Children across the country received greetings from Chinese President Xi Jinping on International Children’s Day on Tuesday.
In a response letter dated May 30 to members of the Chinese Young Pioneers at an elementary school in east China’s Jiangsu Province, Xi called for learning the history of the Party and having firm faith to follow it. From the earliest age.
Xi often shows his concern for the growth of children. He frequently writes to children, visits schools, visits their homes, watches them play sports games and practice calligraphy, and accompanies them in activities such as tree planting.
President Xi has repeatedly shared his childhood memories. We explore how President Xi spent his childhood and if those experiences made him who he is.
President Xi’s family, a revolutionary family, had a tradition of adopting a frugal lifestyle.
In an interview with CCTV in 2003, Xi recalled having to wear her older sisters’ flowered clothes and shoes.
Ahead of International Children’s Day in 2014, President Xi visited an elementary school in Beijing’s Haidian District and called for promoting socialist values among children.
While attending a Young Pioneers ceremony, Xi told the students his “story of crying.” “I cried because I was not old enough to become the first group of Young Pioneers,” he said. Then the children all laughed when Xi asked, “Is it embarrassing to cry about this?
He then recalled his enthusiasm after finally being able to join the organization while calling on the Young Pioneers to stand ready to advance the cause of socialism.
During this visit, Xi also met a group of students who practiced calligraphy with the characters “Jing Zhong Bao Guo”, which means “to serve the nation with absolute loyalty.”
The phrase comes from the story of Yue Fei, a former military commander known for his patriotism. Yue’s mother tattooed these four Chinese characters on her back to remind her of the importance of unwavering loyalty to the nation.
Xi told the students that as a child he was very inspired by Yue’s story, which he learned from a picture book his mother gave him.
“I said it must be a great pain to have those words tattooed on his back, but my mother said that even though it was painful, he remembered it by heart,” Xi recalls.
“This (Jing Zhong Bao Guo) has become the pursuit of my life,” Xi added.
The importance of physical exercise
Before Teachers’ Day in 2016, President Xi visited his alma mater Bayi school, where he spent his primary and secondary school years.
Stopping at the soccer field where the students used to practice, Xi, a soccer fan, recalled when he played on the same pitch, which is now grass but dirt and mud there. 50 years.
Physical exercise is imperative for cultivating one’s temper and willpower, Xi told the students.
A pair of skating shoes
During a trip to a 2022 Olympic Winter Games facility in Beijing in 2017, President Xi shared his story with the young ice hockey players who practice there.
“I could only go skating on frozen Lake Shichahai,” Xi said, recalling his teenage years.
He said he loved skating and had always wanted to have a pair of skating shoes, while his younger brother enjoyed playing ice hockey. But they could only afford to buy one pair. So he gave his younger brother a chance.