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China, Panama celebrate 5th anniversary of diplomatic ties with concert

Updated: 2022-07-02 15:46 ( Xinhua )
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A concert featuring performances by China's National Symphony Orchestra was held at Panama's National Theater Tuesday night, as part of celebrations marking the fifth anniversary of the establishment of China-Panama diplomatic relations.

The two countries established diplomatic relations on June 13, 2017.

The pre-recorded performances were projected onto a giant screen. Speaking with Xinhua at the packed theater, China's Ambassador to Panama Wei Qiang said the concert was aimed at underscoring the importance of continuous cultural, artistic and people-to-people exchange between the two countries.

"Over these five years, exchanges in this cultural, educational and people-centered milieu, which constitute one of the fundamental pillars of the bilateral agenda, have achieved very gratifying results and covered a wide range of genres ... all types of dance, ballet, opera, the Beijing Opera, painting and film," the diplomat said.

"As head of the mission in Panama, I feel totally satisfied and happy to have been a fortunate witness to the remarkable progress and deepening of our cooperation," Wei said.

The ambassador noted that crises often lead to opportunities, referring to the fact that cooperation to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a strengthening of ties between Panama and China.

The concert featured a classical repertoire of China's National Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Li Xincao.

The orchestra performed the symphonic overture "Ode to the Red Flag" by Lu Qiming, "The Butterfly Lovers" by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang, and Symphony No. 5 in C minor by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Wei pointed out that the three performances showcased took place during the pandemic, two of which were performed in front of an audience wearing face masks, and one was performed with no audience present.

In the last performance, he said, the violin soloist and the orchestra were even taped separately in different places.

"It is an example of human resilience in the face of these times of great adversity that the pandemic has brought us," he said.

The diplomat expressed optimism about the development of bilateral cooperation and friendship over the next five years and beyond based on the two countries' shared principles of equality, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.

The concert was attended by special guests and the general public, and was coordinated by the Chinese Embassy in Panama in collaboration with the National Theater of Panama and Panama's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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