Address by H.E. Ambassador Luo Zhaohui at the Holi Reception for Indian Media
(March 9, 2017, Chinese Embassy)
Mr.Vijay Naik, Convener of Indian Association of Foreign Affairs Correspondents,
Mr. Venkat Narayan, President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of South Asia,
Ladies and gentlemen,
As an old Chinese saying goes, rain always comes with the noble people. The rain this afternoon is certainly to honor the guests.
Today we are gathered here to celebrate the Holi Festival. First of all I would like to welcome you all to my Embassy. You represent more than 50 media and think tank institutes. I am grateful for Mr. Naik and Mr. Narayan for co-hosting the reception.
Holi originally was an agricultural festival celebrating the arrival of spring. It also provides a temporary opportunity to disregard social norms. Holi reminds us that Great Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Krishna celebrate together with the secular world of ordinary people.
Right now people in many countries are participating in the "color run" which is originated from Holi. Like Yoga, this is another gift from India to the world.
On this special occasion, I wish you all happiness and good health.
I have been here for almost half a year this time. What impressed me most is the big progress of the media, compared with my first term in India 28 years ago.
Firstly, the Media has developed very fast. Traditional media, social media, 24-hour Television shows a lot of breaking news. It really means information explosion, and freedom of speech in India.
Secondly, the Media covers not only many domestic events, but also foreign affairs news. It shows India is such an open society, integrated deeply with the world.
Thirdly, India media pays more attention to China and China-India relations. It promotes better understanding between our two peoples, and also helps China to understand Indian perspectives. I appreciate what you have done to bridge China-India interactions and friendship. As a diplomat and reader, I read almost 10 newspapers and watch TV programs and get a lot of valuable information every day.
At the same time, I humbly request the media here to report on China-India relations in a more balanced way. I also wish the media to cover more and more news related to China. Now China's parliament NPC and CPPCC are in session. Premier Li Keqiang delivered a government work report. Last year China's economy has registered a slower but stable performance. The economic growth scored 6.7% and the GDP totaled 11 trillion USD and the GDP per capita reached 8000 USD. This year we set a target of around 6.5%. India's GDP growth last year is estimated at 7.1%. China and India are the fastest growing economies.
Diplomats and correspondents share a lot of similarities. Both are close observers and participants of the global and domestic big events. Both are pioneers of advanced social philosophy. Both have strong sense of social responsibility. Let's work together to make the world brighter, to make China-India relations better and to make our lives as colorful as the Holi.
Thank you all and enjoy the evening.