Ambassador Chen Xu attended the Cathay Tulip Planting Ceremony
On 16th October 2014, Ambassador Chen Xu attended the Cathay Tulip Planting Ceremony held in Park Keukenhof.
Ambassador Chen said that during the state visit by the Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Netherlands this March, Madam Peng Liyuan, wife of the President, named a new variety of tulip as "Cathay". This is an important part of the visit and fully reflects the strong will of China and the Netherlands to further push forward friendly cooperation.
Ambassador Chen pointed out that during the state visit, both leaders of China and the Netherlands witnessed the signing of a host of cooperation agreements, and pledged to establish an open and pragmatic partnership for comprehensive cooperation, bringing new impetus to and drawing a new blueprint for future bilateral cooperation.
“The Chinese name of Cathay is Guotai, which embodies our peoples’ hopes for a prosperous country and a blissful life. Today, we are not only planting the bulbs of Cathay tulip, but also planting the seeds for strengthening friendship and cooperation between the Netherlands and China. I am convinced that Cathay tulips will come into beautiful blossoms next spring, just like the seeds for friendship and cooperation will come to full fruition in the future.” said Ambassador Chen.
Mr. Walter Jansen, chairman of the board of Keukenhof, and general manager Mr. Bart Siemerink attended the ceremony and delivered remarks. They said that Cathay tulip is symbolic of the strong and sustainable cooperation between the Netherlands and China, and they are confident that bilateral cooperation will achieve even greater results in the future.
Ambassador Chen, Chairman Jansen and other guests planted the first batch of Cathay tulip bulbs in Park Keukenhof.
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