Chinese president lauds opening of Swiss Culturescape Festival

08:20, September 17, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday sent a congratulatory message to the Swiss Culturescape Festival.

The president expressed hopes that the annual festival would help boost bilateral cultural communications and promote mutual understanding and friendship between China and Switzerland.

Switzerland was one of the first Western countries to establish foreign relations with China in 1950.

Over the past 60 years, ties between China and Switzerland have developed in an all-around way, with great achievements in economic and technological cooperation, more frequent people-to-people and cultural communication and a continuously deepening friendship, Hu said in his message.

The Chinese cherish their long-term friendship with the Swiss, Hu said, adding that China is willing to make joint efforts with Switzerland to deepen their cooperation in various fields and boost long-lasting peace and prosperity in the world.

As the largest cultural and communication activity since the two countries' established foreign relations, the 2010 Culturescape Festival features China as guest country of honor.

Being the guest country of honor, Hu said, will give China the opportunity to introduce to the Swiss traditional Chinese culture and colorful contemporary art in the forms of music, drama, architecture, dance, literature and film.

Hu said the festival, which opened in Basel, Switzerland, on Friday,would also provide an opportunity for the Chinese people to deepen their knowledge of Swiss culture.

The president said he hoped that the festival would make an active contribution to boosting bilateral cultural communication and promoting mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

Culturescape has become an important event on the Swiss cultural calendar since its debut with Georgia in 2003.

The annual event, which goes beyond political boundaries, reflects the variety and distinctiveness of heterogeneous cultural landscape and provides a panorama of art and cultural scenes.



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