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China's Ning refreshes national record at speed skating World Cup******
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Ning Zhongyan of China continued to show good form in the 2021-22 season International Skating Union (ISU) speed skating World Cup series, winning a silver with a national record time of one minute and 41.38 seconds in the men's 1,500m in Salt Lake City, the United States on Saturday.。
This is the third medal at as many World Cups for the 22-year-old after his two victories over the distance in the previous stops. The World Cup leader was 0.23 seconds behind his pair and eventual winner Joey Mantia of the United States, and slicing nearly a second off his own record made him excited.。
"I'm really happy with my time," Ning told the ISU official website. "To skate a personal best, and also to break the Chinese record again."
Skating on home ice, Mantia crossed the line with a personal best time of 1:41.15 for the gold, only 0.98 seconds short of the world record. World champion Thomas Krol of the Netherland came third in 1:41.892.。
"(I was) hoping to get under the 1.41 mark and to be in the 1.40, but I'm very happy with it. It's consistent. And it's a huge confidence builder going into the Olympics," Mantia said.。
In the women's middle distance race, Olympic bronze medalist Miho Takagi of Japan triumphed in the 1,000m competition in 1:11.83, only 0.22 seconds short of Brittany Bowe's world record. Dutch Jutta Leerdam took the silver 0.42 seconds behind. The American world record holder Bowe had to settle for a third place finish in 1:12.608 after two wins this season and continued to lead the World Cup standings.。
Tagaki was close to another gold in team pursuit, but her sister Nana fell in the final lap and Canada took gold in 2:52.390, followed by the Netherlands (2:52.692) and Russia (2:56.220).。
Also on Saturday, Andzelika Wojcik claimed the gold in a Polish national record time of 36.775 seconds, edging Russian world champion Angelina Golikova by 0.01 second for her maiden World Cup victory in women's 500m. Olga Fatkulina had her first podium finish this season in 36.937 seconds.。
The men's mass start, Bart Swings of Belgium had a convincing victory ahead of Viktor Hald Thorup of Denmark and Ruslan Zakharov of Russia. Enditem。
Cultural China: Traditional ethos of harmony still relevant in modern society******
JINAN, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- For thousands of years, the proverb "harmony is the most precious" has been rooted in the minds of Chinese people and continued to have a profound influence on their attitude towards life.
As recorded in The Analects of Confucius, "Youzi said, 'Make harmony a top priority in the application of rites. That is a key feature that characterizes governance by sovereign rulers in ancient past. Always act upon the rule of harmony, no matter whether the issue at hand is minor or major.'"
Youzi (518-around 5th century BC), however, also pointed out that it is unrealistic to blindly pursue harmony. "Sometimes, this rule may fail to work. If a person insists on pursuing harmony just for the sake of harmony instead of qualifying it with rites, then there would be no hope to succeed," he added.
The phrase has evolved from an important moral concept of the Confucian school in managing interpersonal relations to a reference to harmonious and peaceful relationships among people, groups, and states.
The thought is well illustrated in a household story in China. During the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), the emperor of the Zhao state appointed a new grand councilor named Lin Xiangru. But Lian Po, the general of Zhao, was not satisfied with this decision and created lots of trouble for Lin.
As a newcomer, Lin, bearing in mind that harmony is the most precious, showed the greatest tolerance in dealing with Lian. In Lin's opinion, tolerance does not mean fear, but self-control, which is for the collective good. He believed that conflicts would not bring any benefits to either party, but damage the interests of the country.
When Lian heard of this, he was embarrassed and immediately rectified his approach. From then on, Lian and Lin buried the hatchet and joined hands to assist the emperor in politics and governance, which made Zhao a powerful and prosperous state in that period.
This traditional thought has laid the foundation for the establishment of a harmonious society in modern China, where the idea of harmony and peace is integrated into the social governance and even the process of policymaking.
In Qufu, a small city in east China's Shandong Province known for being the hometown of Confucius, the local government carried on the legacy of the sage, setting up more than 400 mediation rooms and appointing over 2,000 mediators for solving disputes among residents.
"As long as we are fair and persuade both parties with traditional morality, there is always a solution," said Wu Bo, Party chief of Wujia Village in Qufu, who is also a mediator.
The concept of maintaining peace and harmony is also reflected in China's diplomacy. Chinese people are peace-loving people and know well the value of peace and stability, and the country develops friendship and cooperation with other countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. Enditem