|Qi Mingqiu, deputy chairman of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), smoothes the wreath's ribbons before the statue of Madame Soong Ching Ling on May 27, during the commemoration of the 35th anniversary of Madame Soong's death. [China.org.cn/Chen Boyuan]|
May 29 will mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Madame Soong Ching Ling, wife of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and honorary president of China. On May 27, a commemoration was held at her former residence – now a museum – in Beijing to remember her active role in helping China achieve its present-day peace.
The commemoration started with a wreath-presenting ceremony in which Qi Mingqiu, deputy chairman of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), smoothed the wreath ribbons and bowed to the statue of Madame Soong.
Soong Ching Ling was the second wife of Sun Yat-sen, one of the leaders of the 1911 revolution that established the Republic of China, and was often referred to as Madame Sun Yat-sen. Soong played a prominent role in Chinese politics prior to the founding of the People's Republic of China (1949), using her family's influence and her liaison capability.
Soong's involvement in Chinese politics continued after 1949, and she was elected vice president of China in 1959. During her final days, she was admitted to the Communist Party of China (CPC) and named Honorary Chairwoman of the People's Republic of China.
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