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summary of the top news in Chinese politics and current affairs for August 1, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina newsletter, a convenient package of China’s business, political, and cultural news delivered to your inbox for free. Subscribe here.
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Jiayun Feng

On August 1, in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), President Xi Jinping delivered a speech in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The length of the speech — almost an hour long and about 7,700 words in total — might deter many from reading the full transcript, but the People’s Daily has a handy infographic (in Chinese) that condenses it down into a selection of high-frequency words that appear in the speech and a few highlights from it, such as:

  • The people’s army (人民军队 rénmínjūnduì) has a commanding lead — mentioned 75 times, followed by development (发展 fā zhǎn) with 37 times and revolution (革命 gémìng) with 36 times.
  • Others in the top 20 list are: victory (胜利 shènglì), great (伟大 wěidà), construction (建设 jiànshè), war (战争 zhànzhēng), military affairs (军事 jūnshì), history (历史 lìshǐ), strong army (强军 qiángjūn), force (力量 lìliàng), should (必须 bìxū), reform (改革 gǎigé), leadership (领导 lǐngdǎo), nationality (民族 mínzú), nation (国家 guójiā), national defense (国防 guófáng), faith (信念 xìnniàn), hero (英雄 yīngxióng), and dream (理想 lǐxiǎng).
  • As to China’s territorial disputes with neighbors, Xi remarked, “No one should expect us to swallow the bitter fruit that is harmful to our sovereignty, security, or development interests.”
  • Xi also emphasized that on the way forward, “the People’s Liberation Army should be in complete obedience to the Party’s leadership.”

By Jiayun Feng
Jiayun is a Chinese native and was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allows her to pursue a journalistic career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.
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