Get a true, multidimensional, panoramic view of China from Buzzwords – Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America
On October 6, Ambassador Qin Gang virtually attended the opening session of the Tourism, Hospitality and Cultural Exchange Forum co-hosted by the US-Asia Institute and Las Vegas Sands Corp., and a delivered a keynote address.
Ambassador Qin shared with the audience seven buzzwords in China and used a multitude of images to vividly and humourously describe the latest developments in China and the attitudes of the Chinese people towards life. The two buzzwords, “People first, life first” [人民至上、生命至上] and “Heroes in Harm’s Way” [逆行者], underline the spirit of China in the fight against COVID-19, which is characterized by the priority given to people’s lives, nationwide solidarity, sacrifice, respect for science and a sense of the mission for humanity. The three buzzwords, “Lie Flat” [躺平], “Versailles” [凡尔赛], and “Celebrity Fan Clubs” [饭圈], sum up the lifestyle and philosophy of life of some young Chinese, as well as a fashionable social media culture and commercialized idol hunt. The buzzword, “Involution” [内卷] and “double reduction”[双减]reflect in contrast the pressure and impact brought by intense competition and commercialization in today’s society, and the way the Chinese government and society treat them.
Ambassador Qin pointed out that these buzzwords reflect the changing and steadfast elements of the values of the Chinese people as China experiences rapid economic growth and becomes more open and inclusive. Socialism with Chinese characteristics requires both material progress and cultural and ethical progress. We must maintain beautiful traditional values, defend fairness and justice, and not get lost in a market economy. In addition to the rule of law, China also practices the rule of virtue. Rooted in traditional Chinese values, there is a concern for the common good of mankind, as one Chinese poetic line shows, “how wonderful it would be if there could be tens of thousands of houses to house those who need it, together in joy! It is unacceptable that capital is allowed to seek profit and monopoly at the expense of public interests.
Ambassador Qin also took the public on a virtual tour of China, during which he shared several friendly reminders. The tour showcased a fascinating and colorful China and the progress of Chinese society, as well as the Chinese people’s enthusiasm for cultural and people-to-people exchanges with the United States.
Ambassador Qin stressed that tourism and cultural exchanges between China and the United States are the foundation of mutual understanding and correct perception of the two peoples. He hoped that the pandemic would be over soon, so that American friends could travel to China to study, work and have fun in order to get a true, multidimensional and panoramic view of China.
Chinese Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism Zhang Xu gave a video speech during the opening session. About 500 attendees, including Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, members of Congress, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, as well as representatives from the US-China Educational Trust, US Travel, University of Nevada and other organizations, joined the two-day forum in person. or by video link. The host also released video clips showcasing China’s landscape and culture as well as the Beijing Winter Olympics between sessions.
The U.S. attendees highly appreciated the importance of tourism and cultural exchanges in advancing U.S.-China relations, as well as the enormous opportunities offered by China’s reform, opening, and rapid development. to international investors. They said the United States and China, as two great countries, share a common responsibility to promote global peace, stability and prosperity, and have broad common interests in areas such as climate change, public health, the fight against terrorism and non-proliferation. The two countries should properly manage their differences, strengthen dialogue, strengthen cooperation and jointly promote the healthy and stable development of US-China relations, for the benefit of the peoples of both countries and the world at large.