In the evening of January 30, the Chinese Embassy in the UK held a Spring Festival reception for overseas Chinese, H.E. Mme. Ambassador Fu Ying delivered a speech titled "Grasp Historic Opportunity to Promote Sino-UK Cooperation" and expressed her warm New Year greetings to overseas Chinese, Chinese nationals from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, overseas Chinese students and staff of China institutions.
Fu Ying vividly introduced the fruits of British Prime Minister Brown's visit to China with a series of figures. She also introduced current domestic situation in China and hopes that overseas Chinese in UK could grasp historic opportunity for all-round development of Sino-UK relationship and further promote bilateral cooperation in all fields.
Fu Ying talked about snowstorm in central and southern China and encourages overseas Chinese in UK to express their solicitude and support through their channels to China.
Fu Ying also hoped that overseas Chinese could enthusiastically support and participate in Beijing Olympic Games and "China Now" and welcomed them to attend "The Same Song" to be held in London.
About 500 guests, including principals of more than 100 Chinese associations, representatives of overseas Chinese students and senior managers of China enterprises, attended the reception and the atmosphere was grand and ardent.
Representatives of overseas Chinese denoted that China's development and strength have build a solid foundation for overseas Chinese well-being and stable development of Sino-UK relationship. Prime Minister Gordon Brown chose China as the first destination of his first visit in 2008 and held a special tea party for representatives of overseas Chinese in UK before his visit, which fully shows the great importance attached by UK government to overseas Chinese in UK. The overseas Chinese in UK are extremely happy about the successful visit by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to China and the new development in Sino-UK relationship. They will grasp historic opportunity, play a bigger role in promoting Sino-UK relations, and make more contributions to China's unification course. Some overseas Chinese also denoted that they are greatly concerned about snowstorm in central and southern China and would advocate Chinese society to donate for the affected people.
Gong Jianzhong, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate-General in Manchester, and Tan Xiutian, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate-General in Edinburgh also attended the reception.