Remarks on 68th National Day Reception by Consul General Zheng Xiyuan

Honorable Chief Secretary Sumit Mullick,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Good evening!

First of all, please allow me, on behalf of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, to extend my sincere welcome to all of you!

Just now 18 employees from local Chinese Companies have sung those two national anthems of our two countries. The respect to both national anthems symbolizes the relevance of current relations, and the mutual beneficial relations arising out of the cooperation between these two countries. As of now, there are almost 300 Chinese companies in the consular region of Maharashtra and Karnataka, employing 15,000 local people who work along with about 1,000 Chinese employees. Currently some new factories are under preparation and construction, and it is predicted that they could provide more than 5,000 new jobs in 2018. Today with us are several engineers from Shanghai, the sister city of Mumbai. They are directly involved in the construction of Metro 3 Line, while another Chinese company is now building the highest tower in Bengaluru, which will become part of a new skyline of that city. The documentary film we just watched is on the economic and trade cooperation between our two countries.


So what is the message we want to convey dear friends? That enhancing the cooperation between China and India will help meet the expectation of 2.7 billion people of our countries together !


Dear friends, the relations between China and India are just like the monsoon season. You have different levels of rainfall in different years and sometimes you have drought as well. Over the past three years, we have witnessed the fluctuations in relations, especially this year during the standoff period.


In fact,whenever my wife and I were invited to social functions, we were always wondering whether Indian friends would still welcome us as before or whether they would choose to avoid us.The reality is that  each time when we approached the entrance, so many Indian friends would come to us, shaking hands and hugging us. This makes me feel quite deeply moved that Mumbai is great, and the people of Mumbai are great!


Early this month, Indian Prime Minister Modi attended the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian. During the meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that both countries are two biggest developing countries as well as emerging countries in the world; that there is huge potential for both nations to tap opportunities in cooperation with each other; that the only right way for us is to realize peaceful co-existence and win-win situation.


As the ancient Chinese poet Li Bai said,

 Amidst incessant wailing of monkeys, My skiff (boat) darted past ten thousand mountain peaks.

 Let's work together in the same boat, and sail towards the destination that the leaders of both nations have charted out.

 In a little while we will invite Mr. Mullick and other distinguished guests to come up on the stage, and send a letter bearing the ceremonial stamp of Mrs. Guo Qinglan, the wife of Dr. Kotnis. It is said that this is the first time a stamp bearing the face of a Chinese Citizen is being approved by the India National Post Office.

I would also like to thank Mayor of Solapur, for her 8-hour travel to Mumbai to commemorate this stamp.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to share an emotional story: 79 years ago, in September 1938, Dr. Kotnis, along with other four doctors, departed from Mumbai to China, where they jointly supported the just cause of Anti-Japanese Aggression.  At that time the Consulate General of China held a farewell reception for Dr Kotnis and his team. Today, 79 years later in the same hotel, in the same room, we hold this function to commemorate their just deeds, and to say that the foundation for our friendship is as solid as stone.

In the room we set up a model of Beijing Forbidden City and an Indian Post Office Letter-box, to symbolize the need for dialogue and exchanges between China and India. In modern times, "WhatsApp" has replaced the post office. Nevertheless, post office is one of the great inventions of human race because it carries with many fond memories.  President Xi Jinping once pointed out that the closeness of nations depend on the closeness of their peoples. But what are the foundations of the closeness? The foundation comprises communication. The biggest obstacle facing us is the lack of exchanges. Therefore, in order to stabilize and to have better bilateral relations, it is most urgent and important for our two sides to enhance communication.   

I like to conclude my speech with three "C": cooperation, commemoration, communication.

Finally, I would say thanks to friends in Taj Mahal Hotel, and in order to show our sincere welcome, our Chinese chef has also contributed two typical Chinese dishes, called "Ma Po Toufu" and "Gong Bao Chicken ". We hope you would like them!

Thanks. Bahut Bahut Dhanyavaad!

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