Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Jiang Jiang at the Kite Festival
2018/05/12

Your Excellency President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca,

Dear young friends,

I am delighted to come to the beautiful Verdala Palace and join you at the Kite Festival.

The youthful faces, your radiant smiles, and the lovely kites of diverse forms in front of us bring back my childhood memories -- fond and happy memories of course.

Kites were invented in China some 2,000 years ago. Kite flying is a popular pastime and entertainment for the Chinese.

In the ancient past, kites were also used for purposes other than pastime, such as signaling, distance measuring, wind direction monitoring, to name just a few.

History has it that in the 13th century Italian traveler and explorer Marco Polo returned to Europa from China with a Chinese kite. It was from then on that kites were made known to Europeans, who began to love, develop and use their own kites not only for fun but also for scientific experiments. More interestingly, kites inspired the invention of airplanes.

The Science and Civilization in China, a series of books by the British scientist and historian Joseph Needham, lists the kite as one of the significant Chinese inventions introduced to Europe. I think one may say that the kite has served as an envoy for cultural exchanges between China and the West.

We have with us today Mr. Guo Hongli, a Chinese kite-making master. As you may be aware, the art of kite-making has been recognized as China’s national intangible cultural heritage. Mr. Guo is a representative successor of this heritage.

On behalf of the Chinese Embassy, I would to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Guo, who has traveled a long way from China for this event.

I would like to express my deep gratitude to President Preca for her personal support for cultural exchanges between our two countries and for children’s health and welfare.

My sincere thanks also go to the President’s Foundation and the China Cultural Center that have jointly sponsored today’s event.

I hope and believe that our young friends will have an enjoyable and fruitful morning at the Verdala Palace.

May the dreams of our student friends fly high like kites.

May China-Malta friendship fly high on the wings of our joint aspirations.

Thank you.

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