Speech by the Director General of the Romanian-Chinese House, Ecaterina Vanea at the Online Forum of China-Romania Economic and Trade Cooperation
October 20, 2021:
Dear Madam Ambassador, Dear Participants,
I would like to convey my sincerest congratulations to the representatives of the Chinese Government and of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China for the initiative to organize „Economic and Commercial Cooperation Forum between China and Romania”, given the difficult economic, social and medical context facing both our countries.
It is a great moment, especially on the 72nd anniversary of the establishment of friendly and diplomatic relations between China and Romania, celebrated on the 5th of October.
What has this long period of cultural, social and economic cooperation and development showed us? That no matter what situation we are in, that it is a pandemic, that it is an economic crisis, that it is a period of economic growth, Romania and China have always known how to support each other.
I would like to thank our Chinese friends and partners from the Embassy for all the help they gave us last year, for all the help they have given us this year in the pandemic, when they supported us with health protection materials. They prooved to be there when needed.
If refers to this Economic Forum, what has the pandemic show us? First, it has revealed to us that the bonds and connections between Romania and China at social, cultural, economic levels, are unbreakable and have increased during this period.
The common goal of Romania and China is to make our societies as inclusive and sustainable as possible at all the daily levels, from the economic to the social and cultural.
Now, more than ever, there is a period of action and this action should be done together in order to succeed both Romania and China, in overcoming this COVID crisis.
I belive that this pandemic should be the start up for the forth industrial revolution, where digital innovation and technology play a key role. We have also al lot in common, IT specialists and the permanent will to innovate and generate content that will help the social development of both our countries.
As a Chinese proverb says, „to have principles, first have courage”, and you, Chinese people have always proved to be trailblazers and pioneers in all the fields of activity. As for us, Romanian people, let me quote an important historicist, a great man of culture and politician, Nicolae Iorga ”Courage is the sight over one’s own being and over any danger of a purpose”. The Romanian people, like the Chinese, have shown that they have managed, every time, to overcome all the obstacles of history and to succeed.
In the end, I would like to reiterate my support for the Romanian-Chinese House, for all the actions of The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Romania and to tell you that you will always find in as a reliable friend and a partner of cooperation and dialogue. cooperare și dialog.
I would also like to point out that among your guests are important representatives from 9 counties where Casa Romano Chineza ( Romanian Chinese House) has branches: Iasi, Hunedoara, Vaslui, Timis, Suceava, Arad, Harghita, Tulcea and Alba. We greet them all!
I wish you a successful forum! Looking forward to see you soon!