Xi jinping and Peng Liyuan hosted a banquet to welcome international dignitaries attending the opening ceremony of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games

2022-06-26 0 By

Beijing, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan held a banquet at the Golden Hall of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday to welcome international guests attending the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.On the fifth day of the first lunar month in The Chinese lunar calendar, the Great Hall of the People is decorated with lanterns and decorations. “Ice Dun Dun” and “Snow Rong-rong” are smiling together.Around 11:30 a.m., international guests arrived at the square outside the East gate of the Great Hall of the People and climbed up the stairs.The soldiers lined up to pay their respects.International guests walk through the intangible cultural heritage corridor, stopping to admire.A quintessential Chinese “temple fair” embodies the warm welcome and deep friendship of the Chinese people to guests from all over the world.Xi and Peng waved enthusiastically to the international guests and posed for photos together.Xi jinping and Peng Liyuan walked into the golden hall with distinguished guests during the welcoming song of peace — A Community with a Shared Future.National flags flanked the red carpet.The golden hall is decorated with flowers and colorful streamers.The flower beds for the Beijing Winter Olympics are exquisitely decorated, with “snow flying”, “snow dragon” and “snow ruyi” scattered across the snow-covered jungle and vast green plain, presenting a beautiful picture of China.The Beijing Winter Olympic Games emblem in the center of the flower bed shows the future of all countries together.The party begins.Xi Jinping delivered a speech.On behalf of the Chinese government and people, Xi first extended a warm welcome to all the distinguished guests attending the Beijing Winter Olympic Games and expressed heartfelt thanks to all the governments, peoples and international organizations that care for and support the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.Last night, the Beijing Winter Olympics officially opened at the National Stadium, Xi said.The Olympic flame was lit in Beijing for the first time in 14 years, making Beijing the first Olympic city in the world.Guided by the principles of green, shared, open and clean Hosting, China has made every effort to overcome the impact of COVID-19, honored its solemn commitment to the international community and ensured the smooth holding of the Beijing Winter Olympics as scheduled.By preparing for and promoting the Winter Olympic Games, China has introduced ice and snow sports into people’s homes, achieved the goal of attracting 300 million people to participate in ice and snow sports, and made new contributions to the global Olympic cause.Xi stressed that the Olympic Movement carries mankind’s beautiful pursuit of peace, unity and progress.We should bear in mind the original aspiration of the Olympic Movement, jointly safeguard world peace, respect each other and treat each other as equals, and jointly build a world of lasting peace.We should carry forward the Olympic spirit, unite to meet the common challenges of the international community, practice true multilateralism and jointly build a big international family of harmony and cooperation.We should live up to the Olympic goals, continue to advance the cause of human progress, uphold the common values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom of all mankind, promote exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations, and jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind.Xi noted that China has just ushered in the Year of the Tiger.Tiger symbolizes strength, courage and fearlessness. I wish the Olympic athletes full of strength and great achievements like tiger.I am confident that with our joint efforts, the Beijing Winter Olympics will go down in history.International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and United Nations Secretary-general Antonio Guterres delivered speeches respectively.On behalf of distinguished international guests, they sincerely thanked President Xi jinping for his warm hospitality and congratulated him on the complete success of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.’We will never forget the extraordinary, wonderful and magical opening ceremony last night in Beijing,’ they said.The Chinese people are known for their efficiency, determination and dynamism, as has been demonstrated by the fight against COVID-19 and the hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics.China’s goal of allowing 300 million people to participate in ice and snow sports ahead of schedule will forever change the world ice and snow sports landscape, benefiting Both China and the world.Respect for rules, respect for each other, and unite the world through peaceful and healthy competition is the mission of the Olympic Movement and should be the goal of all countries in the world.The world today faces many challenges that call for greater solidarity and cooperation.We hope that the international community will take the Beijing Winter Olympics as an opportunity to transcend differences, move forward together and build a better tomorrow.The banquet proceeded in a joyous and peaceful atmosphere.At the end, Xi and Peng waved goodbye to the music of “Together for the Future” with the international guests.Wang Huning, Han Zheng, Ding Xuexiang, Sun Chunlan, Yang Jiechi, CAI Qi, Wang Yi and other officials attended the event.