Lyrics by Dr. Sun Yat-sen; Music by Cheng Mao-yun
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The words of the ROC national anthem were first delivered as an exhortation at the opening ceremony of the Whampoa Military Academy on June 16, 1924, by Sun Yat-sen. This exhortation was designated as the Kuomintang's (KMT) party song in 1928, after which the KMT publicly solicited contributions for a tune to fit the words. A melody by Cheng Mao-yun was selected out of those submitted by 139 contenders.
In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Ministry of Education held two separate competitions for the lyrics for the national anthem, using the KMT party song in the meantime as a temporary national anthem. None of the entries reviewed by the MOE were deemed appropriate, so Dr. Sun's composition was finally adopted as the official anthem of the Republic of China in 1937.
The anthem first declares the Three Principles of the People to be the foundation of the nation and a guide to a world commonwealth of peace and harmony; and then calls upon the people to be brave, earnest, and faithful in striving to fulfill that goal.
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