Remarks by H. E. Ambassador Luo Zhaohui at Holi Milan Celebration

(Chinese Embassy, 17 March, 2019)

Mr. Sameep Shastri, President of the Confederation of Young Leaders(CYL),

Mr. Himadrish Suwan, Chairman of CYL,

Colleagues from Diplomatic Corps,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

  Namaste! And a very good morning.

  Welcome to Chinese Embassy. I am delighted to co-host today’s Holi Milan celebrations with CYL.

  Holi is quite similar to Chinese Spring Festival. Maybe we could consider it as the “Indian Spring Festival”. We just celebrated the Chinese Spring Festival last month. Within two month we celebrate two spring festivals. My colleagues and I feel lucky for living in India. It also shows many similarities between China and India. In China spring represents hope, happiness and life. Holi also symbolizes life, joy and colors. Today we are happy to share the joy of this colorful festival with India friends.

  Celebrating Holi is a good chance to learn Indian’s long history and colorful cultures. India is an ancient civilization with a lot of god, goddess and festivals. There is a story behind each festival. Holi has its own legend. Celebrating these festivals is a great way to experience and learn about the history and culture of India.

  Spring is a good season to make good wishes. Here I wish both counties a prosperous future and two peoples better lives. China has just concluded the CPPCC and NPC sessions. Chinese people are pursing the “Chinese dream”. Indian people are building a “New India”. Both countries are working hard to improve people’s livelihood. Last year Chinese GDP grew by 6.6%, reaching 14 trillion USD. The per capita GDP nearly reached 10000 USD. China and India has the largest populations in the world. When the people of China and India enjoy a better life, the whole world would become a better place.

  Here I wish China-India relations continue to maintain the positive momentum. Last year President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the first round of informal summit in Wuhan, setting out a new blueprint for China India relations. Last year the bilateral trade volume reached 95.5 billion US dollars. Over 1000 Chinese companies are doing business in India, creating more than 2 lakh jobs. We hope to further enhance the friendly exchanges and concrete cooperation between the two countries.

  Here I wish all the guests present today good health, prosperity and every success.  

  Let us join hands to make the world brighter, to make China-India relations better and to make our lives as colorful as the Holi.

  Thank you!

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