Speech: For The Team of Pilgrimage Journey of Xuanzang from CCTV
07-24-2018    www.chinaembassy.org.in
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" align=center><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=5>Speech at the Welcome Reception for the Team of Pilgrimage Journey of Xuanzang from CCTV</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" align=center><SPAN lang=EN-US>H.E. Mr. Sun Yuxi, Chinese Ambassador to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">India</st1:country-region></st1:place></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Good Evening,</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Ladies and Gentlemen,</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>I am most delighted to attend today's function sponsored by FICCI, Sinosteel and Chamber of Chinese Enterprises in India (CCEI).</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to their efforts to promote Sino-Indian relations, and my special warm welcome to the team of Pilgrimage Journey of Xuanzang from CCTV.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>In <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region>, all people including every child know the stories of Xuanzang's journey to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">India</st1:country-region></st1:place>.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Over the past 1300 years, they have been told, performed, written and re-written generations after generations.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"<I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Journey to the West</I>" by Wu Chengen, a novelist in Ming Dynasty brought to the climax of the Xuan Zang legend.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>In <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">India</st1:country-region></st1:place>, people remember Xuanzang for his "<I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Records of the West Regions during the Great Tang Dynasty</I>".</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>These two books have not only immortalized Xuanzang's pilgrimage to <st1:country-region w:st="on">India</st1:country-region>, but also immortalized the image of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">India</st1:place></st1:country-region> as the western heaven.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Today, when we, equipped with modern transportation vehicles and communication technology, follow the footprints of Xuanzang and come to the heavenly land again, we could imagine how formidable the journey was more than one thousand and three hundred years ago.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>In human history, there were three sorts of people, who had the courage to adventure long journeys.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The first category was warriors, kings or emperors like Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>They were motivated by expanding territory and conquering other states.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Their Empire ended up ruling, or conquering large parts of <st1:place w:st="on">Eurasia</st1:place>, radically changed the demography and geopolitics of these areas.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The second was businessmen.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Driven by profits, they looked for larger markets and opened new trade routes. That was how the <st1:place w:st="on">Silk Road</st1:place> came into being.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Extending over thousands of kms, it was significant not only for spreading the great civilizations of <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region>, ancient <st1:country-region w:st="on">Egypt</st1:country-region>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Persia</st1:country-region>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">India</st1:country-region> and <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Rome</st1:place></st1:City>, but also helped to lay the foundations of the modern world.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The last but the most admirable travelers were scholars. They include religionist, artist, writers, philosopher and etc.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>They were taking incredible journeys and exploited the unknown land in pursuit of religion, art and truth. Xuanzang was one of the best examples.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Surmounting countless hardships and hidden dangers, covering vast inhospitable land, Xuanzang ultimately reached his destination.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>This was a route spanning 17 years and 25,000 kms, a route characterized by faith, perseverance and wisdom, a route reflecting the openness of a man and a nation, and a route witnessing the Xuanzang spirit and leaving valuable legacy for the world.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Owing to these reasons, Xuanzang has been remembered as a man of many parts: a Buddhist Monk, a traveler, a philosopher, a translator, as well as an outstanding messenger and promoter of culture exchanges among the nations of <st1:place w:st="on">Asia</st1:place>.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>During his journey, he introduced <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">India</st1:country-region></st1:place> and other Asian countries.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>With his efforts, <st1:country-region w:st="on">India</st1:country-region> sent the official envoys to <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> in <st1:chmetcnv w:st="on" TCSC="0" NumberType="1" Negative="False" HasSpace="True" SourceValue="642" UnitName="a">642 A</st1:chmetcnv>.D., starting the diplomatic relations between <st1:country-region w:st="on">India</st1:country-region> and <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region>. So in my eyes, I see him as a great diplomat.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>He could be regarded as my early predecessor, the first Chinese Ambassador to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">India</st1:place></st1:country-region> who performed diplomacy at that time.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His footprints closely linked the two most populous nations in the world. His life and work are the best evidence of what China-Indian friendship stands for.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Today, when we get together to celebrate India-China Friendship year, to review Xuanzang spirit on this special occasion, I would like to compare Xuanzang to a torchbearer.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Underpinned by our centuries-old friendship, driven by extensive common interests, supported by millions of friends like you, I believe we would carry the same torch to shine upon our path ahead.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Let us join, hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder, and continue the historical journey towards a much better future!</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Thank you!</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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