Honorable Mr. Aariz Aftab, IAS, Secretary, Cooperation Department, Government of West Bengal,
Dear Colleagues from Kolkata Consulate Corps,
Dear Overseas Chinese Friends,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good evening! Namaste! First of all, I would like to extend my warm welcome to all of you for attending this reception and celebrating Chinese New Year in this beautiful night together.
I just arrived in Kolkata and assumed the post of Chinese Consul General in Kolkata three weeks ago and I am glad to see so many guests and friends here.
Most Chinese people are familiar with the city of Kolkata because Kolkata is the hometown of Guru Rabindranath Tagore who has always been greatly respected by Chinese people. Kolkata is also crowned as the city of wisdom because it is home to five Nobel laureates.
During these days after my arrival, I have visited many places and made many new friends and I was very much attracted by the rich history and culture of the city. I was also deeply impressed by the hospitality and enthusiasm of the people here. I have met a lot of Indian friends who could tell stories containing China elements. Monk Fa Xian and Xuan Zang are widely known in India. The delicious Chinese food from Tangra restaurants are very popular in Kolkata. Some local people or their relatives and friends are working in Chinese companies which are engaged in building power or steel plant projects in eastern India. These vivid stories reflect the long-lasting traditional friendship between China and India.
2013 is a harvest year of China-India relations. The development of China-India strategic and cooperative partnership achieves fruitful results. The leaders of the two countries had frequent exchange of visits and reached important consensus in many fields such as politics, economy, trade and culture. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh exchanged visits last year and it is the first time that the state leaders of the two countries exchange visits within one year in the past 60 years. Strategic mutual trust has increased continuously. Bilateral economic and trade cooperation have been extensively carried out, and cultural and educational exchanges are more vigorous and active. Three pairs of cities including Kunming and Kolkata have concluded sister-city relations. The central governments of Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar formally established cooperation mechanism on promoting the construction of BCIM Economic Corridor.
The Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party that concluded last month made a comprehensive deployment on the deepening of the reform, and unfold the grand blueprint for the future development of China. The Chinese people will make greater strides in the new March of realizing ‘China Dream’ in 2014. The realization of ‘China Dream’ needs peaceful and stable external environment. We strongly believe that the mutually beneficial exchanges and cooperation will provide great opportunities for the common development and prosperity of both China and India.
2014 is the year of China-India Friendly Exchanges, and it also marks the 60th anniversary of Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. As the newly appointed Chinese Consul General in Kolkata, I will work hard with my colleagues to help promote the cooperation between the concerned provinces in China and eastern India, to provide warm service and help to the Chinese companies, overseas Chinese, overseas students in the consular jurisdiction of this Consulate. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Government of West Bengal, all the industrial and commercial chambers, enterprises, all the Consulate corps in Kolkata, and all the Chinese companies and overseas Chinese for your long term support and help to Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata. I wish we could have better and more cooperation in the future.
Ladies and gentlemen,
According to Chinese tradition, 2014 is the year of ‘Horse’ and the Spring Festival will be on 31st January. In Chinese culture, horse represents the spirit of marching forward fearlessly and the courage in making unremitting efforts for the great success . On this joyous occasion of the coming Spring Festival, I wish all of you great happiness and prosperity in the New Year!
Now, may I propose a toast,
To the everlasting friendship between our two peoples,
To the further development of comprehensive cooperative relations between China and eastern India,
To the health and happiness of all our distinguished guests present,