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Remarks by Ambassador Deng Ying at the Foundation Laying Ceremony for the Panda House in Copenhagen Zoo

(November 16th 2017, Copenhagen Zoo)

Your Excellency Prime Minister Rasmussen,

Chairman of the Zoo Board Mr. Jørgen A. Horwitz,

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends,

I’m very pleased to attend the foundation laying ceremony for the Panda House in Copenhagen Zoo today. First of all, I would like to extend my warm congratulations. This moment, which has been expected by our two peoples, marks a great step towards collaborative protection and research of giant pandas. I’d like to specially thank Your Excellency Prime Minister for your valuable contribution and thank the Danish government, Copenhagen Zoo, 16 sponsor enterprise and funds, the architect and all those who pooled their efforts for this moment.

During her state visit to China in 2014, Her Majesty the Queen Margrethe II and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached important consensus on the collaboration in the protection and research of giant pandas, which has become one of the highlights of our bilateral ties. In May, Your Excellency Prime Minister visited the two pandas that would be coming to Denmark. This significant event drew close attention from peoples of the two nations. As China and Denmark usher in the 10th anniversary of China-Denmark Comprehensive Strategic Partnership next year, the smooth progress in collaboration in protection and research of giant pandas will be of great significance to deepening China-Denmark relations.

As an old Chinese saying goes, "Amity between people holds the key to sound relations between states". The giant pandas are not only China's national treasure, but also envoys of friendship and symbol of peace. As Chinese Ambassador, I am very glad that I would have two assistants with whom I can work jointly to push forward the bilateral relations. I hope the two pandas, as envoys of friendship between our two peoples will soon move into their new home in Denmark.

Wish all goes well with the construction of the Panda House! Wish the friendship between our two peoples constantly bears new fruits!

Thank you!

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