Ambassador Ma Keqing's Remarks at "China Experience" Reception

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen:

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all tonight to the "China Experience" Reception, especially to the Filipino participants of the "Human Resource Development Programs" sponsored by the Chinese government. This is an occasion for us to share your experiences as participants in the HRD programs in China.

Through tonight's reunion, we also aim to bring the alumni together to renew the friendship or to get to know each other.

For more than ten years, the Chinese government has sponsored about 1,300 Filipino local officials, social workers, technicians, and engineers to participate in the HRD programs in China. Our Embassy has received plenty of positive feedbacks both from the Chinese organizers and the Filipino participants.

We have learned that Chinese teachers, instructors, and trainers are very much impressed and delighted with the participants' enthusiasm, diligence and ability to adapt well in a multicultural environment, and doing so in a warm and friendly manner. Your input has encouraged the program organizers to strive harder and helped them to further improve the programs.

On the other hand, I have got letters or articles from Filipino participants, who told me about their attachment to and the tangible results from the HRD programs. I quote here one of them. A Filipino, who studied in Chinese universities as part of the HRD programs, wrote to me a few days ago. He said, after some years studying in China, I have treated China as my second home, and Chinese people as my big family. He has benefited a lot from the program with updated knowledge and advanced abilities.

I believe the HRD program have facilitated the mutual support and assistances and made the participants ambassadors of good-will between our two peoples. Our Embassy strongly encourages more people from the Philippines to participate in HRD programs in China.

In the last two years, the Chinese Embassy has made it possible for more than 300 Filipino participants to revisit China, and I can assure you that we will continue to offer such opportunities to more Filipinos.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

China and the Philippines are close neighbours across sea. China and the Philippines share many things in common, even with natural calamities. While the Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated the central Philippines, it also hit 3 provinces in China. We have a saying in Chinese"患难见真情", which is the Chinese equivalent of "A friend in need is a friend indeed."

After the devastation caused by Yolanda, China came to help, which will be shown in the slides presented by my colleagues. Besides the relief supplies, medical rescue teams, and cash donations, China has also sent the Peace Ark, a floating hospital, to the typhoon-hit regions and is one of the best vessels that joined the disaster relief task.

This is a brand new example, which showcases the centuries long strong bond, forged between our peoples. While we are facing difficulties and problems in our relations, we should answer to appeal from the people for continued affinity between our two countries by properly handling the differences.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I believe as good-will ambassadors, you can do your part in promoting mutual understanding and mutual trust between our two countries.

Thank you all for attending the reception and wish you a wonderful tonight.

"Maraming Salamat po".

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