Xi Jinping: Socialism ‘Essence of Patriotism’
Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping commemorated the centennial anniversary of China’s May Fourth Movement this week by telling Chinese youth that patriotism, nationalism, and socialism are inseparable.
The May Fourth Movement was a youth movement in 1919 in which Chinese students rebelled against provisions of the treaty that ended World War I and violently defied Imperial Japan, the aspiring regional hegemonic power of the day. China’s nationalist and communist ideological strains both view the May Fourth Movement as a landmark event in their evolution.
President-for-Life Xi did not, of course, take the occasion of the impending 100th anniversary to reflect that, these days, China is the heavy-handed imperial power making everyone else in Asia nervous. Instead, he argued that nationalism and communism have blended inseparably together into modern Chinese patriotism and told young people to value unity of purpose above all.