New Council Member Speaks on Foreign Exchanges at the 2022 Annual Conference of the 3rd Council of Dongguan People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
Dear government officials,
Dear business fellows,
I’m truly honored to be speaking in front of all of you today as a representative of the new members of the Dongguan People Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
I’m also very appreciative of the Dongguan government for taking such an initiative and for opening its doors to international companies such as mine - Companies who, in the process of helping in showcasing Dongguan to the world, also get to share in the prosperity that China is increasingly becoming synonymous with.
On our side of things, my company specializes in international exchanges, whereby we organize sports training exchanges for students in Dongguan and abroad. We also bring in foreign experts, organize camps and also strive to build a multicultural environment - an environment that allows people from different countries to collaborate with each other, ensuring that they get to see diversity and differences as strengths rather than as weaknesses.
Last year, our company played a role in the sister city agreement between Dongguan City and Pancevo City, Serbia. This agreement was officially signed in September of 2021, and hailing from Serbia myself, one could only imagine the joy that I felt when an agreement was signed between a city where I’m born and a city from my adoptive home. This is also the same joy I felt when back in 2020, we helped Serbia, both via donations as well as via humanitarian support, to aid the country in tackling the effects of the Covid19 pandemic. In my view, actions such as these continue to show that the Dongguan people are full of goodwill and that they stand ready to help other countries when these countries are in need.
去年，我司参与促成东莞市与塞尔维亚潘切沃市签署友好交流合作备忘录。 这份协议于 2021 年 9 月正式签署，我来自塞尔维亚，我为我出生的城市与我发展的城市结好而感到无比的喜悦。同样的喜悦我在2020年时也感受到，当时我们通过捐赠和人道主义援助助力塞尔维亚共同抗击新冠肺炎疫情。在我看来，这样的行动体现了东莞人民的友善，体现了东莞人民与其他国家“守望相助”的情谊。
Accordingly, it is my wish that many more agreements between the two countries (and others) take place in the near future, our organization is busy lobbying for it and also working on projects intending to support the One Belt One Road Initiative.
Lastly, I’m not one to usually give advice. However, if I were to provide all of you present here today advice, it would be to continue working towards more people visiting China, as well as Chinese people visiting other countries. Experiences such as youth exchanges – whether they concern sports, language learning, or other matters, stay with the youths in question for the rest of their lives, and they are crucial if other countries are to continue understanding the Chinese way of life and vice-versa.
I myself am very familiar with China, and our beloved Dongguan and I can genuinely say that I’ve enjoyed some of my best experiences here in this country. My only wish now is to make sure that others from my home country and rest of the world also experience what China and Dongguan offers in this regard.
The Dongguan people have not only allowed me and my company to prosper – they have helped it do so. I’m sure that most of you present here today can say the same. As can be seen, by the support offered by the Dongguan government, collaborative projects with other countries have definitely been on the rise in recent years. Given this scenario, I believe that the time is ripe for China to continue showcasing its qualities to the world. And people-to-people diplomacy is definitely the way to go in this regard.
As individuals who have had a taste of what Dongguan has to offer, let’s let the world know how wonderful Dongguan and China are, shall we?