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Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan Hold a Welcome Banquet for International Dignitaries Attending the Opening Ceremony of the 31st Summer Universiade in Chengdu

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At noon on July 28, 2023, President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan held a banquet at the Jinniu Hotel in Chengdu, Sichuan Province to welcome the international distinguished guests attending the opening ceremony of the 31st Summer Universiade in Chengdu.

They are: Indonesian President Widodo and his wife Iliana, Mauritanian President Gazwani, Burundi President Ndayishmiye, Guyana President Ali, Georgian Prime Minister Garibashvili and FISU Acting President Ed.

Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan cordially shook hands with the distinguished guests one by one, exchanged greetings and posed for pictures.

50 teenagers and children dressed in local ethnic minority costumes sang the Sichuan folk song “The Sun Rises Blissfully” and warmly welcomed distinguished guests from all over the world.

The banquet hall is full of greenery. The beautiful and picturesque scenery of Sichuan and Shu complements the lively and lovely Universiade mascot “Rong Bao”.

Xi Jinping delivered a speech , expressing a warm welcome to the international distinguished guests who came to China to attend the opening ceremony of the 31st Summer Universiade in Chengdu on behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the Chengdu Universiade will officially open tonight. China adheres to the concept of simple, safe and exciting competitions, overcomes the impact of adverse factors such as the new crown epidemic, earnestly fulfills its solemn promises, ensures the smooth holding of the Chengdu Universiade, and makes new contributions to the development of international youth sports.

Xi Jinping emphasized that since its inception, the Universiade has always been a grand gathering of youth, unity and friendship. We will join hands with the youth of the world to promote world peace and development with youthful vigor, and make the Chengdu Universiade an international sports event with Chinese characteristics, the spirit of the times, and youthful demeanor, so that young friends from all over the world can get together and get to know each other because of the Chengdu Universiade. Improve understanding and provide new impetus for advancing the cause of human progress. We must carry forward the purpose of the Universiade, respond to global challenges with a united attitude, gather positive energy for the international community, and cooperate to create a better future. We need to deepen exchanges and mutual learning, build a spiritual home that is harmonious but different with an inclusive mind, treat diverse cultures with an attitude of appreciation, mutual learning, and mutual learning, carry forward the common values ​​​​of all mankind, and write a new chapter in promoting the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Xi Jinping pointed out that Chengdu is a famous historical and cultural city, and also one of the most dynamic and happy cities in China. Welcome everyone to walk around the streets of Chengdu, experience and share the myriad of Chinese-style modernization.

Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang, Wang Yi, Li Ganjie, Wang Xiaohong, Chen Yiqin and others attended the event.

Before the welcome banquet, the distinguished guests enjoyed the display of Sichuan intangible cultural heritage.

Source : fmprc.gov.cn