Xi Jinping Attends the Opening Ceremony of the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing and Delivers an Important Speech

On April 28, 2019, President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing (Beijing Expo) in Yanqing District of Beijing, and delivered an important speech titled "Working Together for a Green and Better Future for All", stressing that the way forward should be green development that focuses on harmony with nature and eco-friendly progress. The Earth is the only home for all mankind. China is ready to work with all countries around the globe to build a beautiful earth and a community with a shared future for mankind.

Beijing in late April was in a blossoming season, with beautiful sceneries everywhere. At the foot of the magnificent Great Wall and by the Guishui River, the Guirui Theatre, the main venue for the opening ceremony of the expo, looks like a colorful and dancing butterfly.

At about 8:00 p.m., Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan stepped into the venue together with President Milos Zeman of the Czech Republic, President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov of Kyrgyzstan, President Bidya Devi Bhandari of Nepal, President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Special Envoy of Prime Minister Toshihiro Nikai of Japan and other foreign leaders and their spouses who have just attended the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

The national flag of the People's Republic of China was raised, with the national anthem being performed and sung at the venue. The flags of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and the Beijing Expo were also raised along with their anthems.

Amid enthusiastic applause, Xi Jinping delivered an important speech. On behalf of the Chinese government and people, Xi Jinping extended a warm welcome to all the distinguished guests coming from afar. Xi Jinping pointed out that this beautiful land of China, home to the Chinese nation and its splendid 5,000-year civilization, has nurtured the lofty idea of harmony between man and nature. Ecological conservation has become part of China's overall plan for national development. Building a beautiful China is an inspiring goal for the Chinese people. As China steps up its conservation efforts, the world will see a China with more blue skies, lush mountains and lucid waters.

Xi Jinping stressed that the history of civilizations shows that the rise or fall of a civilization is closely tied to its relationship with nature. Development without thought to the future is not sustainable. The way forward should be green development that focuses on harmony with nature and eco-friendly progress. We must protect this planet like our own eyes, and cherish nature the way we cherish life. We must preserve what gives our planet life and embrace green development.

First, we need to advocate harmony between man and nature. Nature will punish those who exploit and plunder it brutally, and reward those who use and protect it carefully. We must maintain the overall balance of the Earth's eco-system, so that our children and children's children will not only have material wealth but also enjoy starry skies, green mountains and sweet flowers.

Second, we need to pursue prosperity through green development. Green mountains and lucid waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and that environmental improvement means greater productivity. A sound environment promises great economic potential, generates good returns, and contributes to economic and social sustainability.

Third, we need to follow a philosophy that cares for nature. We need to promote a simpler, greener and low-carbon lifestyle, and foster a culture of living green and living healthy. We need to raise people's awareness, develop a conservation system in which everyone plays a part, and mainstream ecological conservation into every aspect of social life. We need to advocate the value of green development that reveres and cares for nature so that blue skies, green fields and clear waters will be a vision cherished by all.

Fourth, we need to adopt a scientific approach to ecological conservation. To create an eco-system where all elements coexist in harmony, we need to follow the laws of nature, base our efforts on scientific planning, adopt a holistic approach to conservation, and factor in local conditions. Ecological conservation may be a long and arduous effort. We must press ahead with a sense of urgency and perseverance to achieve our goals.

Fifth, we need to join hands to meet common challenges. In the face of environmental challenges, all countries are in a community with destinies linked, and no country can stay immune. Only together can we effectively address climate change, marine pollution, biological conservation and other global environmental issues and achieve the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Only concerted efforts can drive home the idea of green development and bring about steady progress in the ecological conservation of the globe.

Xi Jinping stressed that many of you attended the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which drew to a successful conclusion yesterday. It was agreed at the forum that we will pursue open and green development in Belt and Road cooperation. China is ready to work with all other countries to build a better homeland and a community with a shared future for mankind. Our efforts to conserve the eco-system will benefit not only this generation, but many more to come. Let us act now, start with ourselves, and make sure that the baton of conservation will be passed on.

Xi Jinping announced the opening of the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing.

There were loud applause and cheers in the theater. On the stage, volunteers waved the flags of participating countries and organizations, presenting a colorful stage.

At the opening ceremony, BIE Secretary General Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales and AIPH President Bernard Oosterom delivered speeches respectively. They highly commended China as a model of green development and spoke highly of the importance the Chinese government attaches to ecological conservation and the building of a beautiful China. They thanked the Chinese government for hosting the largest expo ever and expressed their belief that the Beijing Expo will greatly promote the concept of sustainable development and leave a rich green legacy for future generations.

Afterwards, Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan watched a gala performance themed "Beautiful Home" with guests of various countries.

The evening party began with a children's chorus Beautiful Sound from Hearts. Children's beautiful singing and affectionate recitation invite everyone to join hands in spreading love and hope. The piano performance and ballet performance presents an idyllic scene of spring, summer, autumn and winter. With the Chinese national musical instrument performance, Oriental Charm presents an elegant and beautiful moonlight. The Land of the Painted Wings, a combination of Tango, tap-tap, African drum dance as well as Chinese fan dance, brings happiness to people around the globe. The song Deep Feeling of the Moon Shadow shows the audience a beautiful and picturesque scene. The Chinese classic dance Rainbow Bridge of Butterflies depicts a colorful nature with dancing butterflies. Models from all over the world wore clothes with respective national famous flowers of the participating countries to express the friendship with these flowers. The theme song Beautiful Home sings the praise to the homeland, the love to the nature, the hope to the future, the promise to green development. The wonderful performance won applause from the audience and the gala ended with a brilliant display of fireworks.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Huang Kunming, Cai Qi, Wang Yi, Zhao Kezhi and others attended the above activities.

Hu Chunhua presided over the opening ceremony.

The International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing, themed "Live Green, Live Better," is held in Yanqing District of Beijing from April 29 to October 7, 2019. A total of 110 countries and international organizations will attend the event.

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