Good Things Come in Small Pack­ages


Special Focus - - Contents - Gu Su 顾苏

In 1978, the renowned Chi­nese writer Xu Chi de­liv­ered a lec­ture on news re­port writ­ing tech­niques at a train­ing work­shop for young jour­nal­ists. Xu Chi said, “Let me pro­vide you a spe­cific ex­am­ple. Our late Pre­mier Zhou En­lai was a man who was ex­tremely metic­u­lous about ev­ery­thing.”

On Oc­to­ber 14, 1949, af­ter at­tend­ing the found­ing cer­e­mony of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, Madam Soong Chin­gling was about to board a spe­cial train to re­turn to Shang­hai. Zhou En­lai es­corted her to the train sta­tion. When the train was pulling out of the sta­tion, Zhou En­lai walked along­side it on the plat­form, and as the train slowly picked up speed, Zhou En­lai’s pace be­came quicker and quicker and he even had to run at last. With the train mov­ing faster and faster, Zhou En­lai ran on till reach­ing the end of the plat­form, and he kept wav­ing at Madam Soong Chin­gling all the time. He didn’t leave the train sta­tion un­til Madam Soong’s train van­ished out of sight.

“From walk­ing to run­ning with short and quick steps, those words have fully re­flected Zhou En­lai’s men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Xu Chi.

Later, the tran­script of the re­port reached Liao Mengx­ing, daugh­ter of the KMT party mem­ber Liao Zhongkai, through many hands. She mailed the tran­script to Madam Soong Qin­gling at once.

Madam Soong was 85 at that time. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing the re­port, she picked up a black-ink pen and tran­scribed rel­e­vant para­graphs from seven sheets of pa­per.

Later, Madam Soong wrote a let­ter to Liao Mengx­ing in re­ply, “I was so de­lighted to re­ceive your let­ter and the re­port by Com­rade Xu Chi. Nat­u­rally, I was also deeply touched by ev­ery­thing that Pre­mier Zhou ar­ranged for me to guar­an­tee my safety dur­ing that un­for­get­table trip.”

(From Tian­jinDaily . Trans­la­tion: Zhu Yaguang)

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