Chen Yiqin Gives Wishes to Young People at Universities: Seek the Values of Youth through Safeguarding People’s Health and Happiness

On June 23, Shen Yiqin, Deputy Secretary of CPC Guizhou Provincial Committee and Governor of Guizhou Province visited Guizhou Medical University and Guizhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and made a policy elucidation report for students and teachers of the universities. In her words, it was deeply wished that students and teachers contribute their youth in the sublime undertaking of safeguarding people's health and well-being.

Rain fell hard outside. The applause was long and loud in the auditorium of Guizhou Medical University. More than 700 students and teachers sit away from each other as requested by pandemic prevention rules. The atmosphere was warm.

During the 90 minutes' report, Shen Yiqin exchanged ideas and opinions with those present on three topics—the state's great efforts in fighting Covid-19, the leapfrogging of Guizhou Province in social and economic development and the dream seeking and struggle of the youth in the new era. The audience was humored by the highlights of the report. They also took out their cellphones to take photos when key data were presented on the PPT courseware.

Shen Yiqin first shared the anti-pandemic efforts of China with everyone present.

She said that there were two keys to our successful containment of the outbreak quickly within a short time.

First, the strong leadership of the Party Central Committee under the leadership of Comrade Xi Jinping and the socialist system with Chinese characteristics provides us with incomparable advantage in fighting the outbreak.

Faced with a raging outbreak, General Secretary Xi Jinping personally directed and deployed the campaign and made far-sighted decisions at every critical moment, playing a central role in strengthening the confidence of the people of all ethnic groups across the country to fight the pandemic.

The Communist Party of China regards the protection of life as its starting point of governance in the face of a severe and complex situation. The General Secretary has made these great decisions on the presumption of "people first, health first". That is, "always insist on putting people's life safety and health first" and "Protect people's life safety and health at all costs".

The great practice in this grim struggle proves eloquently, again, that the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the socialist system with Chinese characteristics and China’s national governance system have strong vitality and significant advantages to overcome all difficulties and obstacles and make major contributions to the progress of human civilization.

The second key to our success is the accumulated strong comprehensive national power over the past 40 years since the reform and opening-up, especially since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

We have "hard-core" economic power. A rich and strong China is the strong backing to defeat the pandemic.

We have "hare-core" medical and health-care capabilities. Since the reform and opening-up, China has continuously increased the input into the public health system. China's medical and health-care systems are being continuously improved.

We have "hard-core" industry. China has established a complete modern industrial system. We have developed all the industrial categories according to the United Nations Industrial Classification, and the output of more than 200 industrial products ranks first in the world.

We have "hard-core" scientific and technological strength. Someone has summarized the "Four Great Inventions in Pandemic Prevention" of China—AI telemedicine, big data intelligent prevention and control technology, contactless logistics as well as online education, remote office and other "cloud interconnection" practices.

In this tough struggle, Guizhou Province took super hard-core measures according to the spirit of the Central Committee of the CPC and scored high in the country's pandemic prevention efforts.

We immediately started the highest-level pandemic response.

We immediately implemented measures for centralized treatment.

We took the lead in carrying out nucleic acid tests for key personnel.

We were the first to comprehensively restore traffic circulation and restore normal production and living order.

We innovated in measures for guaranteeing pandemic prevention supplies.

Talking about the major progress made by Guizhou Province, Shen Yiqin told the audience that, in recent years, especially since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Guizhou's social and economic development had experienced profound and fundamental changes and now entered the best golden period of development in history.

Guizhou is one of the most economically vigorous provinces in China.

Since 2011, Guizhou's economic growth has ranked top 3 of the country in 9 consecutive years and roared to the first in the past three years. Through years' catch-up, Guizhou is no longer at the bottom and is no longer the synonym of backwardness.

Guizhou has experienced the greatest traffic progress in China.

When Wang Yangming, a thinker living in the Ming Dynasty more than 500 years ago, was demoted to Longchangyi of Guizhou, he sighed, "mountains stretch towards the sky; even birds have trouble flying over". Should Wang Yangming take a time-travel to today, he would have been thrilled by the great change in Guizhou's traffic today.

Guizhou is one of the best practitioners of poverty reduction in China.

We regarded poverty alleviation as the top priority and the first livelihood project, with the forces of the whole society consolidated to win the battle of poverty alleviation. We exerted our "precipitous power" and achieve decisive achievements, and have been appraised "good" in the national poverty alleviation effectiveness evaluation for four consecutive years.

Guizhou is one of the provinces showing the strongest momentum of big data development in China.

In recent years, Guizhou has seized the initiative to develop big data. Big data development has become a beautiful business card for the world to know Guizhou in a long process from developing from nothing to quantity- and then quality-oriented development.

Guizhou is one of the provinces owning the best ecological environment in China.

Guizhou is one of China's first experimental areas for ecological civilization, a "park province" without haze and an important ecological barrier in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and the Pearl River, where 4 world natural heritage sites are located. Guizhou is the province with the most world natural heritage sites in the country.

We live and grow up on this land with our deepest devotion to construct this land. We need to contribute as individuals to a prosperous Guizhou where people live a rich life and the ecological environment is well conserved!

Shen Yiqin raised some expectations for the students when speaking of the dream seeking and struggle of the youth in the new era.

We must bear the fire on our mind and see the light with our eyes.

The fire is our dreams; the light is our belief. One has a direction and pursuit in his life with firm and correct ideals and beliefs. After the outbreak, Academician Zhong Nanshan warned his countrymen "not to go to Wuhan until necessary" while he himself, with no hesitation, boarded the high-speed train to Wuhan overnight. A 84-year old man like him interpreted the motto of "a pillar of state like you is unparalleled", entirely worn out in performing his duties

To us young people, he is an excellent example. We must inherit the spirit, carry the banner and closely link our own dreams with the future of the motherland and link own life with the destiny of our nation. We must aim high, take root in the people and contribute to the country. Our youth will be truly valuable and meaningful in this way.

Medicine embodies our patriotism for our country. Medicine is a great cause. Practicing medicine is never simply a means of earning a living, but a means to heal the wounded and rescue the dying and to help the country. Angles in white are seen everywhere when the country is suffering—the fight against the pandemic, earthquake relief, flood relief and battlefields. Medicine also makes the country strong. "Without the health of the whole people, there will be no comprehensive well-off."

Upon such a critical moment when we are about to achieve an all-round well-off and move towards the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, medicine is playing an increasingly important role. We shall aim to be young people with ideals, beliefs, ambitions and accomplishments, always uphold the supremacy of "people first, health first" in your career and lighten up your future path by combining individual development with the dedication of your greater self to medicine and to the people.

You must study hard and live up to your precious youth.

Youth is the spring of life, the morning of life, and the golden period of hard training and personal growth. All of you are the winners of the university entrance examination passing such a narrow path. Now you have the precious opportunity of studying at the university, and you must cherish such opportunity.

Study is hard, especially for medical students. You must read textbooks deeply, remember a lot of knowledge and make the rounds of the wards day and night during your internship. It is a matter of life and death, however. One who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet. How can you prescribe medicine and perform operations to save people's lives without hard study and training? How can we protect life and safeguard health?

We must continuously study and never hesitate to innovate as the science of medicine is always developing and the spectrum of human diseases is constantly changing. A leading authority in medicine once said that "I read medical literature everyday as long as I'm still a doctor". In some sense, your attitude towards and efforts in study determines the level you can reach both in your career and in your life.

We must be aware of lifelong learning and work hard for excellence, and become the angles in white who are deeply trusted by patients and their families.

We must work in a thoroughgoing manner and serve the grass roots.

Working at the grass roots provides opportunities for us to grow and succeed. In recent years, countless young people in Guizhou have devoted themselves to the front line of poverty alleviation. While helping the poor change their destiny, they have also realized the value of youth and the splendor of their life.

Guizhou is still lagged behind in medical and health-care capabilities. We shall be ready to realize our aspiration anywhere all over the country. We shall apply our knowledge and go to the front line of poverty alleviation and rural revitalization to toughen ourselves up at the grass roots where we welcome all opportunities. We will apply modern medical knowledge to relieve the pain of the grassroots people and to be good messengers of health and hope for the people.

We must be optimistic, open-minded, pleasant and composed.

“What you dream is light, what you see is night”. We may succeed or fail, be full of fighting spirit or feel depressed, take wing or go across. As life is such a long journey.

We will be challenged in imaginable or unimaginable way; we will withstand high-intensity work and life pressures, face cumbersome interpersonal relationships and even encounter setbacks or frustrations—depression, disappointment, pessimism, hesitation or other negative emotions. These are perfectly normal. We need to be good at self-regulation and always maintain an optimistic, calm, composed and confident attitude. Nowadays, some people are so impetuous and restless that they even fancy "success in one fell swoop". It is all unrealistic.

We must have peace of mind and perfect and improve ourselves standing in solid ground. We march forward courageously in prosperity and bear hope in adversity. We must believe in our dreams. We try the best to make the trip as long as we are determined.

"As in the Yangtze River, the waves behind ride on the ones before: the new generation excels the old", as Shen Yiqin told the students. We advance together with the pace in national development and rejuvenation and we will contribute our intelligence and youth to the renewal of the Chinese nation and the Chinese Dream. When we remember our youth in the future, we can say without regret that our youth is struggling and regretless!