Sun Yat-sen: “The Three Principles of the People”


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Sun Yat-sen’s speech “The Three Principles of the People” (“Sanmin zhuyi”) was delivered on March 6, 1921, at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National People's Party in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou (Canton). In this speech, Sun, the founder of the Republic of China, elaborated on the three primary tenets of his political doctrine: the ethnic nation (minzu), the people's rights (minquan), and the well-being of the people (minsheng). In English, these principles have often...