His Excellency Li Chen, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the State of Qatar assembled ladies and gentlemen of the press and welcomed them to the official launch of the Qatar China bilateral Year of Culture.

The Qatar Years of Culture, under the visionary guidance of the chairperson of Qatar Museums, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, are intended to use art and culture to foster improved mutual understanding, and build bridges between cultures.

The Years of Culture are now in their fifth edition, following previous successful partnerships with Qatar/Japan (2012); Qatar/UK (2013); Qatar/Brazil (2014) and most recently Qatar/Turkey last year.

Under the wise and visionary leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar has a clearly defined vision – the Qatar National Vision 2030 – to move towards a knowledge based economy, beyond oil and gas. Closely aligned to the four pillars of this National Vision – specifically those that focus on human development, establishing Qatar on the world map and supporting intercultural dialogue – is the role of arts and creativity.

While Qatar and China are very different places with very different cultures, both strive to balance progress and heritage in the context of the modern world, shared values based on respect for family, education, hospitality and cultural curiosity. In addition, there are strong economic ties between these two countries, and positive diplomatic relations that date back to the 1980s.

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