Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Luo Zhaohui on the Occasion of the ‘Happy Chinese New Year’ Performance
January 22nd, 2017, Royal Institute of Management, Bhutan
Your Royal Highness,
Your Excellency the Prime Minister of Bhutan,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am so happy to be back to Thimphu again. My first trip here was 14 years ago. How time flies. Since then, something remains unchanged: the hard working people, their hospitality, and the blue sky. And there are also two small things that deeply impressed me: One is the many windows on the buildings; the other is the many dogs on the streets. Bhutan is a nice and quiet country. Human beings live harmoniously with the Mother Nature. That’s why it is called the last Shangri-La.
What have changed are more direct air-link with the outside world, better road condition from Paro to Thimphu, and more beautiful buildings. I saw many small shops on the streets. More importantly, you have new leadership, and also the Gross National Happiness (GNH) is getting more and more popular in the world.
This is my first time to visit here as Chinese Ambassador to India. I am also in charge of the China-Bhutan relations. I appreciate the hospitality the Bhutanese government has extended to me and my delegation. As you all know, China and Bhutan are close neighbors linked by the great Himalayas. Friendship between our two nations could be traced back to thousands of years. We don’t have formal diplomatic ties yet, but our friendship and cooperation are much better than many other bilateral relations. We have always regarded Bhutan as a trusted friend, and our two peoples always have family-like sentiment towards each other.
In recent years, remarkable achievements have been made in our practical cooperation in trade, agriculture as well as religion, cultural and tourism exchanges. We really appreciate the contribution made by the Royal Monarchy, the Bhutanese government, and the people. I know the Prime Minister was in Goa last October and had a brief chat with Chinese President Xi Jinping. They also exchanged gifts.
I firmly believe that with the joint efforts of both countries, China-Bhutan relations will open a new chapter.
This time I bring with me a group of Chinese artists to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of Rooster starting from 28th of January. I know our Bhutanese friends will also observe your Losar New Year of the Fire Bird next month. So it is fair to say that the event today is a double celebration and double happiness.
For Chinese, Lunar New Year Festival is just like Losar New Year, the most important festival. No matter where you are, or how far away you are, people always rush back to their families for reunion. Both Bhutanese and Chinese people cherish family values very much.
In Chinese culture, rooster stands for vitality and courage. On this occasion, I wish all the Bhutanese friends present good fortune in the Year of Rooster, and I also wish China and Bhutan enjoy everlasting friendship.
The artists today are from Xinjiang autonomous region in China. Their dance and song are very unique, showing the diversity of Chinese culture. Hope you enjoy it.