hroughout the world, with a history of more than 2,000 years. In 2006, the traditional festival was listed as part of China’s
national intangible cultural heritage. In 2008, it was recognized as a public holiday in the Chinese mainland.
The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chu state
official and poet who lived during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) before the reu
nification of China under the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). He was exiled after opposing his king’s decision to ally wit
h the neighboring state of Qin, and when Chu was finally conquered by Qin, he
committed suicide by drowning in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
The Chu people, who admired Qu Yuan for his loyalty and integrity, th
rew rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish so they would not eat the body of their po
et hero. People then started dragon boat racing to scare off the fish.
Since then, the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar is cel
brated as the Dragon Boat Festival. The following are some customs for the festival.
rs, and we will not let others bully or prey upon us either,” he added.
Lieutenant General He Lei, former vice-president of the PLA Academy of Military Science, said Wei’s
speech clearly and objectively articulated the purposes, positions and aspirations of the Chinese military.
“Wei’s speech demonstrates the confidence of the PLA and the Chinese people. Som
e might think his tone is a bit tough, but I think it is perfectly appropriate,” He said.
Wei also “honestly answered all 22 very sensitive and difficult” questions from the audience
, further cementing the PLA’s image as a confident and responsible force, he added.
Major General Jin Yinan, a retired professor of international relations at PLA National D
efense University, said Wei has highlighted the fact that China is a nation that promotes inclusive and coo
perative relations between cultures, but it also has principles and bottom lines that should not be crossed.
China, with related hashtags getting more than 150 million views on Weibo.
Eunice Yoon, Beijing bureau chief and Inside China host at CNBC Interna
tional, tweeted to Regan that 120 million people viewed a Chinese hashtag that she tran
slated to: “Fox News female anchor challenges debate after being accused by CCTV for being emotional”.
Yoon, incidentally, was a former classmate of Regan’s at Phillips Exeter Academy, a prep school in New Hampshire.
“Seeing the kind of reaction online, I want to say, it’s important for us to have a meaningfu
l discussion to try to understand each other better. I appreciate the opportunity,” Liu wrote on May 24.
Liu has been working at CCTV since 1997, after graduating from Nanjing University’s English studies program.