“Happy Chinese New Year and the 20th Anniversary of China-South Africa Diplomatic Relations Gala” Held in Durban

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology [Time]    2018-02-22 09:32:33 

On February 13th local time, “Happy Chinese New Year and the 20th Anniversary of China-South-Africa Diplomatic Relations Gala” was held at Sibaya iZulu Theatre in Durban. This grand activity was sponsored by the Chinese Consulate in Durban and organized by Overseas Chinese Entrepreneur Association in KwaZulu-Natal, the Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology and Durban-Guangzhou Sister City Association.

More than 700 people attended the activity, including Fawzia Peer, Deputy Mayor of Durban, Sherry Zalika Sykes, Consul-General of the Consulate General of the United States in Durban, Wang Jianzhou, Consul-General of the Chinese Consulate General in Durban, Eric Apelgren, Head of International and Governance Relations in Durban, Andrew Davis, Khoisan Chief, Sibusiso Moyo, Vice-Chancellor of Durban University of Technology, as well as representatives of local people from all walks of life and overseas Chinese and the media.

In her speech, Fawzia Peer expressed her gratitude to the Chinese-funded enterprises in South Africa for creating job opportunities for local people. She said that she hopes to deepen South Africa-China cooperation, help South Africa improve its economic capability, create more job opportunities and explore more areas of cooperation in the future. The South African government will enhance dialogue mechanism between the two countries, and provide more opportunities for China to learn more about South African culture and deepen the friendship between China and South Africa so as to achieve sustainable development in economy, innovation, science and technology, tourism and other fields.

Fawzia Peer delivering her speech

Wang Jianzhou expressed in his speech that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and China 20 years ago, bilateral relations have enjoyed all-round and profound development and a major leap forward from partnership to strategic partnership to comprehensive strategic partnership, reaching a new height of political mutual trust, economic integration and cultural inclusiveness. Both China and South Africa have achieved success in the construction of Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms, the “Year of China” in South Africa, and the construction of China-South Africa high-level people-to-people exchange mechanism. In 2018, the friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and South Africa will embrace new historic opportunities. China will make every effort to strengthen win-win cooperation with South Africa, promote the construction of the Belt and Road and build a new type of international relations featuring respect, inclusiveness, fairness and justice as well as win-win cooperation.

Wang Jianzhou delivering a speech

In his speech, Lin Defei said that all overseas Chinese in South Africa should seize historic opportunities, actively participate in the building of the Belt and Road Initiative, enhance the awareness of the Chinese community and shoulder the historical responsibility of national rejuvenation. And more efforts and contributions should be made to further promote the common prosperity of overseas Chinese.

China’s Inner Mongolia National Song & Dance Troupe was specially invited to the gala. The opening dance Auspicious Prairie, with the perfect fusion of the Morin khuur, long tune, Khoomei, dance and other Mongolian elements, was magnificent and fully presented the charm of national art. Erhu solo “Horse Racing” depicted the mighty galloping horse, presenting the vivid scene of Mongolian festival horseracing and associating the audience with the vast grassland and herdsmen’s joy. The wonderful Sichuan Opera Face Changing won uninterrupted applause. With mildly flowing tunes, the song “Geese” lingered on people’s minds. The “Top Bowl Dance” was so graceful that it brought the gala to climax yet again.

Dancing performance “Auspicious Prairie”

“The Melody of Horse”

Sichuan Opera Face Changing

“Top Bowl Dance”

Group photo

“Happy Spring Festival” is a grand activity of cultural exchange, which is jointly launched by Chinese Ministry of Culture, relevant state ministries and commissions, local cultural groups and overseas agencies since the Spring Festival in 2010. It aims to celebrate the Spring Festival with people around the world, share Chinese culture with them and build a harmonious world. The campaign advocates the concepts of “happiness”, “harmony”, “sharing” and “praying for happiness” and highlights the theme of “Happy Spring Festival and Harmonious World”, which epitomizes the beautiful wishes of Chinese people and fully reflects the aspirations of the people around the world.