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The lyrics to the National Anthem of the Republic of China (中華民國國歌) are from a speech given in 1924 by Sun Yat-sen at the opening of the Whampoa Military Academy in Guangzhou, China.

The Three Principles of the People (三民主義) mentioned in the first line refer to Sun’s nation-building ideology. A mixture of nationalism, democracy, and socialism, the goal of Sun’s doctrine was to unify and strengthen China while also striving for economic and social equality. The three principles are: nationalism (民族主義), democracy (民權主義), and people’s livelihood (民生主義).

Lyrics to the National Anthem of the Republic of China:

三民主義,吾黨所宗.
Sānmín Zhǔyì, wúdǎng suǒ zōng.
Three Principles of the People, the foundation of our party.

以建民國,以進大同.
Yǐ jiàn Mínguó, yǐ jìn dà tóng.
Using this, we establish the Republic, using this, we advance into a state of total peace.

咨爾多士,為民前鋒.
Zī'ěr duō shì, wéi mín qiánfēng.
Oh, you, warriors; for the people, be the vanguard.

夙夜匪懈,主義是從.
Sù yè fěi xiè, zhǔyì shì cóng.
Without resting day or night, follow the Principles.

矢勤矢勇,必信必忠.
Shǐ qín shǐ yǒng, bì xìn bì zhōng.
Swear to be diligent, swear to be courageous, obliged to be trustworthy, obliged to be loyal.

一心一德,貫徹始終.
Yì xīn yì dé, guànchè shǐzhōng.
With one heart and one virtue, we carry through until the very end.

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