Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming At the Chinese New Year Celebrations in London
6 February 2011, Trafalgar Square, London
Mr. Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor of London,
Councillor Judith Warner, Lord Mayor of Westminster,
Madam Li Haifeng,
Mr Chu Ting Tang,
Mr Leslie Ng,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my great pleasure to see so many people joining us in celebrating the Chinese New Year. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy
in the UK, I wish all of you a very happy and prosperous Year of the Rabbit. (Chun Jie Kuai Le, Tu Nian Ji Xiang!)
The Chinese New Year is a time for family reunions and national celebration. And it is when all Chinese people express their wish for a prosperous year, both for their families and their motherland.
Today, the Chinese New Year is celebrated not only by the Chinese people, but also by the people in every part of the world. From China and across Asia, to Europe and America, wherever you go, you can feel the joy of celebrating. Here in London, as in Edinburgh
, Manchester, Liverpool, and many other cities, people are decorating their homes and streets with colourful lanterns and celebrating with dragon and lion dances.
This is the 10th year that we have been celebrating the Chinese New Year here in Trafalgar Square. It has become the largest event of celebrating the Chinese New Year outside Asia. We feel it important to share our happiness with the UK, a country we in China have so much in common with. We both have time-honoured histories, splendid
cultures and hard-working people. We are both proud of the contributions we have made to human civilization, and are both playing important role in international arena for world peace, stability and prosperity. History tells us: mutual trust comes from mutual understanding, and cooperation leads to a win-win in our development. Let us join hands to build a harmonious world of lasting peace and common prosperity.
I want to thank the Greater London Authority, Westminster City Council and the London Chinatown Chinese Association for their hard work in organising today's event and for their consistent commitment to mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples. I also want to thank Minister Li Haifeng and Minister Counsellor Shu Xiao for bringing two top-class Chinese art troupes to London. I am sure their wonderful performances will make today a very special day!
The Year of the Rabbit
stands for vitality and prosperity. I wish China and Britain continued prosperity. I wish our two peoples greater happiness. And I wish our two countries an even closer friendship.
Thank you and happy new year to you all!