Express patriotism lawfully

16:46, October 25, 2010      

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Anti-Japanese protests recently broke out in a few Chinese cities. It is completely understandable for patriotic Chinese to express their indignation over the recent words and deeds from Japan.

However, just as the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, "We insist that patriotism should be expressed rationally and in line with the law. We do not agree with irrational actions that violate laws and regulations. The Chinese people will convert full-hearted patriotic zeal into concrete actions to do their own work well and help maintain the stability of reforms and development." As brief as the statement is, it is to the point and thought-provoking.

The Chinese government's stance on issues concerning Japan is consistent and clear cut. As to the recent dispute over the Diaoyu Islands, China stated clearly, "the Diaoyu Islands are China's inherent territory since ancient times, and China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands."

Some Japanese took advantage of the dispute to encroach upon China's territorial sovereignty and undermine China-Japan relations, but their attempt will never succeed.

China has repeatedly expressed its sincere hope to improve bilateral relations and solve related issues, and has said, "China and Japan are close neighbors, and adhering to the principle of developing mutually beneficial relations serves the fundamental interests of the Chinese and Japanese people. Both sides should resolve related problems through dialogue and consultation so as to maintain the overall situation of bilateral relations."

The Chinese government has safeguarded national interests and dignity in a tough stance, and expressed the thoughts of the Chinese people in its strong and reasonable statements.

However, some Japanese with ulterior motives always try to hit the Chinese people's nerves, stir up more trouble, undermine friendly China-Japan relations and hurt the feelings of the Chinese people.

When national interests and dignity are threatened, every Chinese will stand up and express their patriotic enthusiasm in various ways, which is very natural. This patriotic enthusiasm shows the Chinese people's simple but deep love for their motherland and is an invaluable spiritual wealth of a country.

The means by which the Chinese should express patriotism is of paramount importance. Legally and rationally expressing patriotism means a responsible altitude for the country and nation.

We should see that the current international and domestic environments China faces is still very complex and China will still meet various contradictions and problems while marching forward. Facing these environments and contradictions and problems, if we do not express our patriotism legally and rationally, we will not be able to maintain a normal social order and guarantee a stable and rapid social and economic development, and the people will also not be able to live and work in peace.

We must insist on expressing our patriotism legally and rationally, and especially, we should transform our patriotism into the motivation for doing our jobs and maintaining the hard-earned stable and harmonious condition of China so that we can seize our development opportunities, get more development opportunities and construct China into a much better country.

This is the real patriotism and also what hostile overseas forces of various kinds who want to destroy and stir up trouble in China fear most.

China and Japan are neighbors that are important to each other. For the sensitive and complicated issues between the two countries, both sides should solve them properly and maintain the strategic mutually beneficial relations together.

We firmly believe that under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee led by the Secretary-General Hu Jintao, the Party and the government of China will base themselves on the long-term profits and fundamental interests of China and the nation, properly handle China-Japan relations and effectively maintain the interests of China and our people.

We should always see the whole picture, be calm and rational, express our patriotism legally and in an orderly fashion, actively maintain social order, transform our patriotism into the motivation for doing our jobs and learning, change our strong patriotism into the common will for promoting China's development, revitalize our nation, stabilize the society and contribute our share for the great rejuvenation of our nation.

After more than 30 years of reform and opening up, China has entered a critical period of reform and development. China is on the road to become a great power and is also in the process of cultivating a superpower mentality.

A great power is not merely strong in terms of economy, but should also have strong spiritual power. This requires China to answer such a question in the long run, which is how China, as a great power, can learn to deal with various kinds of pressure and make better developments under pressure, and even under suppression.

In recent years, China successfully battled against the Wenchuan earthquake and the Yushu earthquake disasters, coped with the Zhouqu landslide natural disaster and also successfully held the 2008 Olympic Games. The Chinese people have had their national spirit strengthened and their national will tempered. They have also forged unprecedented national cohesion and solidarity not only in dealing with difficulties and disasters but also in managing great events and winning glory. This has accumulated valuable inspiration for the Chinese people to move forward and make progress regardless of hardships and difficulties in the coming future.

History has indicated that no evil spirits can stop China's steady pace towards the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and that no difficulties and obstacles can stop the 1.3 billion Chinese people's pursuit of happiness.

China should establish a superpower profile to let the world see the Chinese people's unity, rationality, wisdom and courage as well as let the world witness a strong, open, confident and self-reliant China.

The Chinese people believe that the Chinese nation will certainly stand firm in the world community and China will realize harmonious development and prosperity as long as all Chinese people unite together and turn their patriotism into practical actions to help China become a superpower.

By Guo Xin, translated by People's Daily Online


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