China and international friends
During the celebrations commemorating 100 years of the Communist Party of China (CPC) last year there was a lot of acknowledgement given to foreign friends. Prominent among those were Rewi Alley, Edgar Snow and Helen Foster Snow. Much of the events of these celebrations can be found by scrolling down in our end of year address.
An important reminder of the high value placed on these international friends of China to us in friendship organisations.
This year, President Xi Jinping has continued this. After Adam Foster, president of the Helen Foster Snow Foundation, wrote recently to President Xi Jinping, Xi replied and encouraged him and the foundation to continue to serve as a bridge promoting friendship between the two nations.
This was reported widely in China, including a news bulletin of more than one minute on CCTV 13 national news in which he acknowledges Gung Ho and Shandan Bailie School. Read more in the China Daily report.
Looking back, Xi Jinping visited Shandan in August 2019. There is a video of this visit on Facebook and a report of this visit can be found on NZCFS website.