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· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Screening of the Documentary The New Stories of Zhejiang: Tell China's Stories and Cement the Foundation of Friendship(2019-12-18)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Banquet in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Macao's Return to China: Pool Our Strengths and Work together to Write a New Chapter of the Success of "One Country, Two Systems"(2019-12-17)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Thank You Reception Hosted by the UK Chinese Business Association: Follow the Trend of the Times and Promote Cooperation(2019-12-10)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming contributes an article to The Sunday Telegraph entitled China will play a full part to form open world economy(2019-12-09)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Scottish Chamber of Commerce Lunch: Seize the Opportunities to Take China-Scotland Cooperation to a New Level(2019-12-03)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives an Exclusive Interview to People's Daily(2019-12-02)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives Exclusive Interview on BBC's HARDtalk(2019-11-28)
· The Financial Times publishes a signed article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming entitled: China wants to build deeper educational links with Britain(2019-11-27)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception on the Occasion of the 31st Regular Session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization: Build a Maritime Community with a Shared Future for Mankind through International Maritime Cooperation(2019-11-27)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Bank of China London Branch: Forge ahead towards a Brighter Future(2019-11-23)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Holds the Third Press Conference on the Situation in Hong Kong at the Chinese Embassy(2019-11-18)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives Exclusive Live Interview on CNBC(2019-11-16)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Global Markets Conference 2019 Held by BNP Paribas: Share the Opportunities of China and Join Hands to Create a Better Future(2019-11-15)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Young Icebreakers 11th Anniversary Dinner: Fully and Faithfully Implementing "One Country, Two Systems" is Key to Sustained Prosperity and Stability in Hong Kong(2019-11-09)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of CCB London's Launch of UK RMB Clearing Services: Enhance Financial Cooperation and Deliver More "Golden Fruits"(2019-11-08)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Opening Ceremony of the China Pavilion at WTM London: Get a Glimpse of the Beauty of China and Build a Bridge of Friendship and Cooperation(2019-11-05)
· Speech by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at The UK Financial Services Industry Beyond BREXIT Summit: Seize the Opportunity to be a Future Leader(2019-10-28)
· Financial Times publishes Ambassador Liu Xiaoming's letter "Productive partnerships are never built on insults"(2019-10-24)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Closing Ceremony of the 15th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention: Our Common Roots, Our Shared Future(2019-10-24)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the "Weaving Dreams, Spinning Wonders – a Showcase of the Rich Tapestry of Chinese Culture" Event: A Story of Win-Win Cooperation(2019-10-22)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the "My People, My Country" Gala: Singing of National Rejuvenation and China-UK Friendship(2019-10-14)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives Exclusive Live Interview on CGTN Agenda(2019-10-13)
· Remarks by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the 21st Century China Forum: Take the Lead in Open Cooperation on Innovation and Deliver Win-Win Results(2019-10-12)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives Exclusive Live Interview on BBC Newsnight(2019-10-08)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives Exclusive Live Interview on Sky News Tonight(2019-10-02)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at CBBC's Autumn Reception: Join Hands for a Better Future of China-UK Cooperation(2019-09-27)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming: The Questions of Our Times Call for a Joint Response(2019-09-26)
· The Politics First Magazine Published a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled Invaluable Lessons of 65 Years of China-UK Relations(2019-09-26)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at Harrow School: Know the Real China and Build A Bridge of Friendship(2019-09-20)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Showcase Event for the Documentary China's Greatest Treasures: A Shining New Era for China's Greatest Treasures(2019-09-19)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception of China Night Concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Play the Notes For Consensus and Strength(2019-09-17)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception in Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China: Remain True to Our Original Aspiration and Write A New Splendid Chapter(2019-09-10)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Meeting with the Defence Correspondents' Association: Shoulder Common Responsibilities and Bridge the "Peace Deficit"(2019-09-06)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Official Banquet of the China-UK Business Leaders Forum: Produce New Outcomes and Provide New Impetus(2019-09-05)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the AFCA International Forum for Green Finance (London) & AFCA Green Finance Practice Report 2019 Launching Event: Pursue Green Development and Write a New Chapter of Financial Cooperation(2019-09-04)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Market Open in honour of the WCEC coming to London: Come together to Build Three Platforms(2019-09-04)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming contributes an article entitled US tariffs will inflict as much damage on America as they will on China to The Daily Telegraph(2019-09-03)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at A Polaris String Quartet Concert in Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China: A Fusion of East and West(2019-08-30)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Holds a Press Conference on the Situation in Hong Kong(2019-08-16)
· H.E. Liu Xiaoming contributes an article entitled China will never tolerate any challenge to the bottom line of "one country, two systems" to South China Morning Post(2019-08-16)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at Concert in Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China: Sing for Our Times and Our Patriotism(2019-08-07)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception Marking the 92nd Anniversary of the People's Liberation Army: Live up to the Mission and Carry on Shoulder to Shoulder(2019-07-26)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Navigate the New Silk Road Forum: China Stays Committed to Openness, Cooperation and Consultation, and Brings Confidence to the World(2019-07-11)
· Response from H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the University of Huddersfield Honorary Award Ceremony: Bring up New Talents and Make Headways towards the Future(2019-07-09)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Signing Ceremony of the Confucius Institute of Science and Technology Innovation at the University of Huddersfield: Keep to the Right Direction and Open up a Future of Win-Win Results(2019-07-09)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives Exclusive Live Interview on BBC's Andrew Marr Show(2019-07-08)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Holds a Press Conference on the Question of Hong Kong(2019-07-04)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Generation UK: Celebrating Five Years Reception Event: Live Your Dream in the China-UK "Golden Era"(2019-06-29)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming contributes an article entitled In the US/China trade battle, it is vital to separate truth from fiction to The Daily Telegraph(2019-06-27)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the CCCUK 2019 Annual Conference: Build a Platform for Open Cooperation(2019-06-27)
Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Screening of the Documentary The New Stories of Zhejiang: Tell China's Stories and Cement the Foundation of Friendship
Chinese Embassy in the UK, 17 December 2019
2019-12-18 17:26

Lord Bates and Xuelin,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Friends:

Good evening and welcome to the Chinese Embassy!

It is a real delight to have you all with us at tonight’s screening of the documentary The New Stories of Zhejiang, which features the walking journey of Lord Bates and his wife Xuelin.

Lord Bates and Xuelin are good friends of mine. They both love hiking. And they are both supporters and builders of China-UK friendship. Over the years, they have completed a number of hiking trips in China with the sincere wish of promoting understanding of China here in the UK and around the world. They have scaled mountains and crossed rivers, leaving footprints in China. They have opened the eyes of their minds and hearts to the changes and progress in China. They have put their sweat and toil into this great project called China-UK friendship.

On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, I would like to pay high tribute to Lord Bates and Xuelin. Please accept our heartfelt thanks!

It is gratifying that their month-long walking journey in Zhejiang Province from end of summer to early autumn has been documented in The New Stories of Zhejiang. This TV documentary offers a vivid glimpse into their experience during the journey.

Last October, The New Stories of Zhejiang had its global debut in Beijing. It was later aired on CNBC, on The Wall Street Journal website, on China Central Television and on a number of new media outlets. The reception has been warm and positive.

By telling China’s stories, this documentary answers three important questions:

First, what is China like in the new era?

In this documentary, Lord Bates and Xuelin set out on a walking journey in China searching for answers to poverty reduction, the Belt and Road Initiative and the idea that “clear waters and green mountains are as valuable as mountains of gold and silver”. They visited Xiajiang village; they went to Yiwu, the starting point of China Railway Express; and they spent time in the ancient tea village of Pan’an.

On their journey, they tried to find out about the connection between Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and different places and people in China, and what kind of guidance it offered to local development. From their unique perspective, they share with the audience their findings and understanding of the new thoughts and new reforms of China in the new era.

The second question is, what is China like in the eyes of ordinary Chinese?

During their walking journey in China, Lord Bates and Xuelin documented the life and work of ordinary people they met, from village party secretary to farmers and workers, from entrepreneurs of private businesses to painters and returned overseas Chinese.

The documentary offers a panoramic view of the relentless hard-work of ordinary Chinese who, in a most sincere and touching way, share their personal experience of the achievements of New China in the past 70 years and their aspiration for an even better life.

The third question is how to understand a real China?

People-to-people bond holds the key to state-to-state relations. Mutual understanding is the precondition for mutual trust between China and the UK. It is also the foundation of people-to-people bond.

Lord Bates said in the documentary, “To understand China, you need to undertake a complete shift of thinking. You need to be prepared to leave your cultural baggage on the carousel in the airport.”

I fully agree with him. To understand the real China, one needs to rid oneself of all prejudices and biases, get an objective perspective, open up the mind, and adopt an inclusive attitude. Only by doing so can one see the real China and appreciate her vivid and true stories. Only then can we cement the public foundation for China-UK friendship.

From its unique angle, The New Stories of Zhejiang tries to tell China’s stories. In this day and age, there is a great need to tell the stories of China in the new era because this enables China to embrace the world, this helps the world understand China, and this enhances trust and cooperation between China and the UK.

The walking journey of Lord Bates and Xuelin has been a “Walk of Friendship”. It is my sincere hope that their endeavour will encourage more and more British friends to visit China, to learn more about China and understand China. In doing so, you will make more contribution to China-UK friendship and to China-UK mutual trust!

Thank you!

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