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Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan Attended the Asian Culture Carnival of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations
2019-05-15
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attend the Asian culture carnival, a major event of the ongoing Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, together with foreign guests at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, on May 15, 2019. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attend the Asian culture carnival, a major event of the ongoing Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, together with foreign guests at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, on May 15, 2019. Xi Jinping delivered a speech. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attend the Asian culture carnival, a major event of the ongoing Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, together with foreign guests at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, on May 15, 2019. (Xinhua/ Li Xueren)
 
BEIJING, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attended the Asian Cultural Carnival of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations with foreign leaders and their spouses at the Beijing National Stadium on the evening of the 15th.
 
Wang Huning also attended the event.
 
Beijing’s weather was very good in the early summer.  At night, the National Stadium, or the Bird's Nest, was brightly lit and brimming with youth.
 
At 19: 59, Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan joined foreign leaders and spouses, including Norodom Sihamoni, king of Cambodia, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, President of Greece, Halimah Yacob, President of Singapore, Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia and other foreign on the rostrum in the magnificent music of Community of Destiny.
 
The light lattice showed countdown figures in the air, and the audience shouted in unison: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1! A cultural feast with the theme of "Youth carnival, fulfilling the Asian Dream" kicked off.
 
In warm applause, on behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people, Xi Jinping delivered a speech, warmly welcoming guests and artists from all over the world.  Xi Jinping pointed out that all Asian countries had ancient and splendid cultures, which were unique and coexist harmoniously.  The diversity of Asian civilization endowed Asian culture with richer colors and more lasting vitality.  Tonight, art would transcend nations, penetrate hearts and communicate ideas, and show the world a glorious, vibrant and peaceful Asia.
 
Xi Jinping said that for Chinese civilization, amity and good neighborliness is the principle guiding our interactions with other countries. The Chinese people sincerely hoped that Asian countries would help each other in the same boat, move forward in the pace of world progress and develop in the trend of world development, so that we would create an even better tomorrow for civilizations in Asia and beyond!
 
He announced: “Asian Cultural carnival officially begins!”
 
Magnificent music resounded through the night sky, and the giant logo of the CDAC appeared on the big screen. A peony symbolizing for the dialogues among Asian civilizations bloomed.
 
The performance shocked the opening in the symphonic interactive chorus Our Asia.  Young singers and the United Orchestra from many countries sang the theme song together.  On the stage, young people from all over Asia held high their national flags and came to the stage surrounded by young children, gathering into a sea of flags. Under the stage, representatives of various countries passed by in floats.  The dance Passion of Fire combined the unique national dances of 9 countries.  The song The Boundary between Wind and Flowers sang the happy gathering friendship with a loud and melodious song. Artists from many Asian countries had brought wonderful performances. The chorus Glory to Asia sang the common aspiration of Asian people to share a happy dream and pushed the performance to a climax.  The performance ended with prolonged applause and music.
 
Tonight's Bird's Nest was full of passion, and tonight's Beijing surprised the world!
 
Ding Xuexiang, Sun Chunlan, Yang Jiechi, Cai Qi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the conference. Huang Kunming presided over the activity.
 
The Asian Cultural Carnival is one of the important activities of the CDAC. About 30,000 spectators enjoyed the cultural feast on the spot.