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Opening Remarks by H.E.Ambassador Wu Hailong for the performance of the Original Chinese OperaThe Grand Canal
(Leman Theatre, 19:30 30/06/2015)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to warmly welcome you all to the Original Chinese Opera the Grand Canal, which is co-hosted by the Chinese Permanent Mission and the Jiangsu Province of China, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

The Grand Canal, constructed 1500 years ago during China's Sui Dynasty, is more than 2700 km long and connects the Northern and Southern parts of China. Historically, the Grand Canal played a significant role in promoting the economic and cultural integration between China's north and south. Together with the Great Wall, the Grand Canal is regarded as one of the two most magnificent and wondrous constructions in ancient China. In June 2014, the Grand Canal was inscribed on the World Heritage List.

The opera revolves around the construction and the function of the Grand Canal, as well as its impact on the fate of the Sui Dynasty and the succeeding Tang Dynasty. It makes a thought provoking story. As this ancient canal facilitated the communications between the North and South of China, I hope that the opera tonight could serve as a bridge between its Chinese and international audiences, stimulating their shared feelings on the opera's interpretation of arts, hearts and emotions. In this regard, I believe the opera could add luster to the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations.

I hope sincerely that the Chinese artists' impressive performance will give you a memorable evening.

Thank you.

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