Remarks by Ambassador Cui Tiankai at the Reception And Screening of Born in China


Good evening everybody. Welcome to the Chinese Embassy. We are always delighted to host events here at the Embassy. Tonight, I’m particularly honored to host the screening of Born in China - a wonderful movie we are all going to see. We thank you all for coming to join us in this special occasion. We welcome all of our American friends, from the government, companies, and cultural institutions. We’re also grateful to Vice Minister Cui Yuyin, from the Information Office of the State Council in China, for coming all the way from Beijing to join us. We also welcome Mr Paul Baribault from Disney Nature, for your support and commitment for this joint venture. We’re especially honored and happy to have director Lu Chuan here tonight. He is one of the best film directors in China today.

Actually, this is not my first encounter with Mr Lu. Ten years ago, he made a very good film in China, City of Life and Death, in Chinese we call it Nanjing Nanjing, about the massacre in Nanjing, which took place exactly 80 years ago. I was so impressed by the depth of the film, with which he revealed the dark side of human nature, and how it could lead to such an atrocity and massacre. So I tried to contact Mr Lu, because at that time I was ambassador to Japan and I wanted very much to bring this movie to Japan, to show it to the Japanese people. Because both of us were traveling, we had a meeting at the airport, for which he postponed his flight. I still appreciate it very much. But it was not easy to bring such a film to Japan.

You see, the political difficulties still exists in relations among nations. And we still have a long way to go before we can implement the pledge in the Charter of the United Nations, which is “to save the succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind”. I think we still have a long way to go to make sure that all nations live in peace and harmony together.

At the Same time, there is another type of relationship, which is as important as, if not more important, than the relations among nations. That is our relations to the nature. We used to believe that human beings are superior than the other species. We used to believe that our needs could be met at the cost of the nature. That was certainly entirely wrong. Now we began to realize that we have to treat other species as we treat human beings. We have to understand, appreciate and protect the precious and precarious life. We have to understand, by pushing some of them to extinction, we’re killing some of our best friends; by damaging their nature habitat, we’re endangering our own future. In this regard, we’re so grateful to Director Lu Chuan for being a pioneer again, for making this wonderful movie.

Although it focuses on just a few of these endangered species, the panda, snow leopard and snob-nosed monkey. These are the animals born in China, but they do not just belong to us. They belong to all of us, to the world. They are representatives of the wildlife that we should take much better care of. I am quite sure by watching this film made by Lu Chuan and his international team with his Chinese, American and international colleagues. There will be even better public awareness about the importance and urgency to preserve and protect the nature. We could really learn good lessons from the wildlife - how they try to live, how they manage their families and there relations. Maybe we could learn from pandas for human being about how to live in peace and harmony with each other. But I will leave the story of the movie to Mr. Lu himself. Welcome again and please enjoy the food and especially enjoy the film. Thank you all very much.


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