Your Excellency President Michel Temer, Your Excellency President Jacob Zuma, distinguished guests, the presenters of the business community, ladies and gentlemen ,dear friends , good afternoon!
It is my great pleasure to have all of you with us in the beautiful city of Xiamen, renowned as the Egret Island, it used to be the habitat of a lot of Egrets hence the name Egret Island ,the bird egret is the city bird of Xiamen, the BRICS Summit will be held tomorrow, On behalf of the Chinese government and people, and also the people of Xiamen city , and in my own name, I warmly welcome all of you to the city of Xiamen and the Business Forum.
Let me say a few words about the city,our host city. Xiamen has been a trading port since ancient times as well as a gateway of China's Opening-up and external cooperation. Embracing the vast ocean，the city has hosted visitors from around the world. On a personal note, when I came to Fujian Province to take up a new post in 1985, I stayed about ten years（此处同声翻译错译，错译为大约10年） in this province, Xiamen is where I started off, at that time Xiamen was one of the four Special Economic Zones in China. Back then, Xiamen was at the forefront of China's reform and opening-up endeavor as one of the earliest Special Economic Zones.The other three were in Guangdong Province: Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Shantou Cities, and Xiamen is one of the four. At that time, it was a hot land of development. Three decades later, Xiamen today has been transformed and has taken on a new look, that is well known for its innovation and entrepreneurship. As I understand, the share of new economy takes over 60% of the economy as was told by the mayor and provincial leaders, and there were robust trade and investment and easy access to the world with airlines and sealines. Xiamen Airline is performing very well，Well today, it is also a beautiful garden city with a perfect harmony between man and nature.
Xiamen is in the southern part of Fujian , the dialect here is very unique, I stayed a lot of years here , I can understand some but I don't speak a word，there is a popular saying here in southern Fujian “dedicate yourself and you will win”, this embodies an enterprising spirit, Xiamen’s success is a good example demonstrating the perseverance of the 1.3 billion plus Chinese people.