The Chinese Dream Is a Dream of the People—In a welcome dinner in Seattle in 2015, President Xi recounted China's social progress by sharing his stories of Liangjiahe where he worked as a farmer and later a CPC secretary in a small village.
On 26 April, 2019, a special ceremony was being held at the Beijing Friendship Hotel. Amid warm applause from hundreds of teachers and students of Tsinghua University, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin walked into the hall. Here the alma mater of President Xi awarded President Putin an honorary doctorate.
For most Chinese people, Kuliang may be a place they have never heard of. But for Milton Gardner, an American who once lived in China in the early 1900s, this place in the suburbs of Fuzhou City, Fujian Province is where he spent 10 happy years of his childhood.
Deep in the Wuling Mountains in northwestern of Central China's Hunan Province lies many beautiful and unique villages of Tujia and Miao ethnic groups. Featuring Wuyuan-style rural architecture, terraced farmland and boundless green fields, these villages are truly a feast for the eyes. Shibadong is an epitome of them.
In the summer of 2020, Ryo Takeuchi, a Japanese documentary director, went popular on the internet in both China and Japan. Chinese netizens call him "Uncle Ryo." Born in Chiba Prefecture of Japan in 1978, Takeuchi now lives in Nanjing of China. If you go to Douban, a movie review platform popular among young Chinese, you may find 11 of Takeuchi's works, most of which are related to China and have high ratings. But it is Long Time No See, Wuhan, a 61-minute documentary that has brought Takeuchi under the spotlight.
It was March 2020. COVID-19 was sweeping the world and putting millions of lives in danger. The Chinese Embassy in Germany received a call for help from a doctor at the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, southwest Germany, requesting medical supplies from China to aid his hospital in fighting COVID-19.
Many in the West see China's economic growth and the rise of a major country but know little about the tribulations China went through. Michael Wood's documentaries filled the gap.
From heavily polluted mining area to beautiful eco-tourism attraction, the green miracle of Yucun Village in E. China's Zhejiang Province has attracted many people from all over the world.
On October 4, 1971, in a lab of the Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, researchers held their breaths as they waited for the final results of an experiment on the antimalarial properties of a sample of ether-based neutral extract of artemisinin.
In the vast rice fields of Mahitsy, Madagascar, local farmers are harvesting rice. They gather the roots of the ripe crops in one hand and cutting them skillfully with a sickle in the other. Then they lift the crops high above and beat them on the ground repeatedly, for the ripe grains to fall off one by one. With the sound of "bang,bang", this beautiful and fertile land is filled with the joy of harvest.
The railway that Kenyan singer Sudi Boy sings about is the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). Spanning from the port city of Mombasa in the east to the capital city of Nairobi in the west, the SGR is Kenya's first railway since independence. Though the construction took only less than three years, Kenya had awaited it for a long century.
Located at the isthmus of Central America, Panama is known for the Panama Canal, Geisha coffee, and tropical fruits like pineapple and banana. On June 13, 2017, China established diplomatic relations with Panama, a country then little known to most Chinese but went on to impress the Chinese with its many delicacies.
In the 58 years since its first medical team was sent abroad in 1963, China has sent medical experts to over 70 countries. Since 2014, China has launched Brightness Action programs in some of the Asian, African and Central American countries by sending outstanding Chinese ophthalmologists to perform cataract surgeries and donating advanced eye surgical instruments. These programs have greatly contributed to the improvement of local diagnosis and treatment of cataract.
The Piraeus Port, located 12 kilometers southwest of Greece's capital Athens, is frequently mentioned in meetings between Chinese and Greek leaders. In the Greek language, Piraeus means "choke-point on the passage." Bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the south and the Balkan Peninsula on the north, it is one of the closest Mediterranean ports on the European continent to the Suez Canal-Gibraltar main shipping routes and has railway connection to the hinterland of Central and Eastern Europe. Its strategic location makes it a key port of the Mediterranean.
What kind of images does "blue sky" evoke? A beautiful scenery, broad-mindedness, or a promising future? For Ruslan, a handsome young Kazakh student in China, it means something special. Ruslan's Chinese name is Lu Silan, and his microblog ID is "Ruslan Blue Sky." In China, he is fondly called Mr. Blue Sky. With his sincere smile, selfless dedication, and goodwill toward the Chinese people, this name cannot be more fitting.
With a few hours drive from Serbia's capital Belgrade, one would arrive at the ancient city of Smederevo, where the high-rising boilers and cooling towers tell the location of Zelezara Smederevo, the steel plant. Within the plant, hot rolling machines are roaring with sparks of molten steel. Staff at the central control room closely monitor the operations of each workshop through the surveillance screen.
As Minning Town, a TV series that tells stories about paired-up poverty alleviation becomes a recent hit, the viewers are deeply touched by the farmers who strive to emerge from poverty, by their hardwork in breeding mushrooms, and by the bond between the farmers and their paired-up brothers and sisters from the more developed areas.
In April 2015, a photo touched countless Chinese people and received many re-posts and likes online. It featured a female Chinese naval soldier holding a little Chinese girl's hand as they prepared to board a warship. Carrying a backpack and holding a bottle of water, the little girl was walking briskly in good spirits. People captioned the photo "Don't be afraid. I'll take you home." The photo captured a most heart-warming scene during the evacuation of Chinese nationals from Yemen in 2015, and there are many more heartening and moving stories behind it.
Located at latitude 38.5 and longitude 68.8 is Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. In December, as winter bursts into this city, night in Dushanbe can be as long as 14 hours. The city is in the furthest inland of the Eurasian continent, over 1,600 kilometers away from the nearest ocean. The north wind from Siberia sweeps through mountains, covering the Ismoil Somoni Peak with fine snow. The downtown square is empty, and the howling north wind seems to become the master of the city, dancing on the square and covering the Statue of Ismoil Samani with a thick layer of frost.
Peace is the common aspiration of humankind. UN peacekeeping is an important means for preserving peace and security in contemporary world. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China earnestly fulfills a major country's responsibilities and obligations by firmly supporting and actively participating in UN peacekeeping missions. China's Blue Helmets is a peacekeeping force with courage and valor, and the protagonist in many memorable stories of peace defending missions.
On the vast tropical land of Brazil stand soaring lattice towers with crisscrossing power lines. They belong to the Belo Monte phase II ultra-high-voltage (UHV) transmission project—a project invested, constructed and operated by the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). On May 19, 2015, the visiting Premier Li Keqiang and then Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff attended at the Presidential Palace in Brasília the project's groundbreaking ceremony via video link. Witnessed by the Chinese and Brazilian leaders, the Belo Monte project started its marvelous journey.
From October 19 to 23, 2015, President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to the United Kingdom. In London, he attended the opening ceremony of the UK Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms Annual Conference. Cameron Patterson, a British university student studying Chinese at a Confucius institute, recited a poem in memory of Jiao Yulu at the opening ceremony. The poem was authored by Xi Jinping himself.
In early 2018, a book entitled China, Wie ich es sehe (China, as I See it) was launched in Germany, which quickly caught public eye and resonated widely among readers. The initial release of 7,000 copies were soon sold out, requiring a follow-up print run. In August 2019, just as the Chinese people were about to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese edition of the book made its debut in China and was highly rated by the academic community.
Since 1995, the United Nations has convened the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) annually to pool global consensus on tackling climate change and pursuing sustainable development in post-industrial times. In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was concluded after rounds of tough negotiations, aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions of developed countries. However, the United States refused to ratify the Protocol and Canada withdrew in 2011. At the 2009 Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change, there were deep divides between the developed and developing countries on emission reduction targets.
On June 5, 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping stated in his speech at the opening ceremony of the sixth Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum that the Belt and Road, namely the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century, represent paths toward mutual benefit which will bring about closer economic integration among the countries involved and enhance their capacity to achieve endogenous growth and to protect themselves against risks.
In March 2014, the Ebola epidemic broke out in West Africa and went on to become a global public health crisis. Responding promptly to the calls of the affected countries and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Chinese government lost no time in sending medical workers and supplies to the affected region, providing four rounds of emergency assistance totaling 750 million yuan ($115.38 million).
Running through the mountains in Central Asia, the Angren-Pap railway line is a milestone project between China and Uzbekistan built under the Belt and Road Initiative. It is also part of an international transport corridor along the Silk Road that links up China, Central Asia and Europe. The railway line's main tunnel, the Qamchiq Tunnel, is the first railway tunnel in Uzbekistan. Extending 19.2 kilometers, it is the longest tunnel in Uzbekistan and Central Asia. A miracle in the history of tunnel building, it is known as "President Project No.1."
The footsteps of history are clear and heavy. In mottled historical relics and precious archives reside memories of the past that wait to be rediscovered. In Pervomayskoye, a village on the outskirts of Moscow, a stately and elegant European-style building attracts many visitors every year, who come to feel the pulse of history. The building, opened to the public in 2016, is the permanent exhibition hall at the site of the Sixth National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
In June 1980, Deng Yingchao, then vice chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), led an NPC delegation to France and the headquarters of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. It was a rendezvous delayed for 60 years. The late Premier Zhou Enlai had always wanted to visit France again and recollect the memories of his student life there. Now, that wish had to be fulfilled by Deng on his behalf.
Isabel Crook, 106, is one of the founders of New China's foreign language education. She has spent more than 90 years in China, witnessed the Chinese revolution and trained the first group of interpreters for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In China's revolution and development, many foreign friends, inspired by the great cause of the Communist Party of China (CPC), came all the way to China and devoted themselves to bettering the lives of the Chinese people. Rewi Alley was one of them. A great internationalist fighter and an old friend of the Chinese people, he was the initiator of the Gung Ho (Chinese industrial cooperatives) Movement and founder of the Bailie School. His stories are still widely told on Chinese land.
"Don't claim there are no more challenges when you go downhill, as this would be misleading to others; there are always difficult mountains to scale, one after another."
On the evening of December 1, 2020, the Xiangshan Forum Video Workshop was held in Beijing. Ezra Vogel, over 90 years old and the former Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard, joined the event online. At such senior age, Vogel still continued his studies on China and closely followed the dynamics in China-US relationship.
There is a full-sized bronze statue in the Engebei Ecological Demonstration Zone in the Kubuqi Desert of China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, showing a thin man with a shovel in his hands, looking affectionately into the distance at the lush poplar forest. The man is Toyama Seiei, an agriculturist from Japan reputed as "Father of the Desert", who had turned the Engebei Desert green through 30 years of desertification control.
When people think of Yasser Arafat, the first thing that comes to mind is his signature keffiyeh, either red-black-white or black-white. He wore his keffiyeh in a unique way, carefully arranging it with only his left ear visible, which is said to resemble the map of Palestine.
The Shanghai Expo in 2010 attracted 73 million visitors worldwide, becoming one of the grandest events China held. More than 100 years ago, a young man had dreamed of this splendid future in his novel titled New China...
In 1932, China attended the tenth Olympic Games in Los Angeles, first time in history. Liu Changchun, a sprinter from Liaoning Province, became China's lone athlete. Before the Games, Japan coerced and induced Liu to represent the illegitimate Manchukuo regime, but was flatly rejected.
In the summer of 2007, the World Economic Forum (WEF) came all the way from Davos, Switzerland, where its winter annual meetings are held, to Dalian, a coastal city in China. This renowned gathering of world business leaders had its first summer session in the East of the world from September 6 to 8.
At the conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up, 10ten foreign figures received the China Reform Friendship Medal.
From October 20-21, 2001, the 9th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting was successfully held in Shanghai. A highlight of the meeting was the group photo of the leaders of APEC members, dressed in Tang Suits with new design elements, in front of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum on October 21. These suits, combining both traditional Chinese elements and modern Western designs, were known as the “Modern Tang Suits.”
At the stroke of midnight July 1 of 1997 came a moment forever engraved in history: accompanied by the national anthem of the People's Republic of China, the national flag of China and the flag of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) were hoisted in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. With that, China resumed the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong which finally returned to the motherland after a century of vicissitude. Recollection of this historic event invokes our memory of Deng Xiaoping, a great statesman, and his ingenious vision of One Country, Two Systems.
Oriana Fallaci was a journalist with Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, and a freelance writer for major newspapers of many countries. Her book Interview with History records her many interviews with prominent figures worldwide, including Henry Kissinger, Norodom Sihanouk, former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, Jordanian King Hussein bin Talal, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat, and Iran's religious leader Ruhollah Khomeini. Fallaci said that she wrote in the book her impression and comments about her interviewees in the most outspoken language.
On the afternoon of August 24, 2005, Nie Li and Kato Mihoko greeted and hugged each other like sisters in front of the office building of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, three years after their last encounter, and walked hand in hand into the meeting room.
Former Brazilian President José Sarney had a historic dialogue with Deng Xiaoping in 1988, forging a bond of South-South cooperation (SSC). China maintains that developing countries must support each other based on self-reliance through SSC.
During François Mitterrand's visit to the Confucius Temple in China in 1981, a photo of him sitting beside a dragon column was taken and was named: Listening to the Dragon. 3 months after the visit, he won presidential election in France.
In Vladivostok stands the famous All-Russian Children's Center, known as the “Ocean.” After an earthquake hit Wenchuan county in China's southwestern Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008, the Russian government invited over 1,500 Chinese children from the affected area to Russia for recuperation. Over 900 of them stayed in the “Ocean” and forged a special bond with the Center.
Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic, is a witness and supporter of China's reform and opening-up. Matsushita had a gentlemen's agreement with Deng Xiaoping, the “chief architect” of reform and opening-up. Check out his story with Deng.
Then Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping took the ice-breaking trip to #US in Jan of 1979 with the goodwill of enhancing understanding, friendship and trust after 3 decades of hostility and estrangement between the two major countries.
In the Jin-Cha-Ji Martyrs' Cemetery, Tangxian County, there was the tomb of Richard Frey, an Austrian doctor who devoted his entire life to the Chinese people's fight against Japanese aggression, the liberation of China and development of the People's Republic of China.
Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore, was one of the few world leaders who had met with all generations of the Chinese leadership.
She is the First Deputy Chairperson of the Russia-China Friendship Association. From the time when she was a young girl, she has been working diligently for China-Russia friendship. Even to this day, though her hair may have turned silver, her love for China remains as strong as ever, and she continues to dedicate herself to this cause. When the People's Republic of China (PRC) celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding, Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a presidential decree awarding her the Friendship Medal. She thus became the second Russian to be decorated with this distinct honor after Russian President Vladimir Putin. She is Galina Kulikova.
What I've done was just a grain of sand in the great undertaking, said Uruguayan Lao Luo, who may be the longest-staying Uruguayan in China. He witnessed China's progress and participated in cultural exchanges between China and the world.
Kenneth Kaunda, the founding president of Zambia, had dedicated his life to national liberation and progress – a common cause of China and Zambia – and the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
She is the Princess of Thailand, and the first Thai royal family member to visit China. She is the envoy of friendship, and the recipient of China's Friendship Medal. She is adept at literature, music and painting, and is very much into the Chinese culture. She is Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
On several occasions, Raúl Castro has sung in Chinese “Dong Fang Hong,” or “The East is Red,” a well-known song in China. His love for the song speaks to his long-standing, profound affections for China, as well as the China-Cuba friendship.
China and Pakistan are fraternal neighbors and all-weather strategic cooperative partners. The Chinese people refer to Pakistan by the endearing name of "Iron Pak," meaning the China-Pakistan friendship is as solid as iron. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1951. In the ensuing 70 years,thanks to the personal commitment of leaders of several generations and the wholehearted support of the people of both countries, China and Pakistan have forged an ironclad friendship.
In the 1970s, the United States and the Soviet Union stepped up their struggle for global dominance; the flaws in capitalism were coming to the fore; and developing countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, who had long been subject to oppression, became more eager than ever to fight for national independence and grow their economies.
The Nixon Shock, as the American newspapers called it, opened a new page in China-US relations and world politics.
Tanaka Kakuei, former Japanese PM, had one of his signature achievements of normalizing China-Japan diplomatic ties. Check out the present he received from Chairman Mao Zedong that embodies a bond of friendship forged btw two leaderships.
On November 15, 1971, headed by then Vice Foreign Minister Qiao Guanhua, the delegation of the People's Republic of China (PRC) made its debut at the United Nations (UN) Assembly Hall.
On a chilly yet refreshing morning in 1960, a dozen excited young journalists from Latin America arrived in Beijing, setting foot on New China for the first time.
Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet and winner of Nobel Prize, penned many poems extolling Chinese revolutions. He visited China 3 times and left behind a lot timeless poems expressing his admiration for the country.
“The bell chimes, calling the son to come home, like a whisper of sigh in his life. What his dark skin brings him is a life-long struggle for people of all colors.”
It was the beginning of the year 1970. News came that Wang Xingguo was about to work on a railway project in Africa. His wife Zhang Yunhua was very reluctant to let him go: Africa is so far away and their sons are still too little — the elder one is three years old and the younger one is only two. Wang tried to explain: He is a cadre, a CPC member; when duty calls, he must be the first to sign up. In October that year, Wang, together with over 1,000 co-workers, got on board the ocean liner Jianhua in Guangzhou and left for Tanzania.
On Jan 27, 1964, Chinese & French govts issued a joint communiqué stating two countries have decided upon the establishment of diplomatic relations. The historic event had a great impact and was called a “diplomatic nuclear explosion” by Western media.
From December 14, 1963 to February 4, 1964, Premier Zhou Enlai led a Chinese delegation to pay official goodwill visits to 10 countries - the first time for a Chinese state leader to visit Africa.
Six decades ago, the Cuban people, under the leadership of Fidel Castro and with heroic struggles, overthrew the reactionary dictatorship and won the victory of the revolution. The Chinese people, having had similar experiences, shared the joy and expressed solidary and support to the Cuban people in various ways.
Norodom Sihanouk, former King of the Kingdom of Cambodia, was an old friend of the Chinese people. For many years, he was committed to advancing the friendship between the two countries. He paid several official and goodwill visits to China and spent his last years in Beijing.
On 18 April 1955, the Asian-African Conference was convened in Bandung, a picturesque mountainous city in Indonesia. As the first large-scale international conference initiated and participated exclusively by Asian and African countries, the meeting riveted great international attention as it echoed the upsurge of national liberation movements across the world at that time.
Connected by mountains and rivers, China and Myanmar are neighbors sharing a longstanding "pauk-phaw" friendship. Myanmar is one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with New China. Between leaders of the two countries, there is a tradition of paying high-level mutual visits. For instance, Premier Zhou Enlai visited Myanmar nine times and Prime Minister U Nu visited China six times. During those visits, Premier Zhou's three appearances in Myanmar's national costume, and Prime Minister U Nu's two appearances in Zhongshan suit, a modern Chinese tunic suit, are still remembered fondly by people in both countries.
On July 18, 1954, on the sidelines of the Geneva Conference, Premier Zhou Enlai met with Charlie Chaplin, a master of cinema.
After the Korean War broke out in 1950, the US-led Western countries imposed a trade embargo on the newborn People's Republic of China. In 1951, renowned Cambridge economist Joan Robinson encouraged Jack Perry, a businessman in the garment industry, to engage in trade with China. Robinson and Perry reached out to people from the British political and business communities and persuaded them to attend the International Economic Conference held in Moscow in 1952, which eventually led to the signing of trade agreements between China and the UK.
A US Korean War veteran recalled how Chinese soldiers were inundated by heavy US artillery fire, kept moving like "logs" in a night of -20 to -30C. They crushed invaders armed with artillery, tanks & warplanes, a miracle in war history.
Mao Zedong characterized China's foreign policy as “cleaning the house before inviting guests.” Such a foreign policy reflected China's resolve to renounce its history of humiliating diplomacy and end all unequal treaties.
At 3 pm on October 1, 1949, Chairman Mao Zedong solemnly proclaimed on the Tian'anmen Gate Tower the founding of the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China. With that, an ardent dream of generations of Chinese came true. That scene, which goes down in history as an enduring classic, has been a source of inspiration for billions of Chinese people.
US journalist Seymour Topping was the first foreign reporter to break the news to the world about the PLA's liberation of Nanjing and was the first American reporter invited by Premier Zhou Enlai to the new People's Republic.
Dong Biwu wrote down his signature on the Charter of the United Nations on June 26, 1945, marking the CPC's debut on the international stage.
In 1933, an American journalist Jack Belden traveled across the Pacific Ocean to China, a country in the midst of war.
What was Yan'an like? US Army Observer Section of the China-Burma-India Theater arrived in Yan'an in 1944 and was impressed by the CPC's commitment to equality, democracy and efficiency, compared with the KMT govt.
During WWII, more than 100 American pilots were rescued in China by the troops under the leadership of the #CPC fighting the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression. The pilots became the witnesses of China-US friendship.
In 1941, Polish reporter Hans Shippe died on battlefield in China fighting the Japanese army. Shippe felt for Chinese people. Without the CPC and its troops, it would be unimaginable for China to persist in the war, he wrote in his article.
In 1941, Yan'an Japanese Worker and Peasant School opened to reeducate the Japanese prisoners of war & defectors during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression. How did this school work? What did it teach?
In October 1949, a foreigner was invited to the Tian'anmen gate tower for the founding ceremony of the People's Republic of China. The foreigner was George Hatem, known as Ma Haide in China, the first Westerner exceptionally approved to become a CPC member and obtain Chinese citizenship.
In 1939, Jakob Rosenfeld, an Austrian Jew, fled to Shanghai from Nazi persecution. After witnessing the atrocities of the invading Japanese army, he volunteered to join the New Fourth Army in 1941 and assisted the Chinese people in resisting Japanese aggression and fighted for national liberation, using his outstanding professional medical and surgical expertise. Hence began a special friendship between Rosenfeld, affectionately known as “Uncle Big-Nose,” and China.
"A man's ability may be great or small, but if he has this spirit, he is already noble-minded and pure, a man of moral integrity and above vulgar interests, a man who is of value to the people." This man is Norman Bethune.
"Beans roll, beans vote, beans go to the right bowls." When American journalist Gunther Stein first heard this popular folk rhyme in Yan'an during his visit there with other visiting Chinese and foreign journalists, he was immediately intrigued.
American military officer Evans Fordyce Carlson brought the CPC's art of war to the other side of the Pacific. In his memoirs, Carlson said Mao was a humble, kind and lonely genius.
Korean composer Zheng Lvcheng was one of the pioneers of China's proletarian revolutionary music. Zheng fell in deep love with the vibrant and youthful Yan'an after arriving there and wrote the famous “Ole to Yan'an.”
Swiss journalist Walter Bosshard was the first European journalist to visit Yan'an and meet Mao Zedong in person. He shot a black and white silent documentary Journey to Yan'an with a 16mm film camera.
Israel Epstein helped Xinhua News Agency send its first English dispatch to the world from a cave in Yan'an in 1944. From then on, the world could hear the voice of the CPC.
Edgar Snow's Red Star Over China triggered a China craze in Europe and the United States. Many Western journalists dreamed about going to China, a country under "red star". Harrison Forman, an American explorer, photographer and war correspondent, was one of them. After his many visits to China, he penned the book Report from Red China, which is often seen as a companion piece to Red Star Over China. In his book, Forman provided a factual account of the Chinese people's war of resistance against Japanese aggression.
On 3 September 2020, the day marking the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, a valued book long in public oblivion over the past nearly eight decades was rediscovered.
In June 1944, Yan'an greeted a special group of guests — a team of 21 Chinese and foreign reporters visiting China's northwest. They included foreign correspondents Günther Stein, Israel Epstein, Harrison Forman, Maurice Votaw, Father Cormac Shanahan, as well as reporters from news agencies in the then Kuomingtang-controlled areas. The isolated Yan'an, the mysterious CPC, and the little-known yet magnificent war of resistance against Japan behind enemy lines were unveiled to the world, through the eyes and writings of the reporters, in an objective and authentic manner.
Commending the CPC-led guerrilla war in enemy-occupied areas, the British journalist James M. Bertram said that when China, an armed nation and a powerful wakening force, rallies behind the right leader, no army in the world would be able to defeat it.
After Edgar Snow's stories on Red China caused a great sensation, his wife, Helen Foster, realized that Snow's journey had become part of the history of China. With all the interviews and other accounts Snow brought back about Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Peng Dehuai and others, she decided that she would continue with Snow's unfinished trip to Yan'an to get more first-hand information about the CPC leaders and the Red Army.
On July 7, 1942, five years after China began a full-scale war of resistance against Japanese aggression, a young Indian doctor solemnly swore to the red flag to join the Communist Party of China (CPC). He was then on the battlefront of the Shanxi-Chahar-Hebei border region. After taking the oath, he declared excitedly that he would fight with the army and the people in the liberated areas till his last breath. His name was Dwarkanath Kotnis, or Ke Dihua in Chinese. The soldiers of the Eighth Route Army and the villagers liked to call him Old Ke.
Many people must have heard about Chairman Mao Zedong's assertion that "imperialism and all reactionaries are paper tigers". This famous statement served as an inspiration to the Chinese people, boosted their confidence in victory, and played a most significant role in the People's War of Liberation. It owes its publicity to an American journalist, Anna Louise Strong, thus nicknamed the Paper Tiger Lady.
In the library of Arizona State University, one may see the handwriting of the renowned American journalist Agnes Smedley — “Who & What are Chinese Communists?” It is precisely this question that prompted Ms. Smedley, a writer, journalist, revolutionist, advocate for women's rights and internationalist, to come to China in late 1928 and spend 12 years in the country. Her legendary life was thus closely connected with the Chinese revolution.
To celebrate 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China, we are launching "100 CPC Stories in 100 Days" series, featuring foreigners who witnessed & participated in CPC history and helped world understand CPC.