Remarks by Amb. Zhang Yan at the Promotion Meeting for Qinghai International Carpets Exhibition 2012

H.E.Mr. Luo Huining, Governor of People's Government of Qinghai Province

H.E.Mr. Tejendra Khanna, Governor of Delhi

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It's a great pleasure for me to attend this promotion meeting for Qinghai International Carpets Exhibition 2012. First of all, I would like to welcome H.E. Governor Luo Huining to visit India. Your visit at the very beginning of the Year of Dragon, will not only deepen the bilateral cooperation between China and India, but also bring the colorful Qinghai with rich cultural heritage to incredible India. I also want to express my gratitude to the dignitaries from the Indian government and friends from India and other countries. Your gracious presence has demonstrated the importance you have attached to the cooperation between China and your respective countries.

China and India, as two close neighbors, enjoy long history of friendly exchanges characterized by mutual influence and mutual inspiration over more than 2,000 years. China owes its Buddhist culture to India and India draws inspirations from Chinese products like tea, porcelain and silk. Frequent interactions in political, economic, cultural fields as well as between peoples have been the main feature of our relations over the years. All these exchanges have greatly enhanced mutual understanding and friendship of our peoples, and become an unfailing driving force for the prosperity of two great civilizations.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Qinghai Province is situated in the northwest part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and is regarded as a sparkling jewel in western China. The province is a multi ethnic region with more than 5.6 million populations. Along with Tibet Autonomous Region of China, the Province is known as the "Roof of the World" and "Water Tower of China" where the Yangtze River, the Yellow River and the Lancang River originate. China's largest inland salt water lake- the Qinghai Lake is also located there. The province processes rich natural resources and vast pastureland and has become an economically fast growing province in western part of China.

In addition, Qinghai province has an array of world-renowned historic and cultural heritages. Its spectacular landscape presents a variety of breath-taking sceneries to visitors. As a cradle for Tibetan Buddhism, the excellent collection of classic Chinese-Tibetan architecture which has been preserved in best condition for centuries attracts tourists, especially photographers and artists from all over the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Qinghai Tibetan carpet is famous at home and abroad. The influence of Tibetan culture and the long history of husbandry industry have made Qinghai Province an ideal place for manufacturing Tibetan carpet. With a history of over 2000 years and combined with diversified features, Qinghai Tibetan carpet has become a fashionable interior decoration around the world. Especially, the carpets made by white Xining wool enjoy a high reputation for tenacity, softness and brightness. Nowadays, the carpet manufacturing industry has become one of the pillar industries in Qinghai province, winning an increasing market share at home and abroad, and contributing greatly to the development of local economy and betterment of people's livelihood.

The promotion meeting of Qinghai International Carpet Exhibition is the first of its kind to be beheld in India. It's going to showcase the colorful high quality Qinghai carpets. At the same time it offers and opportunity for experts, craftsmen and traders from China, India and other countries to exchange their experience and technical skill, with a view to promote the cooperation in this field. Furthermore, with the increasing living standard of Chinese people, the demand for high quality hand-made carpets is increasing. I am happy to learn that some contracts have been signed during the exhibition today.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As two fastest growing economies, China-India bilateral relations are developing in an all round manner in recent years characterized by frequent high level visits and expanding exchanges at all levels and in all fields. The bilateral economic cooperation experienced a sustained growth in spite of the global financial crisis. Two way trade volumes exceeded 73 billion USD in the year of 2011.

It is also encouraged to see that provincial and state level exchanges between two countries have become new highlights of bilateral relation, playing an important role in promoting economic and cultural cooperation. I hope the visit by Governor Luo Huining to India will not only open the door for Indian friends to gain a better understanding of Qinghai Province, but also give a boost to the mutual and beneficial cooperation between Chinese provinces and Indian states.

Finally, I wish a fruitful visit by Governor Luo Huining, and also wish this promotion meeting a grand success.

Thank you.

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