Remarks By Consul General Xu Erwen on the Unveiling Ceremony of The Confucius Classroom At New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine (May 17th. 2017, New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine)

Dear Melissa Lee, MP,

Directors of Confucius Institute Ms. Nora Yao and Mr. Zhou Bing,

Chairman John Sinclair, President Xu Zhifeng, Professor Feng Li,

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good Afternoon!

I am very delighted to be here today together with my colleagues to attend the official opening of the Confucius classroom at New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine. First of all, please allow me to express my warmest congratulations to this great event and to the achievement made by New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine. At this special occasion, I also want to express my appreciation to the doctors of New Zealand college of Chinese medicine for their kind support and assistance to my consulate.

Chinese medicine is a treasure of Chinese outstanding culture, which is full of wisdom and Chinese ancient philosophy. As a prominent representative of medicine, Chinese medicine has made great contribution not only to the health of humankind but also to the exchanges and friendship between Chinese people and the people of the whole world. Chinese traditional acupuncture officially listed on the human intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, has become the common wealth of the whole world.

Over the past years, New Zealand Chinese medicine industry has been an important contributor to the promotion of Chinese medicine and medical exchanges between our two countries. With the great support of New Zealand government and the public, ACC legislation was adopted in 1990 to recognize traditional Chinese acupuncture. Up to now, a lot of progress has been made in the legislation of traditional Chinese medicine in NZ. Here I want to take this opportunity to thank all the traditional Chinese medicine doctors, New Zealand government and the public for all their support and efforts in this process.

New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine is a higher education institute which is authorized by NZQA to grant a bachelor's degree in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. In November 2016, this College successfully hosted the 13th world congress of Chinese medicine in Auckland. New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine enjoys good reputation in its teaching and scientific research. It is our sincere hope that the Confucius classroom opened today will not only teach the kiwi friends Chinese language, and make the local community understand better the traditional Chinese medicine, and promote traditional Chinese medicine knowledge and culture, but also strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

“National relationship is based on the affection of peoples.” Thanks to the joint efforts of both countries and peoples, China and New Zealand relations have been in a very good momentum of development. Particularly since President Xi Jinping’s state visit to NZ in 2014, the relationship was upgraded to comprehensive strategic partnership. During Premier Li Keqiang’s successful visit to New Zealand not long ago, leaders of our two countries reached many agreements and added a number of “first” in developing history of our bilateral relationship, such as on starting upgrade China-New Zealand FTA negotiations, establishing a cultural center in Auckland and ‘One Belt One Road’ cooperation.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing two days ago which attracted world-wide attention and achieved 276 tangible results covering almost all areas. The belt and road initiative is featured by connectivity, including policy, infrastructure and people to people’s. Chinese medicine as an important part of Chinese outstanding culture surely serves as a very good bridge to connect both countries and peoples. The Confucius classroom opened today is the 12th Confucius classroom established in our consulate district, but it is the very first one in Chinese medicine institute. You are making history again, and created another first in our bilateral cooperation. I appreciate your pioneering spirit. Thank you for your contribution and wish Confucius classroom at New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine great success.