66th National Day remarks
delivered by Zheng Xiyuan,Consul General of PR China(September 22, 2015)

His Excellency Mr.Sumit Mulick,

Additional Chief Secretary and the Chief of Protocal Of Maharashtra State Government,

Shri.Suddhenndra Kulkarni, Chairman of Observe Research Foundation Mumbai,

Shri.Khushroo Suntook, Chairman of NCPA

Dear Colleagues from Consulate General in Mumbai,

Ladies and Gentleman:

Good Evening!

Today, we are here to celebrate the 66th National Day of the People's Republic of China.

Welcome you and thank you very much for being with us!

Now, we just watch the video to show our Yatra to Kailas and Manasarovar. I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight the three Bridges between India and China.

The first bridge is Himalaya. When I was blessed to visit Manasarovar, I strongly felt Himalaya is not a barrier but a bridge which connects China and India. All of us are sons and daughters of some "mother rivers". Yangtze River And Yellow River are Mother Rivers of China which come from the north of Himalayas. Ganges is a Mother River of India which comes from the south of Himalaya. So, both of us are sons and daughters of Himalaya.

Regarding tonight's performance, I would like to say, the second bridge between us is the Silk Road. Tonight, the Gansu Opera House will present a wonderful show to us. You will see many Indian culture elements in their performance. Because they come from the east end of Silk Road and come here to call upon their sister city Aurangabad. In the history, a lot of Sanskrit Sutra introduced to China through the Silk Road. In old China, most of Chinese were Buddhist. Buddhism becomes one of the cores of Chinese civilization. That is why India and China are very close brotherhood in the long history.

The third bridge between us is economic corporation. China is India's largest trading partner and India is China's largest trading partner in South Asia. Today, the steady and rapid growth is the basic situation of China's economy. Chinese economy is heading like a big ship in a vast ocean. Sometimes there are storms but this ship is strong enough to face any storm and keep going. Tonight, there are many entrepreneurs form China and India joining us. More and more Chinese Companies take part in the movement of Make in India. And more and more Chinese Companies have come to Maharashtra. For example, Air China will open the new direct flight from Beijing to Mumbai next month. The new Sky-way means a new bridge between us.

Finally, we should know that these days are Ganesh festival of Maharashtra. So, let me say:

--Ganapati Bappa Morya...

--Mangal Murti Morya.. Thanks!

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