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Han Fangming, vice chairperson of the foreign affairs committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, argued that the greeting fits the changing lifestyles.

By Sutirtho Patranobis

PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 10:12 PM IST

A year into the pandemic, the contactless Indian form of greeting,“namaste”, could soon have a competitor – the Chinese “fist and palm” salute.

A Chinese political adviser has submitted a proposal at the annual meeting of China’s top political advisory body to revive the ancient Chinese greeting form, and urged the government to popularise it by adapting it for official functions.

Han Fangming, vice chairperson of the foreign affairs committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPCC), argued that the greeting fits the changing lifestyles.

The traditional “fist-and-palm salute” is often used as a greeting at weddings and occasions such as the Chinese New Year.

“The oldest and most commonly used greeting in history is the fist-and-palm salute. And it’s a better way to greet people in the post-pandemic era,” Han told China.org, “This greeting etiquette greatly helps keep social distancing and reduce the spread of the virus.”

“We need to vigorously promote the etiquette across the whole of China, as it demonstrates a profound social significance, not only for its role in pandemic prevention, but also for the inheritance of a part of ancient Chinese civilisation,” he further said.

A similar request from Yang Chaoming, head of the Confucius Research Institute in eastern China’s Shandong province, is already pending from last year.

A short video of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro greeting a Chinese medical team with the “fist and palm” salute at his presidential palace in April 2020 was widely viewed and shared in China.

About 5,900 non-binding proposals focused on wide ranging topics from poverty reduction to family planning have been made by CPPCC members this year during the ongoing annual session.

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