Ambassador's opening speech on Estonian-Chinese Open Friendship Championships in Wushu Kungfu
2019/09/27

Dear Mr.Mihhail Kolvart, Mr. Priit Korve ,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Friends,

Good afternoon, everyone!

It is my great pleasure to attend the opening ceremony of the Estonian-Chinese Open Friendship Championships in Wushu Kungfu today. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all the friends who have long-time loved and supported Chinese traditional culture, especially Chinese martial arts.

As one of the best representatives of Chinese culture, Chinese martial arts, combining China’s historical traditions and cultural emotions, are extensive and profound. Martial arts are a kind of "body language" that can connect different people from different regions. Wushu originated from China but belongs to the world. It attracts people all over the world. As the treasure of the Chinese traditional culture, Wushu also serves as the bridge of cultural exchanges between China and other countries,enhancing mutual understanding and friendship.

In recent years, China-Estonia relations have developed rapidly. Last September Madame President Mrs. Kersti Kaljulaid visited China and met with President Xi Jinping. Both sides have reached consensus on further promoting high-quality people to people exchanges between China and Estonia which led our cultural exchange into an unprecedented fast track. A series of cultural exchange activities, including the “Happy Chinese New Year", Shanghai Opera House’s participation in the Saaremaa Opera Festival last year and performances by Estonian song and dance troupe in China, were all very well received and made great success, which is conducive to promote mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples.

I would like particularly express my thanks to mayor Mr. Kolvart, President Mr. Korve, and all the martial arts enthusiasts in Estonia. You have created a high level competition platform in the Baltic and northeast European regions, which contributes to promoting the spirit and development of martial arts and the exchange of different cultures.

As a Chinese saying goes: ”Making friends through martial arts”. Today, I am very happy to see that the martial arts enthusiasts from different countries compete with and learn from each other, which will improve your skill and friendship.

Last but not the least, I wish all the participants enjoying the competition and getting good results. May the event a great success. Now the Estonian-Chinese Open Friendship Championships in Wushu Kungfu begins.

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