September 9, the autumnal equinox solar term. On this day of harvest and reunion, the Hangzhou Asian Games was grandly opened.
On the same day, from morning to evening, President Xi Jinping met with many leaders of Asian countries in Hangzhou, held a welcome banquet for international VIPs, and attended the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games with them. From President Xi's important speech during the meeting and speech, to the unique welcome banquet and the wonderful opening ceremony, a wealth of information was conveyed. "Current Political News Eye" interprets it for you.
Video: The 19th Asian Games opened in Hangzhou Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony and announced the opening of this Asian GamesSource: CCTV
Opening Ceremony: Exciting Stories Shocking
On the evening of the 23rd, at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium, President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games and announced the opening of the Asian Games. Leaders and VIPs from all over Asia attended the opening ceremony.
△The opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games was held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Wei Bangjun)
The opening ceremony included a welcome performance, an athletes' entrance ceremony, oaths of representatives of participating athletes and referees, theatrical performances, and the lighting ceremony of the cauldron.
The opening ceremony theatrical performance "Chaoqi Asia", divided into three chapters: "National Style and Elegance", "Qiantang Tide" and "Hand in Hand", created an audio-visual feast integrating science and technology, history, culture and innovation for the global audience.
△The opening ceremony cultural program "Ink into Poetry and Painting". (Photo by Li Jin, reporter of Taiwan National Radio)
Through the window of the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games, the world once again perceives and understands China.
If the opening ceremony of the recent Chengdu Universiade was represented by the Bashu culture and interpreted the Chinese story that surprised the world, the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games was represented by Liangzhu, Canal, West Lake, Qiantang culture, etc., telling the Chinese story with a strong Jiangnan charm.
Behind these stories, there is President Xi's concern and love.
△Stepping on the road paved with red silk, the five-star red flag entered. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Wei Bangjun and Guoguang reporter Li Jin)
As a sacred place that empirically proves the history of 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, relevant elements of Liangzhu Ancient City were frequently unveiled at the opening ceremony.
The welcome performance "Water Autumn Hui" began with the rousing drum beat of 19 "water jade congs", and one of the mascots of the Hangzhou Asian Games, "Qiu Qiu", made several appearances at the opening ceremony, all of which were based on the representative artifacts of Liangzhu culture, jade congs. In addition, the jade bird, divine emblem, rice field and other elements that appeared in the opening ceremony also originated from the ruins of the ancient city of Liangzhu. The video clip travels through historical time and space, and the opening scene is the ancient city of Liangzhu. The flame of the Hangzhou Asian Games was also collected from the ruins of the ancient city of Liangzhu.
△ 19 water drums sounded, saluting the water and beating the drums to welcome guests. (Photo by Li Jin, reporter of Taiwan National Radio)
Liangzhu, meaning "beautiful continent of water", is one of the four major urban sites focused on the Chinese civilization source exploration project, but it once faced a contradiction between protection and development.
During his work in Zhejiang, Xi Jinping focused on promoting the protection and application of this important site. He said, "The Liangzhu site is a sacred place that empirically proves the history of 2019,<> years of Chinese civilization, and it is a rare precious treasure, and we must protect it well!" "In <>, the ruins of Liangzhu Ancient City were successfully inscribed on the World Heritage List.
△Welcome performance of the opening ceremony "Aqua Autumn Glow". (Photographed by CCTV reporter Wei Bangjun)
Opening Ceremony: Behind the Scenes Touching people's hearts
At the opening ceremony, the canal wind, the West Lake view, and the Qiantang tide came many times.
In the chapter of "National Style and Elegant Rhyme", Song Yun woman boats on the Grand Canal, and the Gongchen Bridge jumps between the two banks, one bank connects the ancient and the other bank leads to the modern. "An arch bridge, half of Hangzhou history." Another mascot, "Chenchen", is also based on Hangzhou's important landmark - Gongchen Bridge.
△The mascot of the Asian Games during the opening ceremony. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Wei Bangjun)
During his work in Zhejiang, Xi Jinping paid great attention to the comprehensive protection of the Hangzhou Canal, and took a boat from Gongchen Bridge to Genshanmen Wharf to learn about the protection and construction of the canal. He put forward that "I hope Hangzhou can continue to make unremitting efforts to continue to do a good job in the comprehensive protection of the canal, so that Hangzhou's economy and natural environment can develop harmoniously."
On the eve of the opening of the Hangzhou Asian Games, President Xi Jinping also made a special trip to the East Zhejiang Canal Cultural Park to learn about the protection of the Grand Canal and the construction of the Grand Canal National Cultural Park, which once again reflected his concern for the Grand Canal.
△The opening ceremony cultural program "Lights Shining Ancient and Modern". (Photographed by CCTV reporter Wei Bangjun)
As the "golden business card" of Hangzhou, West Lake made a beautiful appearance at the opening ceremony that night, and the scenery of Jiangnan lotus picking was fascinating. The third image of the Hangzhou Asian Games mascot "Jiangnan Yi", "Lotus Lotus", is based on the lotus leaves of West Lake.
In the late autumn of 2002, Xi Jinping, who had just taken up his new post in Zhejiang, visited Hangzhou with the West Lake. He said, "Building the West Lake well and implementing the West Lake Comprehensive Protection Project so that the historical appearance of the West Lake can be restored and restored is a good act of virtue and government, and it is also a good act that wins the hearts of the people." "In 2011, West Lake was listed as a World Heritage Site.
△The opening ceremony cultural program "Landscape and Water Together". (Photo by Li Jin, reporter of Taiwan National Radio)
In "Qiantang Tide", the actors who swirl in the air dance with the tide, and the "tide" rides the sails into the trend. The emblem of the Hangzhou Asian Games "Chao Yong" is also inspired by Qiantang Chao.
The Qiantang River is the mother river of Zhejiang. During his work in Zhejiang, Xi Jinping attached great importance to the governance of the Qiantang River. Qiantang Chao is one of the most spectacular estuarine tides in the world, and he personally recommended it to the world. During the 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit, when the tide of the Qiantang River was at stake, President Xi quoted the ancient poem "The tide is standing up to the waves" and said, "Like all of you, I look forward to the G<> to be the tide of the world economy."
△Chinese delegation entered. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Wei Bangjun)
The main cauldron lighting ceremony of the evening, in which the athletes' torchbearers and the "digital torchbearers" lit the cauldron, the first digital lighting ceremony in the history of the Asian Games. The opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games also eliminated physical fireworks and replaced them with "digital" fireworks.
Zhejiang is the birthplace of the concept of "green water and green mountains are gold and silver mountains", and Xi Jinping made the deployment of building a "green Zhejiang and digital Zhejiang" during his work in Zhejiang. Today, the digital economy is booming in Zhejiang, and the concept of "two mountains" is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people, which is also a solid foundation for a series of innovative approaches adopted at the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games.
△The "Digital Torchbearer" entered the venue and lit the cauldron together with the on-site torchbearer. (Photo by CCTV reporter Wang Zihang and CCTV reporter Li Jin)
Welcome banquet: sport for peace, unity and inclusion
At noon on the 23rd, Hangzhou Xizi Hotel, smoke and rain, the lake water. President Xi Jinping and his wife held a banquet here to welcome international VIPs attending the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games.
Seven years ago, it was here that President Xi and his wife held a welcome dinner for international guests attending the G7 Hangzhou Summit. Today, the beautiful West Lake has once again become a grand stage to witness friendship.
△Hangzhou Xizi Hotel. (Photographed by CCTV reporters Lu Xinyu and Li Zengren)
Along the lakeside promenade, stroll to the Yiyuan Banquet Hall, along the way, you can enjoy the excerpt "Eighteen Phases" of the classic play "Liang Zhu" performed by the young actors of Zhejiang Xiaobaihuayue Theater.
△ Yue opera actors perform excerpts from "Liang Zhu". (Photo by CCTV reporter Zhang Yao)
Outside the banquet hall, Zhejiang intangible cultural heritage such as Dongyang wood carvings, Hangzhou embroidery, and Wang Xingji fans were displayed, attracting VIPs to linger.
△National intangible cultural heritage Dongyang wood carving. (Photo by Ma Zhe, reporter of CCTV)
△Wang Xingji's fan-making technique was included in the national intangible cultural heritage protection list. (Photo by CCTV reporter Shi Weiming)
President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the welcome banquet, which not only expressed a warm welcome to international VIPs, but also talked about deeper thinking and propositions from sports.
Nearly two months ago, President Xi Jinping pointed out at the welcoming banquet of the opening ceremony of the Chengdu Universiade that we should promote unity through sports. In this speech, he talked about "promoting unity through sports". President Xi said that at present, the global challenges facing mankind are unprecedented, and we must promote unity through sports, seize historical opportunities, cooperate to cope with challenges, and "broaden the road of common development, openness and integration in Asia."
△Hangzhou Asian Games mascot. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Cao Yaxing)
In addition, President Xi also talked about two other points: one is "sports for peace". He said that as a community with a shared future linked by mountains and seas and humanistic affinity, we should promote peace through sports, adhere to goodwill and mutual benefit and win-win results with our neighbors, resist the Cold War mentality and camp confrontation, and build Asia into a stable anchor for world peace.
The other is "Sport for Inclusion". President Xi said that Asia is an important birthplace of human civilization and has created a brilliant civilization. We should promote tolerance through sports, enhance self-confidence in civilization, adhere to exchanges and mutual learning, and continue to write the new glory of Asian civilization.
△Traditional handmade tea. (Photo by CCTV reporter Peng Baihong)
Mentioning these three thoughts and propositions at the Asian Family Sports Event is both meaningful and timely.
Major sporting events like the Asian Games are not just sporting events. As President Xi said in his speech: "The Asian Games carry the beautiful yearning of the Asian people for peace, unity and tolerance. "Peace, unity and inclusiveness point to security, development, civilization and other major issues related to Asia's future and destiny." Sport promotes peace, solidarity and inclusion".
△Sunrise in the venues of Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center. (Photo by CCTV reporter Fan Kai)
Intensive Meetings: Explaining China's "Way of Neighborhood"
On the 23rd, President Xi Jinping also met with four Asian leaders in Hangzhou. As a member of the Asian family, President Xi Jinping repeatedly talked about the concept of "affinity, sincerity and tolerance" in peripheral diplomacy during the meeting, and explained China's "neighborly way".
△The bilateral meeting was held at the West Lake State Guest House in Hangzhou. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Yan Yaodong)
In the morning of the same day, President Xi met with Cambodia's King Sihamoni and Timorese Prime Minister Xanana.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Cambodia and the Year of China-Cambodia Friendship. In February, President Xi met with King Sihamoni and Empress Monilie at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. President Xi said kindly, "This is your home, welcome home." ”
△ The heads of state of China and Cambodia met at the venue. (Photo by CCTV reporter Fan Kai)
From the time of the warm blossoms of spring to the crisp air of autumn, the two heads of state met twice this year.
At the beginning of the meeting on the 23rd, President Xi recalled the last meeting with pleasure. He said, "The leaders of the two countries often come and go like relatives, which is a vivid embodiment of the China-Cambodia community of common destiny." ”
Video: Xi Jinping: The leaders of the two countries often come and go like relatives It is a vivid source of the China-Cambodia community of common destiny: CCTV news client
"Current Affairs News Eye" noted that from the 2019 Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, and the Hangzhou Asian Games, King Sihamoni has come to China many times to attend important events hosted by China, reflecting the unusual "hardcore" friendship between China and Cambodia.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of President Xi's proposal of the concept of sincerity, sincerity and tolerance. During the meeting, President Xi said that China-Cambodia relations epitomize this concept and China's adherence to the principle of good-neighborly and neighborly diplomacy.
△ Meeting with the flags of China and Timor-Leste displayed at the scene. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Cao Yaxing)
Timorese Prime Minister Xanana was President Xi's second guest on the day. President Xi affectionately called him "an old friend and good friend of the Chinese people."
In 2014, Xanana came to China to attend the annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia and paid an official visit to China. During that visit, the leaders of the two countries unanimously decided to upgrade bilateral relations to a comprehensive cooperative partnership of good-neighborliness, mutual trust and mutual benefit.
Video: Xi Jinping: Walking hand in hand with Timor-Leste on the journey of modernizationSource: CCTV News Client
After visiting China again after nine years, the relations between the two countries have reached a new level. During the meeting on the 9rd, the leaders of the two countries jointly announced that the relations between the two countries would be upgraded to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
Xanana said that President Xi's proposal to jointly build the "Belt and Road" initiative responds to the needs of various countries for infrastructure construction, and Timor-Leste firmly supports and will actively participate. On the same day, the joint statement issued by the two sides proposed that the two countries will sign a cooperation plan on jointly promoting the construction of the "Belt and Road" as soon as possible.
△ Ceremonial soldiers outside the bilateral venue. (Photo by CCTV reporter Zhou Zhiguo)
China stands for goodness and companionship with our neighbors
In the afternoon of the same day, President Xi Jinping met with Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda and South Korean Prime Minister Han Deok-so.
Prachanda's first visit to China after becoming Prime Minister of Nepal was in 2008 to attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games. In May 2017, during Prachanda's second term as prime minister, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on Belt and Road cooperation.
At the meeting in Hangzhou, the leaders of the two countries focused on the "Belt and Road", especially the construction of a trans-Himalayan three-dimensional interconnection network.
△ Meeting with the flags of China and Nepal displayed at the scene. (Photo by CCTV reporter Zhou Zhiguo)
During the meeting, President Xi Jinping pointed out that the two sides should focus on promoting infrastructure connectivity, expanding transit transport cooperation, and helping Nepal transform from a "land-locked country" to a "land-linked country" at an early date.
Prachanda said that Nepal highly appreciates and will actively participate in the joint construction of the "Belt and Road" and promote the construction of a trans-Himalayan three-dimensional interconnection network, which is believed to greatly help Nepal's national economic development.
Video: Xi Jinping meets with Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda: Promote China-Nepal relations to make new progressSource: CCTV News Client
Prachanda's visit to China is his first since he became Nepal's prime minister for the third time. In addition to attending the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games, Prachanda will also pay an official visit to China, which will continue until the 30th of this month.
Han Deok-so became Prime Minister of South Korea in May 2022. During the meeting, he said that as a close neighbor of China, the ROK sincerely wishes the Hangzhou Asian Games a complete success.
△ Meeting with the flags of China and South Korea displayed at the scene. (Photo by Pan Yi, reporter of CCTV)
When President Xi Jinping met with South Korean President Yoon Seok-yue in Bali, Indonesia, last November, he said that China and South Korea are close neighbors and inseparable partners.
This time to meet Premier Han Deok-so, President Xi reiterated this sentence. He said: China adheres to the policy of good-neighborliness and friendship with the ROK and attaches importance to the ROK's positive willingness to devote itself to Sino-ROK cooperation. It is hoped that the ROK and China will meet each other halfway, reflect the importance and development of China-ROK relations in policies and actions, respect each other, and safeguard the general direction of friendship and cooperation.
Video: Xi Jinping meets with South Korean Prime Minister Han Deok-so Source: CCTV News Client
President Xi Jinping's series of diplomatic activities at the opening day of the Asian Games effectively interpreted the initiative of promoting peace, unity and inclusiveness through sports.
The Asian Games flame has been lit. This golden autumn, under the attention of everyone, the Hangzhou Asian Games will leave unforgettable memories of Hangzhou and China to the people of Asia and the world.
Executive producer丨Shen Yong
Main writer丨Gong Xuehui Shi Ran
Reporter丨Wei Bangjun, Li Jin, Wang Zihang, Lu Xinyu, Li Zengren, Zhang Yao, Ma Zhe, Shi Weiming, Cao Yaxing, Peng Baihong, Fan Kai, Yan Yaodong, Zhou Zhiguo, Pan Yi, Fu Zaodi
Vision丨Chen Kuo Zhang Jing