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Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan Welcome Leaders and Their Spouses, Guests from BRICS and Countries Invited by Dialogue Between Emerging Market Economies and Developing Countries

On September 4, 2017, President Xi Jinping and his wife Mme. Peng Liyuan held a banquet at the Xiamen International Convention Center, welcoming leaders and their spouses, guests from BRICS and countries invited by the Dialogue between Emerging Market Economies and Developing Countries.

Xiamen embraces sea breeze and pleasant shade of emerald trees in early September. National flags are fluttering in the wind and flowers are blossoming eagerly to wait for the arrival of friends and distinguished guests coming from afar in front of the Xiamen International Convention Center, which is located along the coast of East China Sea.

At around 6:25 p.m., leaders and their spouses from BRICS and countries invited by the Dialogue between Emerging Market Economies and Developing Countries arrived on the scene one after another. Xi Jinping and Mme. Peng Liyuan shook hands with the guests one by one and exchanged greetings. Xi Jinping and Mme. Peng Liyuan posed for a group photo with leaders and their spouses in front of the colossal ink painting "World Cultural Heritage Gulangyu".

In the banquet hall were bright lights and houseful of guests of exalted ranks. In the cheerful music of welcoming guests, Xi Jinping and Mme. Peng Liyuan walked into the banquet hall together with distinguished guests.

Xi Jinping delivered a speech to warmly welcome the arrival of all the leaders and guests on behalf of the Chinese government and Chinese people. Xi Jinping pointed out that Xiamen is a modern and international metropolis, with prosperous economy, people living in peaceful and happy life and with close foreign exchanges. It is a window for China's opening up and a land of innovation and development. Today, leaders of BRICS invited for the Dialogue between BRICS countries, emerging market economies and developing countries gathered in Xiamen for joint discussion on cooperation, leaving the city of glamour with new stories.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the emerging market economies and developing countries own great, diligent and intelligent people, have a good vision of getting rid of poverty and backwardness and living a happy life, and possess the relentless pursuit for justice, fairness, peace and development. Although we are thousands miles apart, the common dream and pursuit will make us good friends and partners. For emerging market economies and developing countries, as long as we share the same aspiration, work in concerted efforts, help and defense for each other and walk hand in hand, a development miracle of "turning soil to gold" will be achieved, and our peoples will enjoy a good living with ample food and clothing.

Xi Jinping stressed that today, the BRICS Xiamen Summit successfully convened in Xiamen, yielding fruitful achievements. Tomorrow, we will also hold a Dialogue between emerging market economies and developing countries to discuss on the plans of international development and cooperation. It is hoped that the Xiamen Summit could open a new door for cooperation and development, usher in the second "Golden Decade" of BRICS cooperation, and open up a bright future for emerging markets economies and developing countries.

After the banquet, Xi Jinping and Mme. Peng Liyuan headed for the Banlam Grand Theater with distinguished guests to watch the art performance themed "Sailing to the Future".

The party kicked off among the young performers' dances. Between the blue sea and azure sky, they are fearless of the turbulent waves but sail toward a better future. Piano and string quartet co-interpreted and performed a song of "Great Sea, My Home" to express people's affection to their hometown and the enthusiastic love to the motherland. The dance "Huian Women's style" showed the scene filled with great fun and joy of harvest in the fishing village of Fujian Province and China's intangible cultural heritage-foot-pressing drum created the cheerful unique rhythms and vocals. "Birds Flying Back to Nests" of Nanyin (Chord of Quanzhou, a kind of ancient Chinese music), depicted the scene of birds flying and frolicking, which symbolizes auspiciousness, blessing, happiness and well-being. The dance showing the traditional wedding of the She ethnic minority was cheerful and warm. Under the moonlight, the children whispered to sing the nursery rhymes "Moon and Moonlight" of southern Fujian to lit the red lanterns of blessing. The aria "No One Sleeps Tonight" expressed people's longing and hope for happiness. The performance party ended in the beautiful melody of the song "Sailing to the Future", which can well demonstrate our wish: let us join our hands together in Xiamen to usher in a new "Golden Decade" of BRICS cooperation. The performance party is composed of five chapters, namely "Sea Wind", "Sea Sky", "Sea Rhyme", "Sea Tide" and "Sea Dream". The ingenious idea, dreamy light and shadow, and wonderful performance made it an audiovisual feast, and gained constant influxes of applause in the course.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended above activities.

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