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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Holds the Theme Day Event of "Youth Strive for the Party and Make Contributions in the New Era" to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the May Fourth Movement and Commend the Outstanding Youth

2019-05-09

In the past 100 years, we have never forgotten our original aspirations as the wheels of the times rolled forward. On May 7, 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) hosted the theme day event of "Youth Strive for the Party and Make Contributions in the New Era" to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement and commend the 13th session of the outstanding youth of the MFA. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Secretary of the Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) of the MFA Qi Yu, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng and other leaders of the MFA who were in Beijing attended the event. About 700 people including representatives of various units within and affiliated to the MFA were present.

In his speech, Wang Yi extended his warm greetings to all the young comrades who fought on the front of diplomatic cause and congratulated the 13th session of outstanding youth of the MFA. He pointed out that General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at a gathering marking the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement, in which he deeply cherished the memory of the patriotic sentiments and revolutionary spirit of the pioneers in the Movement, spoke highly of the historical significance and far-reaching influence of the Movement, and comprehensively proposed the basic requirements to carry forward the spirit of the May Fourth Movement in the new era. All the comrades of the MFA, especially the young comrades, shall thoroughly study and implement the spirit in General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech, and embark on the diplomatic cause with high-spirited morale to enable the spirit of the May Fourth Movement to shine and flourish on the diplomatic front in the new era.

Wang Yi hoped that all young people on the diplomatic front must have: first, an absolutely loyal political position. Loyalty to the Party, loyalty to the country and loyalty to the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics are the most fundamental requirements for diplomats. You must always conform to the Party's will, follow the Party's step and resolutely safeguard General Secretary Xi Jinping's status as the core of the CPC Central Committee and his core position of the whole Party.

Second, unswerving aspirations and convictions. You must stay true to the belief in Marxism and the conviction in socialism with Chinese characteristics, and build solidly a spiritual home with firm aspirations and convictions. You must work hard to learn theories, tell right from wrong, fasten well the first button of life, and be determined to be a qualified successor to the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics and major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics.

Third, a historical undertaking of "who but I can do it". You must closely link your life with the national destiny, align your ideals with the diplomatic career of the motherland, put into practice the diplomats' core values of "loyalty, mission, and dedication" and shoulder the historical responsibility of advancing the major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics.

Fourth, an enterprising spirit to bravely scale new heights. Advancing the major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics is bound to encounter unprecedented difficulties and challenges. You must release our youthful passion with the spirit of perpetual struggle, dare to strike the water in midstream, constantly overcome difficulties, and elevate China's diplomatic cause to new levels with your youth and vitality.

Fifth, an unwavering commitment to life. You should see diplomatic cause as a sacred cause for the whole lives. Your must not hesitate, or quit halfway. No matter what circumstances you are under, you must maintain focused, uphold the ideals and strengthen convictions to devote yourselves to the cause of diplomacy of the country.

Wang Yi urged cadres at all levels to attach great importance to youth work, do a good job in it and become good friends and guides of the youth, thus creating conditions for the young people to display their talents in an atmosphere of both strict management and care, enabling everyone to have the opportunities to shine and making sure the diplomatic cause can be passed down from generation to generation.

   

On behalf of the Party Committee of the MFA, Qi Yu read the commendation decision and hoped that the young diplomats will keep in alignment with the examples and follow the spirit of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy. It is hoped that the young diplomats will aim high while keeping their feet firmly on the ground, and strive for success, so as to write a magnificent chapter of youth in the practice of major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics. Le Yucheng presided over the commendation session.

At the event, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Secretary Qi Yu, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng and Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao presented certificates of honor to the representatives of the 13th session of outstanding youth of the MFA. Shi Yulong from the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs delivered a speech on behalf of the award-winning youth. The young diplomats gave a performance called "Vitality of Youth in the Last Century", in which all people present recalled the passionate time 100 years ago and experienced the power of patriotism, faith, responsibility and struggle in the historical time and space. In addition, videos such as "Youth Is with the Motherland" and messages from the outstanding youth of previous sessions were played, which reflected the diplomats' patriotism, dedication to their country and strong determination to shoulder heavy burdens. Waves of applause filled the arena. The young diplomats expressed that the event has a clear theme and a lofty goal. Inspired by the touching event, we must follow the requirements of General Secretary Xi Jinping and bear in mind the entrustment of State Councilor Wang Yi and that of the Party Committee of the MFA, so as to follow the Party without forgetting our original aspirations and make contributions in our youth time in the new era.

The outstanding youth of the MFA is a lofty honor awarded by the Party Committee of the MFA to young diplomats. Since 1999, a total of 13 sessions have been held in recognition of the young comrades with brilliant political quality, a spirit to shoulder responsibilities, strong determination to strive hard and outstanding contributions. Up to date, a total of 239 young diplomats have won this honor.

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