CSCLF Chairman meets with Mayor of Christchurch

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Wang Jiarui, chairman of China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), meets with the Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel on March 30 in Christchurch, New Zealand. [Photo courtesy of CSCLF]

Wang Jiarui, chairman of China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), led a delegation to visit the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, from March 29 to 30, and met with its mayor, Lianne Dalziel. During the visit, the delegation also made a special visit to the memorial wall, expressing deep condolences to the victims of the shooting in Christchurch.

Dalziel welcomed Wang Jiarui and his delegation to the city and said that a memorial service had been held in Christchurch. She said their visit at this time fully shows the Chinese people's understanding and support for the people of Christchurch.

Dalziel introduced the history and development of the city to the delegation, saying that the shooting on March 15 would not damage the image of the city. She said the inclusiveness, friendly affection and strength of the people in Christchurch demonstrated the true spirit and character of the city.

Wang Jiarui said the delegation visited the city as planned after the shooting, and organized a Chinese youth delegation to carry out cultural exchanges and condolence performances. Their purpose was to convey the friendship of the Chinese people, especially the youth, to the people of New Zealand. He further explained that the Chinese had a philosophical belief that while a big disaster would bring great grief to a city, it would also make it stronger. Wang recalled the catastrophic earthquake in China's Tangshan, and said that after the disaster, the city renewed its vitality through its reconstruction and become a "heroic" city. He believed that Christchurch would also be able to emerge from its grief and usher in a better future.

Darzil invited the delegation to view the city from the top floor of City Hall. The delegation viewed the paintings created for the victims of the shooting by the youth, and hoped to pass on the spirit of the city to more people.

The delegation then made a special trip to the commemorative wall to present flowers and express deep condolences to the victims of the shooting.

Vice Chairman of the CSCLF, Yu Qun, and Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Christchurch, Wang Zhijian, also attended these activities.

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