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Xi Urges China's Youth to Embrace Nationalism on Key Anniversary

  • Saturday marks 100 years since May Fourth uprising in Beijing
  • President seeks loyalty to Chinese nation, Communist Party
Xi Jinping 

Xi Jinping 

Photographer: Wang Zhao - Pool via Getty Images

President Xi Jinping urged China’s youth to maintain self-reliance in a nationalist-themed address to mark the 100th anniversary of a popular uprising against the government’s failure to stop foreign interference.

Xi spoke before an audience of young Chinese in Beijing on Tuesday, ahead of the anniversary of the May Fourth Movement, during which college students led mass protests in the capital. The demonstrations were triggered by negotiations in France over how divvy up Germany’s colonial possessions, with Chinese settlements such as the port of Qingdao -- then Tsingtao -- going to Japan.