The 2nd Sino-French Cultural Forum “La Journée de Xi’an” Opens in Lyon, France-Chen Zhu and Zhao Jinjun attended the opening ceremony, Shangguan Jiqing made a keynote speech, and Copenezi Ann addressed the audience

The second Sino-French Cultural Forum “la journée de Xi’an” opened in the city hall of Lyon, France in the morning of the local time on Sep. 27. Chen Zhu, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and president of Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA), and Zhao Jinjun, vice-chairman of the Sino-French Cultural Forum and the former Chinese ambassador to France attended the opening ceremony, Shangguan Jiqing, mayor of Xi’an, made a keynote speech, and George Copenezi Ann, mayor of Lyon, addressed the guests.
In his keynote speech, Shangguan first thanked all the people who had unselfishly devoted to the cultural forum and made it an event that gathered and shared the cultures of China and France. He said, “Culture is the blood vessel of all nations through which the civilization circulates.” Chinese and French people had been friendly to each other and the integration of the two cultures had exerted positive influence to the development of each nation. The establishment of the Sino French University and the successful holding of activities such as the Sino-French Cultural Forum contributed much to the close relationship. The Silk Road linked the two ancient cities as its two ends in the east and the west. Mayor Shangguan added that, as the next Sino-French Cultural Forum would be held in Xi’an, he would like to extend the warmest welcome to the French friends.
Copenezi Ann said in response that the legendary Silk Road, linking the two cities of Lyon and Xi’an, promoted the communications and cooperation between the two cities as well as among countries and regions along it. He believed that there would be more splendors to expect in the coming Sino-French Cultural Forum.
The guests present also appreciated dances, performances of guqin and pipa, and displays of paper-cutting, facial masks and other intangible cultural heritages.

[Source:Xi’an Evening News]