China: “A work in progress”
By: Graham C. Lim 林剛陵
Graham C. Lim (林剛陵)is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the FESSAP and PISSA.
I was born at a time that China was mired in profound poverty and was still years away from becoming a progressive nation.
The winds of change have transformed since the time with the transformation of Mainlanders from rags to riches as the world soon took notice of China’s tough and audacious road to prosperity.
Hard work has been the passport to success by the Chinese people.
A bunch of dreamers who were industrious, and innovative, and continued to meet the challenges brought about by the new business methodologies.
I was born at a time when American President Richard Nixon visited China in 1974 and established diplomatic relations with the once-outcast, accepting Mainland China in the family of the United Nations as it adhered to the rules of international law.
Before long, the People’s Republic of China was accepted as one of the permanent members at the United Nations’ Security Council, joining the United States, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom among other countries.
The UN had earlier granted the Big Five countries a permanent seat in its Security Council in 1945 following the end of World War II.
I was born at a time the Middle East had started to engage China in global trade through the Silk and Road Belt initiated by China as the key to prosperity.
The program extends from Central Asia to Europe with the ancient method known as “Silk Road”. It was in 2013 that then-China President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) during the opening of the People’s Congress China.
Talking about the Chinese investments that have caught global attention, China poured in billions of dollars to make the Silk Road the map for world prosperity.
The key component of the ambitious project is the construction of the railway. Indeed, once it is completed, progress will roll continuously and provide financial stability in many countries.
I was born at a time China hosted the Summer Olympic Games for the first time held in Beijing in 2008. with great joy, the Games impacted all the Chinese from across the globe and in all walks of life elsewhere.
Many national and private conglomerates provided support through sponsorship as billions of dollars were delivered to ensure the rousing success of the Olympic Games in the name of patriotism.
It’s said that sports mirrors society. Indeed, it does.
Sports is one of the most progressive avenues to a strong and progressive country, and China lived up to the billing in playing host to various international sporting events.
Through the years, I have worked hard to align my various organizations to partner and work with China's sports federation.
When it hosted the 2011 World University Games (also known as the 21st Summer Universiade) in Shenzhen that featured more than 180 countries, China further strengthened its claim to being the world’s ultimate forum for first-class international sports competitions.
The 2011 World University Games (Summer Universiade) held in Shenzhen was under the auspices of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The international university sports-governing body became a phenomenon after it patterned its competitions after the Olympics concept that it had adopted with the hosting of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
This is where we come to align our organization such as the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) for the university events and the Philippine School Sport Association (PISSA) for the secondary events with China’s sports federation.
The FESSAP has already submitted its letter of intent to participate in the 31st World University Games (31st Summer Universiade) that will be held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China from August 18 to 29, 2021. This event, held in cooperation with the Federation of University Sports of China, Sichuan Provincial Government, and Chengdu City Government, is sanctioned by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
The PISSA has also submitted its letter of intent to compete in the 18th World School Games (18th Gymnasiade) that will be held in Jinjiang, Fujian Province, China from October 16 to 23, 2021. This event is in cooperation with China School Sport Federation, Jinjiang City Government, and is recognized by the International School Sport Federation (ISF).
I am deeply grateful for some Filipino Chinese businessmen who have provided moral support to the success of our international commitments. These include corporate partnerships with businessmen-philanthropist, they are PISSA President and FESSAP Chairman Mr. Tai Lian of Bestank Corporation; FESSAP president Mr. Angel Ngu and Mr. George Hock Huy Chiu of the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FFCCCII); Federation of Filipino-Chinese Association (FFCAP) chairman Mr. Yang Hua Hong of Omni Electrical and Lighting, and Ambassador Francis Chua of the Philippine Chamber & Commerce Industries (PCCI).
The preparations have been somewhat constrained by the lingering COVID-19 pandemic that has struck more than 180 countries and produced almost 60 million positive cases and almost 1,500,000 deaths as of this writing.
Ground zero is where we are starting as many businesses have closed down and millions have lost their jobs since March 2020.
Sports competitions across the world were halted and it would seem that sports are no longer a way of life when public health security is threatened.
How to survive the pandemic has been the goal of many, How to provide food on the table is more essential that watching a sports event.
In my conclusive view of China, I was born at a time of Coronavirus pandemic that has put the world on a sudden halt.
China was the first country to be attacked by this dreaded disease but it managed to contain the virus in Wuhan province where it was discovered in December 2019.
Sadly, many countries are still in crisis with the spike in cases daily, particularly in the United States, India, Brazil, the Middle-East, and Latin-Americas, and many parts of Europe.
I was born at a time when the trade wars initiated by the United States against China have been fierce as shady American politicians looked to stop China‘s emergence as a world economic power.
The world appears on the very brink of collapse for human survival, but I agree with what the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had said during World War Two, “If you are going through hell, keep going”.
In 2021, we hope for a year of recovery with the creation of the COVID-19 vaccine said to be forthcoming.
In the fight against the Coronavirus, our voice needs to be as one if mankind is to survive this health holocaust and provide the next generation a better future. (林剛陵)