Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan Host a Welcoming Banquet for International Distinguished Guests Attending the Opening Ceremony of the Chengdu FISU World University Games

Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan Host a Welcoming Banquet for International Distinguished Guests Attending the Opening Ceremony of the Chengdu FISU World University Games
Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan Host a Welcoming Banquet for International Distinguished Guests Attending the Opening Ceremony of the Chengdu FISU World University Games

At noon on July 28, 2023, President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan hosted a banquet at Jinniu Hotel in Chengdu City of Sichuan Province to welcome the international distinguished guests attending the opening ceremony of the Chengdu FISU World University Games.

They are Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his wife Ibu Iriana Jokowi, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ghazouani, President of Burundi Evariste Ndayishimiye, President of Guyana Mohamed Irfaan Ali, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, and FISU Acting President Leonz Eder.

Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan shook hands with the distinguished guests, exchanged greetings and posed for a group photo.

Fifty children and teenagers dressed in local ethnic minority costumes sang the Sichuan folk song “The Sun Is Out and Beaming with Joy” to warmly welcome distinguished guests from all over the world.

The banquet hall was decorated with lush greenery. The miniature models at the center of the banquet table displayed the picturesque scenery of Sichuan and the lively and adorable Rongbao, the mascot for the Chengdu FISU World University Games, creating a brilliant atmosphere.

Xi Jinping made a toast, and on behalf of the Chinese government and people, extended a warm welcome to the international distinguished guests who came to China for the opening ceremony of the Chengdu FISU World University Games.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the Chengdu FISU World University Games will officially open tonight. China has committed itself to organizing a streamlined, safe and splendid Games. In spite of COVID-19 and other adverse factors, China has acted vigorously to fulfill its solemn pledge for a successful Chengdu FISU World University Games and to make new contributions to the cause of international youth sports.

Xi Jinping stressed that since its inception, the World University Games has always been a celebration of youth, solidarity and friendship. He said we should bring together young people from around the world to promote world peace and development with the power of youth, make the Chengdu FISU World University Games a grand sports event that will present the charms of China, the vibe of the times and the beauty of youth, and facilitate mutual understanding among young people from around the world, so as to provide new impetus for the progress of mankind. He said we should carry forward the spirit of the World University Games to stand up to global challenges in solidarity, build up positive energy across the international community, and shape a better future through cooperation. He said we should deepen exchanges and mutual learning to promote harmony without uniformity in the spirit of inclusiveness, see different cultures with an attitude of mutual appreciation and mutual learning, champion the common values of humanity and write a new chapter in building a community with a shared future for mankind.

Xi Jinping noted that Chengdu is a famous historical and cultural city and also one of the most dynamic and happiest cities in China. He encouraged the guests to tour the city, to experience and share firsthand the multifaceted manifestations of the Chinese path to modernization.

Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang, Wang Yi, Li Ganjie, Wang Xiaohong, and Shen Yiqin, among others, attended the event.

Ahead of the welcoming banquet, the distinguished guests enjoyed an exhibition on the Sichuan intangible cultural heritage.

BY APP