Remarks by H.E. Zhao Jianhua
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China
to the Republic of the Philippines
at China-Inspired Art in October
Hon. Laura Del Rosario, Undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs,
Mr. Antonio D. Kalaw, Jr., President of the Development Academy of the Philippines,
Mr. Manuel Dy, Honorary Chairman of the Federation of the Filipino-Chinese Association of the Philippines(FFCAP),
Mr. Stephen Techico, President of the Federation of the Filipino-Chinese Association of the Philippines(FFCAP),
Ms. Doris Magsaysay-Ho, Chair of ABAC Philippines,
Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It's my great pleasure to attend this art exhibition. Among the series of activities commemorating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines, this exhibition is indeed special and outstanding. It gives us a unique chance to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of these China inspired paintings. It also offers a rare occasion which encourages us to revisit the millennium long cultural ties between our two peoples.
For many centuries, Chinese and Filipino artists have been learning from each other. The ancient maritime silk road brought Chinese art by way of silk products and porcelain. Chinese migrants to the Philippines mingled and blended Chinese art with local people's culture. Art has many forms. Today there are hundreds of small Filipino music bands in cities throughout China. They are so popular that they have become an integral part of Chinese urban life and a great attraction to local and foreign tourists in China.
A good painting requires a good command of colors. It often compels the painter to go beyond the limitations of black and white, and artistically blend or arrange different colors.
A good diplomacy requires a good command of arts. Different aspects and dimensions of diplomatic relations should be artistically blended of managed to make sure common grounds always prevail differences, and to make sure the totality of relations remain beautiful.
In this sense, this art exhibition is valuable not only because it brings refinement of feeling and character, but also because it preserves and promotes bilateral ties between the two peoples and the two countries in an artistic manner.
On this note, I would like to extend sincere thanks to the organizer of this thoughtful art exhibition and to the artists who contributed their excellent works to make the exhibition possible.