Remarks by Ambassador Luo Zhaohui At the Chinese Spring Festival Reception
2018/02/08

(Ambassador’s Residence, 8 February 2018)

H.E. Mr.Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary of India

Prof. Lokesh Chandra, Chairman of Nehru Memorial Museum,

Members of Parliament,

Friends from the Diplomatic Corps,

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Namaste! A very Good Evening!

It is my great pleasure to join you tonight for celebrating the Spring Festival, the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Today we are delighted to have Prof. Chandra, a world prominent scholar as the Chief Guest. He is well known in the study of Buddhism and Indian Arts, as well as ancient languages such as Sanskrit, Pali, Old Persian and Old Javanese. He has published over 360 books. He is truly a great master. 35 years ago when I was studying history of Indian fine arts, his books helped me a lot as important reference materials.

We are also honored to have the new Foreign Secretary of India Mr. Gokhale with us. We congratulate him for taking the important post. As the former Ambassador in Beijing, he did a great job to promote China-India relations. I wish him all the best in his new post and also brighter bilateral relations under his guidance.

Ladies and gentlemen,

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, we will enter the Year of the Earth Dog in 7 days. In Chinese culture, the dog is regarded as a symbol of loyalty, bravery and good luck. According to the Yin-Yang Theory, the dog has the essence of Yang, a positive energy. Bearing that in mind, I wish everyone here today a happy and prosperous Year of the Dog.

As the most important festival in China, just like Holi in India, the Spring Festival is all about family reunion. Unfortunately as diplomats most of us are not able to observe this important festival with our families back in China. But luckily we are able to share this moment with all of you here today, like families.

Friends,

New Year is like a blank book. The pen is in our hands. We have already started writing a new chapter of China-India relations. Recently State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited India successfully. The Pilgrimage arrangements have been made now. Bilateral trade last year reached 88 billion US Dollars, increasing 20% compared with the year before. I am sure that more positive energy will be put into our relations. We are ready to bring it to a new height.

Friends,

Tonight I am happy to introduce the artists from Guangxi, a marvelous place in south part of China. They are going to present lovely songs, dances, and acrobatics. Let’s enjoy it!

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