BEIJING, Jan 20 (APP)::A New Year reception for diplomatic envoys to China from Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries was held in Beijing.
This event was jointly organized by the CICG Center for Europe and Asia and the China Book Center, in collaboration with China International Book Trading Corporation.
Attendees of the reception included Du Zhanyuan, president of China International Communications Group (CICG), Grigory Logvinov, deputy secretary-general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and Zhou Li, former deputy director of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
Many diplomatic envoys from SCO countries, including Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Iran, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and experts from the SCO Secretariat attended the reception.
Attendees also included Chinese and foreign representatives of political, diplomatic, media and think-tank circles.
Speaking on the occasion, CICG President Du Zhanyuan offered greetings to guests attending the reception and said that 2021 marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the SCO, and over the past two decades, the SCO has developed into a comprehensive regional cooperation organization that covers the largest area and population in the world.
He said that in 2021, thanks to strong support from the SCO Secretariat and the embassies of SCO countries in China, CICG successfully held many events, including various promotion activities for President Xi Jinping’s works in the languages of SCO countries.
In 2022, CICG will strengthen international communication with SCO countries. Besides, it will continue to organize a series of activities including the SCO Media and Think Tank Forum and the Chinese Calligraphy Competition while reporting on friendly exchange between China and other SCO countries to promote mutual understanding and friendship among SCO members.
In his speech, Grigory Logvinov, deputy secretary-general of the SCO, said that the SCO Secretariat spoke highly of the efforts made by the CICG in promoting mutual understanding, mutual respect, mutual trust and friendship among the SCO members.
Zhou Li, former deputy director of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee said that the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are about to open.
He thanked the SCO family for their strong support to the Games and the Beijing Winter Olympic will surely deepen the friendship between peoples and countries, boost mankind’s confidence in overcoming difficulties, and make the Olympic spirit of solidarity and unity shine more brightly.
At the reception, the guests enjoyed performance of the Chinese folk music works Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon and Jasmine Flower.
They also visited a CICG book exhibition, experienced traditional Chinese tea art, and learned to write the Chinese character Fu (meaning happiness) with an ink brush to intimately soak up traditional Chinese Spring Festival customs.