|China Envoy Hosts New Year Fest|
MEMBERS of the Chinese community in
The actual date of the Chinese New Year's Eve is January 25 this year, but the embassy celebrates early to allow the community to celebrate in private on the actual evening.
Families and friends came together to share in the celebration where Xiaoyong spoke on the achievements of 2008 and hopes for the coming year.
Speaking to Gulf Times, Xiaoyong said that the past year had been one of "many challenges, but huge achievements."
"We suffered from storms at the beginning of the year, and then the tragic earthquake in Sichuan province, which is still being reconstructed right now," he said, adding "but we also hosted the wonderful Beijing Olympics and completed other achievements.""Although the international community were very supportive, some raised doubts about the Games, but we proved that we could match any country in the world in terms of hosting the Olympics," he said.
He also described the achievements of
"Last year was the 20th anniversary of Sino-Qatari relations, and we hope that we will see more bilateral relations, high-level visits and cultural and educational exchanges taking place in the next year," he added.
Xiaoyong was keen to point out the support that the Qatari government has given the Chinese community at all times, and their continued commitment to improving relations between the two countries.
He also took the opportunity to wish all the people in
Source: Gulf Times, by Peter Townson