Ambassador Xiao Jianguo Attended the Commemorative Ceremony of Birth of Guan Di (Divus Guan) Held by ACCCTO
2019-07-31 15:48

On July 26th , 2019, at the invitation of Commercial Association of Timorese-Chinese Community (ACCCTO), H.E. Ambassador Dr. Xiao Jianguo attended the commemorative ceremony of the 1859th anniversary of birth of Guan Di (Divus Guan)at the Dili Guan Di Temple. More than 80 people attended the ceremony, including H.E. Mr. Merício Juvenal dos Reis “Akara”, State Secretary of Social Communication, Mr. Manuel Vong, Ex-Minister of Tourism, Mr. Xie Jinlong, Vice President of ACCCTO and other representatives of overseas Chinese.

Ambassador Xiao said that Guan Di is the embodiment of loyalty, righteousness, faith and courage, and is one of the symbolic figures of Chinese culture. During the past severar hundreds of years, Chinese ancestors have endured hardships settled down and set up businesses in Timor-Leste. Guan Di Temple, the Chinese School, and the Chinese Cemetery and other historical traces left by the Chinese culture in Timor-Leste have become one of the cultural heritages of Timor-Leste. At present, China and Timor-Leste are jointly building Belt and Road. It is hoped that the overseas Chinese will uphold the Chinese traditions, abide by laws and regulations, operate in good credit to constantly promote economic and trade exchanges between two countries and the friendship between two peoples, as well as to inherit and carry forward the Chinese culture including Chinese language education.

State Secretary Mr. Merício Juvenal dos Reis “Akara” thanked the Chinese government for its continuous assistance and support to Timor-Leste, spoke highly of the positive contribution of overseas Chinese to Timor-Leste’s and social development. He hoped that overseas Chinese could continue to live in harmony with people of all ethnic groups in Timor-Leste, and China and Timor-Leste could continue to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in various fields.

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