Remarks by H. E. Ambassador Luo Zhaohui on the occasion of "Happy Spring Festival" Cultural Performance

Remarks by H. E. Ambassador Luo Zhaohui on the occasion of "Happy Spring Festival" Cultural Performance

(Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, 25 January, 2019)

Honorable Shri. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Madame,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

  Namaste! And a very Good Evening.

  Welcome you all for joining me to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year--Spring Festival. It will start 11 days later on February 5.

The passing year is the year of the holy Dog. The coming year is the golden Pig. Pig means luck, fortune, and prosperity. I wish the people from all over the world could enjoy the Year of the Pig, and have a prosperous life.

  Tomorrow is the Republic Day of India. I wish the Indian people a very happy Republic Day.

  The Spring Festival is usually a family get-together, to celebrate the progress, to be grateful of life, and to make wishes for the future.

  The global situation has gone through tremendous changes. China and India, as two largest developing countries, have maintained remarkable economic development. China just celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Reform and Opening-up. Our total GDP is now about 13.6 trillion US dollars, with GDP per capita reaching nearly 9,800 US dollars.

  The year 2018 is an extraordinary year in the history of China-India relations. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modiji held the historic informal summit in Wuhan. Our bilateral relations right now is on the fast track. The two-way trade volume reached 95.5 billion US dollars. Chinese companies have created more than 2 laks jobs in India.

  A friend told me that Indian government is now promoting 4 soft power elements abroad, namely Yoga, Ayurveda, Buddhism, and overseas Indians. I just wonder why Bollywood movie is not included. In China, watching Bollywood movies, practicing yoga, and tasting Darjeeling tea have become fashionable among the youth.

  The movie Dangal had an even better box office in China than in India. Two months ago, I visited the Bollywood Film City in Mumbai and met with Amitabh Bachchan and Amir Khan. Both of them have tens of thousands of fans in China. Yoga is very popular in China. China is the only country outside India to issue Yoga MA degrees. Of course, China has the largest Buddhist population in the world. There are 550 million Buddhists in the world and almost half of them are in China. Xuan Zang and Bodhidharma are very popular in both countries. China and India have shared common and integrated heritages of civilization. Today's cultural performance is another splash in the cultural exchanges between our two countries.

  We are grateful for the leaders, including Minister Prabhu for what they have done for our great relations. We are grateful for the governments, for the people, for all of you here, for your participation and support for our great relations.

  I wish in the coming year of golden pig, our peoples will enjoy happiness and prosperity, our bilateral relations will maintain the momentum of progress.

  Let us join hands to make our two countries, and the world better.

  Thank you.

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