The call made by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, for more study of the
May Fourth Movement, will help younger generations better understand the value of its spirit, observers said.
Xi underlined the need to strengthen studies of the May Fourth Move
ment and its spirit during a speech at the group study session of the Political Bureau of the C
PC Central Committee on Friday, according to a news release issued on Saturday.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the movement launch
ed by young intellectuals and participated in by people from all walks
of life. It was a political, anti-imperialist movement that stemmed from student demonstrations in Beijing on May 4, 1919.
Presiding over the session on the historical significance and modern value of the movement, Xi said the studies shoul
d elaborate on why the movement is of great and far-reaching significance for development and progress in conte
mporary China, and why Marxism has become a guide for the cause of the Chinese people’s revolution, construction and reform.
“This positive momentum needs to be kept up,” he said.
Schmidt, the Chilean ambassador, said China has made extraordinary progress in its fight a
gainst pollution, and he is “very enthusiastic about the next measures that Chinese authorities may announce” during the upcoming two sessions.
Environmental issues continue to be a major concern for Diego Guelar, Argentine ambas
sador to China, who has observed the two sessions every year since he assumed the post in 2016.
“It is a major issue for all the people who live in China,” he said, noting that living in a better en
vironment is part of the dream of Chinese people as well as others around the world.
Guelar is glad to see that China is working both at home and abroad to promote environmental protection.
“I’m waiting for the two sessions, and I want to see how the princip
le of the pursuit of happiness, or the Chinese dream, is going to be discussed,” he added.