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The Chinese Consulate General in Manchester Holds "Spring in Manchester" Chinese New Year's Concert And Spring Festival Reception


On 23rd January 2019, the Chinese Consulate General in Manchester held "Spring in Manchester" Chinese New Year's Concert and Spring Festival Reception at Chetham's School of Music. Her Majesty's Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Lord Mayor of Manchester, High Sheriff of Greater Manchester and 350 representatives from industrial and commercial circles, overseas Chinese and Chinese academic circles as well as Chinese enterprises gathered together to celebrate the Spring Festival.  

Consul General Zheng Xiyuan made a speech and reviewed the Chinese nation's tremendous achievement in the past 40 years since reform and opening up- it has stood up, grown rich and become strong. He pointed out that in 2018, under the strong leadership of the Party Central Committee with General Secretary Xi Jinping at its core, China's economy steadily grew 6.6% and the fulfillment, happiness and security of Chinese people were further enhanced. China will adhere to opening wider to the outside world, focus on the joint construction of the Belt and Road initiative, work with all parties to create a new platform for international cooperation, inject new impetus to the common development of the world and continuously advance cooperation for building a community of shared future for mankind.

He expressed that in the past year, Northern England had deepened exchange and cooperation with China and Chinese expatriates interacted more frequently with local society, which made positive contribution to the consolidation and development of Sino-British relations. The Consulate General will actively build a platform to prompt the overseas Chinese community to integrate into local society and contribute to their residential country. Meanwhile, they will be encouraged to use their advantage of being a bridge to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two nations, continuously consolidate the foundation of friendly public opinion between China and the UK and actively pay attention to and participate in the development and construction of their ancestral country.


Mr. Griffiths, Her Majesty's Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Cllr Hitchen, Lord mayor of Manchester, Mr. Rhys Whalley, Executive Director of Manchester China Forum and Ms. Ren Jieyi, Chair of Joint Council of Chinese Organisations Northwest addressed the audience respectively and extended their spring greetings to local Chinese communities and Chinese people. They expressed that the friendship between Greater Manchester and China went back a long way and it was delightful to see local cooperation with China developing vigorously. They called on all ethical groups to strengthen dialogue, enhance unity and seize together opportunities brought about by China's widened opening up.    

The preparatory group for the Chinese garden in the RHS Garden Bridgewater project in Greater Manchester briefed the local Chinese community on the project progress and called on the community to actively participate in the project construction.


The Chinese and British classics performed by staff and students from the famous British Chetham's School of Music and the visiting Guangzhou Yi Zhong Ren Art Troupe won applause from the audience. The event climaxed when consular staff and local Chinese communities jointly sang Edelweiss and Jasmin.


Videos of Wild China and 40 Years of Reform and Opening Up Photography Exhibition were looped at the site. Consul General Zheng accompanied guests and visited the Chinese culture exhibition zone, watched live performance including Chinese calligraphy, zither and tea ceremony, tasted Chinese delicacies and personally wrote the character "Fu" (good luck) as gifts for guests.


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