|Showering Great Love on and Bringing Warmth to Rural Children|
On January 17, 2023, the opening ceremony of the "Love Knows No Borders - Showered with Love" international charity sale was held in Beijing via video link. Foreign Minister Qin Gang and the special guest Mme. Qian Wei, wife of Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor Wang Yi, joined the event with representatives from over 120 foreign embassies and offices of international organizations in China as well as some charitable enterprises and others.
Qin Gang, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, extended his sincere appreciation to Chinese and foreign friends, especially diplomatic envoys of foreign countries to China, who have long supported, participated in and cared about the "Love Knows No Borders" event, and a heartfelt gratitude to State Councilor Wang Yi and Mme. Qian Wei for the tremendous work they had done for the event. Qin Gang said the poverty alleviation work of the Foreign Ministry has witnessed that assistance projects have been implemented and delivered concrete results; the "Love Knows No Borders" event has stayed committed to its original aspiration, and contributed to the success of poverty alleviation and the start of rural revitalization; many children have their dreams come true, and many families have been given a new sense of hope. The "Love Knows No Borders" event is designed to spread love and usher in a better future, and more importantly, it aims to pass on and carry forward the spirit of great love featuring solidarity and mutual assistance.
Qin Gang said, the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) laid out the central task of the CPC on the new journey in the new era. We will advance the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization. The Chinese path to modernization is the modernization of common prosperity for all. For the CPC, the word "people" is of paramount importance. China remains committed to the people-centered philosophy of development, ensures and improves the people's well-being in the course of pursuing development, and strives to realize the people's aspiration for a better life. Poverty eradication is only the first step, and better days are yet to come. We will guide and support willing and capable enterprises, social organizations and individuals to take an active part in the public interest and charitable endeavors. The Foreign Ministry will continue the "Love Knows No Borders" international charity sale and make it better and better.
Mme. Qian Wei said in her speech that the "Love Knows No Borders" international charity sale event has been held for consecutive 13 years, creating countless heartwarming moments and making positive contributions to China's poverty alleviation and rural revitalization. Themed "Showered with Love", this event focuses on helping rural children, and the donations will be used to build or renovate shower room facilities for around 100 primary and secondary schools in Jinping County and Malipo County of Yunnan Province, bringing warmth to those 20 thousand children in the two counties, helping with their best growth. It is the dedication and contributions of people from all over the world that turned into warmth, changed the lives of so many families for better, lit up the hopes of so many children, thus created the touching stories of mutual help and friendship between the Chinese people and the people of other countries.
On behalf of the foreign diplomatic corps in China, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to China Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri delivered a video speech, saying that under the leadership of the CPC, China has achieved phenomenal success in poverty alleviation, and strives to achieve common prosperity. Both the UAE and China uphold the vision of building a human community with a shared future. He expressed the hope that all countries can be active contributors to global development and work together to build a hopeful, prosperous and sustainable future for all mankind.
The guests witnessed the official launch of the "Online Charity Sale" together. The charity sale has raised nearly 58,000 commodities of 400 varieties, set up a special page "Digital Village Treasure Flagship Store" on Taobao, which will last until February 8, and the live-streaming will be on as well.