Xi urges overseas-educated talent to pursue Chinese dream

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives a speech at the 100th anniversary celebration of the

establishment of the Western Returned Scholars Association in Beijing on October 21,

2013.   Photo by Li Xueren

 

 

 

Xi urges overseas-educated

talent to pursue Chinese dream

 

By Wang Di

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday of October 21 called on overseas-educated talent, whether at home or abroad, to contribute to realizing the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.

Xi made the remarks at the 100th anniversary of the Western Returned Scholars Association.

The government supports students and scholars studying abroad, encourages them to return to China, guarantees them the freedom of coming and going, and supports them in using their talents, Xi said while addressing the ceremony attended by about 3,000 people.

The Communist Party of China and the government respect the choices of the students, Xi said. “You are warmly welcomed if you return to China. If you stay abroad, we support you in serving the country in various ways.”

Xi said he hoped the students would remain patriotic, integrating their own achievement with national development.

Scholars are encouraged to use their advantages to promote exchange between China and other countries so that China can gain more understanding and support from the world, he said.

Xi also called on scholars to serve as a talent pool, think tank and a vital force in people-to-people diplomacy.

“Chinese overseas-educated scholars will continue to play a vital role in promoting the country’s transformation into an innovation-driven economy in the next three decades,” said Wang Huiyao, vice chairman of the association.

It has been more than 100 years since China began to send students and scholars to study abroad. They have made great contributions to the revolution, building and reform of China.

In 1978, China expanded the number of students sent to study abroad. By the end of 2012, 2.64 million had been sent abroad, among whom 1.09 million returned.

 

 

 

 

A celebration is held to mark the 100th founding anniversary of the Western Returned

Scholars Association (WRSA) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 21, 2013.

Photo by Wang Ye

 

Han Qide, vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political

Consultative Conference and president of the Western Returned Scholars Association

(WRSA), gives a speech at the 100th founding anniversary celebration of the Western

Returned Scholars Association in Beijing on October 21, 2013.   Photo by Li Xueren

 

Qin Yizhi, first secretary of the Secretariat of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist

Youth League of China (CYLC), gives a speech at the 100th founding anniversary celebration of

the Western Returned Scholars Association in Beijing on October 21, 2013.   Photo by Li Xueren

 

 

Chen Zhu, vice-chairperson of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee

and vice president of the Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA), presides over the

100th founding anniversary celebration of the establishment of the Western Returned Scholars

Association in Beijing on October 21, 2013.   Photo by Li Xueren

 

A celebration is held to mark the 100th founding anniversary of the Western Returned

Scholars Association (WRSA) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 21, 2013.

Photo by Wang Ye

 

A celebration is held to mark the 100th founding anniversary of the foundation of the

Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

on October 21, 2013.   Photo by Wang Ye

 

A celebration is held to mark the 100th founding anniversary of the foundation of the

Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

on October 21, 2013.   Photo by Wang Ye 


 

 

Chinese overseas-educated

talent vital to reform

 

By Wang Di and Meng Na

 

Chinese overseas-educated talent will play an important role in reform , vice chairman of the Western Returned Scholars Association Wang Huiyao said on Monday of October 21.

“Chinese overseas-educated scholars will continue to play a vital role in promoting the country’s transformation into an innovation-driven economy in the next three decades,” said Wang in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.

China has expanded the number of students sent to study abroad since the adoption of the reform and opening up policy in 1978. By the end of 2012, 2.64 million had been sent abroad, among whom 1.09 million returned.

Overseas-educated scholars were encouraged by Chinese President Xi Jinping to serve as a talent pool, think tank and a vital force for people-to-people diplomacy, at the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Western Returned Scholars Association held in Beijing on Monday.

“The new expectation for the overseas-educated as China’s talent pool, think tank and the vital force for public diplomacy has indicated the direction for development of the association,” Wang said.

Numerous development opportunities in China are the most attractive factors for the overseas-educated, said Wang.

The association, founded in 1913, is the nation’s largest organization for overseas-educated talents with the longest history.

 

 

 

A celebration is held to mark the 100th founding anniversary of the Western Returned

Scholars Association (WRSA) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 21, 2013.  

Photo by Wang Ye

 

 

 

 

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