Global Diplomats' Chinese Cultural Night promotes people-to-people ties

By Zhang Junmian
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Bayney Karran (R), Guyana's ambassador to China, hands over the rotating chairmanship to Selim Belortaja, Albania's ambassador to China, at the 2018 Global Diplomats' Chinese Cultural Night in Beijing on Dec. 8, 2018. [Photo by Zhang Junmian/]

The 2018 Global Diplomats' Chinese Cultural Night was held at the China World Hotel in Beijing on Dec. 8 to promote exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations for strengthening people-to-people ties and boosting world peace, development and prosperity. 

Nearly 1,000 delegates, including more than 400 diplomats from 157 countries, as well as famous scholars and representatives from leading Chinese companies, participated in the event, enjoying performances showcasing the colorful culture of China and other nations in the world.

The audience was amazed by the performances, including a Chinese incense art show, Chinese martial arts, a traditional Chinese flower arrangement, a diplomatic talent show, as well as presentations by cultural groups from some countries. 

The event also included the rotating chairmanship handover ceremony, launch of the Sino-US Friendship Center (Beijing), a launch ceremony for "I am the Inheritor of Chinese Characters", an exhibition of Tajikistan's traditional culture and tourism resources, a red carpet session and a gala dinner.

Xu Yunzu, general manager of LOOKWE and secretary general of the organizing committee, said the yearly gathering was devoted to promoting cultural exchanges and mutual understanding between China and other countries for peaceful development and common prosperity.

Bayney Karran, Guyana's ambassador to China and the 2018 rotating chairman, made a speech in which he said cross-cultural cooperation could help reinforce international security, environmental protection, global health, the spread of technology and the conservation of resources.

"A good way to promote peace and harmony is to foster greater understanding among our various cultures," he stressed. "An appreciation for the cultures of others is a prerequisite to the unity that is necessary in order to face the challenges of our times.

"It is the responsibility of diplomats to promote attitudes of openness, tolerance and inclusivity. Our duty is to strengthen fraternity, solidarity and cooperation among peoples in order to make a positive impact on human progress."

Selim Belortaja, Albania's ambassador to China and honorary chairman for the 2019 event, said: "The series of performances tonight is possibly the best translation of our cross-cultural and human common interest and objectives, with clear messages for peace, stability and development, environment protection and security, for a better future for the humankind."

Initiated in 2015 by LOOKWE, a Beijing-based company promoting international communication and exchanges in trade, culture and tourism, the annual event has become the largest people-to-people diplomatic activity in China.

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