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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Zhang Yiming at the Cultural Performance of Troupe of Jinan
29 September 2018

Hon. Laura Mcloed Katjirua, Governor of Khomas Region,

Hon. Utoni Nujoma, Minister of Land Reform,

Excellencies and Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Representatives of Compatriots and Overseas Chinese,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening!

First of all, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy and in my own name, I wish to express my sincere appreciation and warmest welcome to all my friends to today's cultural feast! And may I propose a round of applause to welcome the artists of Troupe of Jinan!

Perhaps you would ask, what's the reason for us to host this performance?

Firstly, it's a birthday gift for the People's Republic of China. 2 days later, 1 October marks the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. It is a special day that ignite every single Chinese with enthusiasm. We feel so proud of our motherland's rapid development that we would like to share this passionate with our brothers and sisters in Namibia.

Secondly, it's congratulation on the ongoing development of China-Namibian Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership. This year, H.E. President Geingob paid two visits to China, during his excellency's visit, a series of agreements including the MoU on "Belt and Road" Initiative Cooperation and the Protocol on Beef Exporting have been signed. Obviously, the cooperation between our two countries has gained greater momentum.

Thirdly, it's a date connecting our two people's hearts and souls. The troupe of Jinan travelled thousands of miles to present this cultural feast to the people on the Land of Brave. We hope that in this way more and more Namibian can enrich their knowledge about Chinese culture, both traditional and modern, and the affective interaction and thoughts exchange between our two people's could be enhanced. In this regard, I believe that a long-term and stable development for our bilateral relations is set to be realized.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Maybe you would also ask, what can we expect from the performance?

The troupe of Jinan comes from Shandong Province, the hometown of two ancient Chinese sages, Confucius and Mencius. The Province is famous for its "one mountain, one spring, and one saint". The Mountain Tai ranks the first among five great and famous mountains in China. The Baotu Spring is the finest spring in China and moisturizing the land and its people. And as I mentioned, Confucius, a saint sage as Jesus in China, and its Confucianism have enlightened Chinese people from generations to generations.

All those make Shandong and its people attractive and charming. Today, the top-notch artists from Shandong will perform Shandong folk songs, Kongfu, magic acrobatics, Beijing Opera, etc. I am sure our Namibian friends will enjoy it.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

During the FOCAC Beijing Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping said, "let us build a China-Africa community with a shared future that enjoys cultural prosperity". China and Namibia are close friends, heartfelt brothers and strategic partners that can be counted on. Both of our civilizations have unique features. We value and learn from each other. Hence, we will invite more Chinese troupes to visit Namibia. Meanwhile I hope more Namibian troupes go to China and play for Chinese audience.

Last but not least, I wish the performance a great success! And all my best friends here have a memorable night!

Thank you!

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