Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, February 16, 2018

Serve the people

In 1944, Mao Zedong gave a speech which became famous as a guide for "good" Communists in China. It became known as "Serve the People." President Xi echoed that famous phrase recently. Maybe he's trying to collect enough aphorisms to fill his own Little Red Book. There's a video with subtitles attached to the original Xinhua article.

"My job is to serve the people," Xi tells villagers
"My job is to serve the people," President Xi Jinping told local villagers in suburban Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Monday.

Xi in Chengdu
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks when a senior resident of the Zhanqi Village said with excitement, "You are our good leader and the lucky star of the Chinese people!"

"Thank you. I am a servant of the public. My job is to serve the people," the president replied.

Xi was in the village to see their achievement in using the Internet to help sell local products. An elderly woman wanted to give a pair of her hand-made shoes to Xi as a gift, but the president smiled and insisted on paying for them…

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