First day back, 上海楼凤品茶微信teachers emphasize lessons showing gratitude for help
Only days after an earthquake struck, 12-year-old Hu Yibing got up 6 am excited about going back to
school in a makeshift classroom in Shuanghe town of Changning, Sichuan province.
“My school was damaged in the earthquake and we were told on Thursd
ay to attend a tent classroom that opened today,” said the boy, a sixth grader from Shuanghe Central Primary School.
With its epicenter in Shuanghe, the earthquake struck at 10:55 pm on Monday, killing 13 people and injuring 226. Estimated direct economic losses have
reached 8.89 billion yuan ($1.29 billion), according to the latest number from the Yibin city government.
Like Hu, many students have had classes suspended after the quake. By Thur
sday, over 11,000 students had resumed the classes, while more than 33,000 students in
the counties of Gongxian and Changning, the areas hit most severely by the quake, were still waiting.
rs, and we will not let others bully or prey upon us either,” he added.
Lieutenant General He Lei, former vice-president of the PLA Academy of Military Science, said Wei’s
speech clearly and objectively articulated the purposes, positions and aspirations of the Chinese military.
“Wei’s speech demonstrates the confidence of the PLA and the Chinese people. Som
e might think his tone is a bit tough, but I think it is perfectly appropriate,” He said.
Wei also “honestly answered all 22 very sensitive and difficult” questions from the audience
, further cementing the PLA’s image as a confident and responsible force, he added.
Major General Jin Yinan, a retired professor of international relations at PLA National D
efense University, said Wei has highlighted the fact that China is a nation that promotes inclusive and coo
perative relations between cultures, but it also has principles and bottom lines that should not be crossed.
First, China has undisputable sovereignty over islands and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea, backed by a wealth of historical and legal basis,” Shao said.
For a long period of time, various nations’ normal passage and flight in the region have never been obstructed. “There i
s no issue over the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea,” he said.
However, the US has frequently sent vessels and aircraft to trespass into Chinese mar
itime territory and airspace, and has conducted intense intelligence gathering and special drills in the region.
“These actions damage the peace and security of the region,” Shao said. “As a result, the PLA
has installed necessary defense equipment on the islands in accordance with security needs. This is within
the natural rights of a sovereign state, and a necessary measure to counter those provocative actions.”