“Legacy of the Snows in New Era” International Forum Held in Yan’an

On June 18th, the ”Legacy of the Snows in New Era” International Forum, sponsored by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province, was held in Yan’an City, Shaanxi Province. Lin Songtian, President of the CPAFFC, Wei Jianfeng, Vice Governor of Shaanxi Province, and Xue Zhanhai, Mayor of Yan’an City, attended the opening ceremony of the forum and delivered speeches.

The forum focused on topics such as ”International Friends and China’s Revolution”, ”International Friends and Gung Ho”, and ”Calling for Snows of the New Era”.

“Upon the hundred-year history of the Communist Party of China, it can be seen that the CPC is not alone on the Great Way, whose just cause has not only been widely recognized by the Chinese people, but also has always been understood and supported by international people of insight.” said by Lin Songtian, President of the CPAFFC, who called on more international people with insight and vision for the future of mankind to further understand China and report on China objectively, to show the true colors and comprehensive aspects of China to the world, to encourage the international community to take a new road of win-win cooperation and common development, and to build a community with a shared future.

In his speech, Wei Jianfeng expressed his gratitude to international friends who have long cared about and supported Shaanxi’s economic and social development. He said that international friends like Snow witnessed and participated in the hundred-year struggle of the CPC, and vividly depicted the friendship during revolution filled with solidarity and unity, hoping that international friends in this new era continue to pay attention to China, support Shaanxi Province, enhance mutual understanding and trust, deepen cooperation and exchanges, share development opportunities, and contribute wisdom and strength to connecting people’s hearts and promoting the construction of a community with a shared future.

“In the 1930s and 1940s, more than a hundred of international friends from over ten countries broke through the difficulties and obstacles coming to Yan’an, who supported and participated in the cause of the liberation of the Chinese people. They helped demonstrate the real CPC and China’s revolution at home and overseas.” said by Xue Zhanhai, Mayor of Yan’an City, who hopes that more international friends visit Yan’an and extend the profound friendship between Chinese people and Snow as well as other international friends, so as to deepen friendly exchanges, strengthen exchanges and cooperation, and achieve win-win cooperation.

During the forum, Lin Songtian and Wei Jianfeng jointly unveiled the “Edgar and Helen Snow Photo Exhibition”. With a large number of photographs and historical materials, the photo exhibition demonstrated that, before the outbreak of the War of Resistance against Japan, American journalists Edgar Snow and Helen Snow broke through the heavy blockade of the KMT and went to Yan’an to interview Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Zhu De and other first-generation leaders of the CPC, and for the first time reported the true situation of ”Red China” to the Western world.

Over two hundred attendees participated in this forum, including representatives of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, representatives of People’s Government of Shaanxi Province and relevant units, and the representatives of international friends as well as domestic experts and scholars.