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Chinese Ambassador Attended the Foundation Convention of Latvian Overseas Chinese Federation
    On December 13th, the foundation convention of Latvian Overseas Chinese Federation was held in the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant. Chinese Ambassador to Latvia H.E. Mr. Hu Yeshun, officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture of Latvia, the representatives of overseas Chinese compatriots in Latvia, Chinese companies and staff from the Chinese Embassy, altogether 100 people attended the founding convention.

Mr. Zhang Zhonglin, the President of Latvian overseas Chinese Federation made a speech and briefed the aim, leadership and recent activities of the Federation. Also, he expressed the gratitude respectively to the overseas Chinese compatriots in Latvia and Latvian friends for their vigorous involvement and support. Mr. Zhang then read out the congratulation letter from the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China.

On behalf of the Chinese Embassy, Ambassador Hu extended warm congratulations on the founding of Latvian Overseas Chinese Federation and believed this would be a remarkable event in the history of the overseas Chinese living in Latvia. The Ambassador wished the Federation could become a cozy home for the overseas Chinese, and could play a unique and important role in carrying on the Chinese civilization, enhancing friendship between the two peoples of Latvia and China, promoting the development of local economy and society and the peaceful reunification of the motherland. He stated that the Chinese Embassy in Latvia will continue to support and serve the overseas Chinese warm heartedly.

Ms. Judite Dobele, head of the Division of Asia, Africa and Oceania of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, made a speech on behalf of Latvian Foreign Minister. She expressed congratulations on the founding of the Federation on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between China and Latvia. The Federation is a new and vigorous member of Latvian NGOs for foreign nationals in Latvia. The 20 years witnessed substantial development of the relationship between the two countries. The Federation brings new link between the two countries. It is hoped that the Federation would make new contribution to the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

These present overseas Chinese raised their glasses to celebrate the founding of the Federation and looked forward to the bright future of the home of Chinese compatriots in Latvia.

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