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Xi Focus Closeup. Ensuring a brilliant life for people with disabilities


19th September 2023

Xi Focus Closeup. Ensuring a brilliant life for people with disabilities

On Monday, more than 600 delegates representing about 85 million people living with disabilities gathered in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, as China Disabled Persons' Federation opened its eighth national congress.

Among the Party and state leaders attending the event was President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Over the years, Xi has placed particular care and attention on this group of people, inspiring many individuals with disabilities to chase their dreams. Among them is Huang Daoliang from Minqing County in east China's Fujian Province.

At the age of nine, Huang had both of his arms amputated after accidentally touching a high-voltage wire. The accident did not stop him from pursuing his dream of attending college.

In 1988 and 1989, Huang failed the national college entrance exam twice, despite achieving decent scores. He thought his failures were possibly due to his physical condition.

In 1990, Huang sat the national college entrance exam once again. In that year, Xi took up the position of Party chief of Fuzhou, capital city of Fujian Province, as well as principal of Minjiang Polytechnic College (now known as Minjiang University).

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