu­ang­dong pro­vin­ci­al ca­pi­tal Gu­angz­hou, se­ni­or of­fi­ci­als and re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves of the pu­blic gat­he­red at the Sun Yat-sen me­mo­ri­al hall to com­me­mo­ra­te Sun. Gu­ang­dong’s Par­ty chief Hu Chun­hua said in his speech that pe­o­p­le in Gu­ang­dong are proud that such a gre­at man was born he­re and the gre­at spi­rit of Sun will en­cou­ra­ge lo­cal pe­o­p­le to mo­ve for­ward. Hu and other se­ni­or of­fi­ci­als laid flo­wers in front of a sta­tue of Sun. In Shang­hai, lo­cal au­tho­ri­ties held a con­fe­ren­ce to com­me­mo­ra­te Sun. In his ad­dress to the ga­thering, Shang­hai’s Par­ty chief Han Zheng cal­l­ed lo­cal of­fi­ci­als to in­herit Sun’s pre­cious spi­ri­tu­al heri­ta­ge and push for­ward the re­form, ope­ning-up and mo­der­ni­za­ti­on dri­ve. Shang­hai should ta­ke the lead in terms of re­form and in­no­va­ti­on, Han said. Lo­cal of­fi­ci­als and re­si­dents al­so gat­he­red at Sun’s for­mer ho­me in Shang­hai and bo­wed three ti­mes to pay res­pects. In Nan­jing, ne­ar­ly 200 of­fi­ci­als and re­si­dents vi­si­ted Sun’s mau­so­le­um to pay their tri­bu­te. “The Com­mu­nist Par­ty of Chi­na sha­red the sa­me dream of the re­ju­ve­na­ti­on of the Chi­ne­se na­ti­on with Sun,” said Yu Wei­gang, a pro­fes­sor with East Chi­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Scien­ce and Tech­no­lo­gy in Shang­hai. “We ha­ve ma­de gre­at le­ap for­wards in the in­fra­struc­tu­res, pe­o­p­le’s li­ving standard and the coun­try’s in­ter­na­ti­o­nal sta­tus,” said Yu. “But we should ne­ver for­get our dream and ga­ther gre­a­ter cou­ra­ge to mo­ve for­ward.” In Tai­wan, Hung Hsiu-chu, chair­wo­man of the Kuom­in­tang (KMT) Par­ty un­vei­led a spe­ci­al ex­hi­bi­ti­on mar­king the 150th an­ni­vers­a­ry at the Sun Yat­sen Me­mo­ri­al Hall in Tai­pei. Events we­re al­so or­ga­ni­zed in Hong Kong and Ma­cao to com­me­mo­ra­te Sun’s bir­th­day an­ni­vers­a­ry.


Of­fi­ci­als pay res­pect in front of a Sun Yat-sen mo­nu­ment at Biyun Tem­ple in Be­ij­ing, ca­pi­tal of Chi­na. (Pho­to: Xin­hua)

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