100th anniversary of China 1911 Revolution marked in Chicago

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Overseas Chinese sing a song during a commemoration ceremony to mark the centenary of China's 1911 Revolution, or Xinhai Revolution, in Chicago, the U.S., July 9, 2011. Local overseas Chinese held a series of activities to commemorate the 1911 Revolution on Saturday. (Xinhua/Jiang Xintong)

The 100th anniversary of China's 1911 Revolution, or the Xinhai Revolution, was celebrated here on Saturday with a seminar and an exhibition of Chinese calligraphy and drawings.

The seminar was attended by leaders of local Chinese communities and representatives of overseas Chinese.

"The Xinhai Revolution, which overthrew the Qing dynasty, put an end to the centuries-old feudal system in China and opened the door of democracy, is a important milestone in Chinese history," Yang Guoqiang, China's consul general in Chicago, said in a speech at the celebration.

He said the leader of the revolution, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, promoted revolutionary activities in Chicago in 1910 and was organizing activities in Denver while the Wuchang Uprising broke out in 1911.

Wu Hao, chairman of the Chicago branch of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification, hailed the the significance of the Xinhai Revolution.

He also noted that the Nansha Islands are an inseparable part of Chinese territory. He also called on people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait to make joint efforts in unifying and rejuvenating China.

The seminar and exhibition, co-organized by the Chicago branch of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification and the Overseas Chinese Association, are among a series of activities organized by local Chinese communities to commemorate the 1911 Revolution.

Source: Xinhua

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