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Minister Chen Wen Attends 2020 Chinese New Year Celebration Hosted by Welsh Government
2020/01/30

On January 29, Minister Chen Wen of the Chinese Embassy in the UK attended the Chinese New Year Celebration hosted by the Welsh government at the National Assembly for Wales and delivered a speech. Around 130 guests took parts in the event, including Eluned Morgan AM, Welsh Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language, representatives of the Welsh government, business, education and media sectors, Chinese enterprises, Confucius Institutes, the overseas Chinese and Chinese students in Wales. Before the reception, Minister Chen met with Minister Morgan.

In her speech, Minister Chen said, recent years have witnessed ever-deeper China-Wales relations and positive outcomes in their practical cooperation in various fields. Such relationship has become a key component of China-UK cooperation. Looking into the future, she hoped that China and Wales could translate their close cooperation into tangible outcomes, so as to write a new chapter of China-Wales partnership, and make new contribution to the overall China-UK relations. In doing this, China and Wales need to join hands to build “three bridges”, namely the bridge of policy coordination, the bridge of common interests, and the bridge of people-to-people bond, so as to strengthen cooperation and embrace a brighter future.

Minister Chen also shared information on China’s battle with the Covid-19 epidemic. With the strong leadership of the central government and the broad support of the international community, including the UK, China has the resolve, confidence and capability to win the battle over the disease, she said.

Minister Morgan said that there are many highlights in the economic, trade, culture and education cooperation between Wales and China. She hoped that the Confucius Institutes in Wales would offer more Chinese language courses, so as to help attract more Chinese tourists to Wales and more Chinese businesses to invest in Wales. Wales and China are facing the same global challenges, and the prospects for bilateral cooperation are promising. Minister Morgan spoke highly of the Chinese government’s efforts and its mobilizing, organizing and executing capability in the fight against the epidemic outbreak. She wished the Chinese people a complete success in winning the battle and extended her condolences to those who lost their lives to the epidemic.

At the warm and friendly reception full of Chinese New Year festive atmosphere, the artists from China and Wales performed lion dancing, and young students from both countries sang classical Chinese and Welsh songs. Guests at the reception spoke positively of China-Wales relations, giving their wishes to China-Wales exchanges and cooperation and hoping for more fruitful outcomes.

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