Beata Szydło at the meeting with Polish diaspora in Beijing: You are Poland’s great ambassadors

Poles have written many memorable pages in the history of China and continue to do so. We should recall here those who built Harbin, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło on Saturday at the meeting with Poles living in China which took place at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing.

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Photo: P. Tracz/Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Poles abroad as partners

Prime Minister Beata Szydło ensured that the matters concerning the Polish diaspora and Poles living abroad were of great importance for the authorities of the Republic of Poland and Poles living even at the farthest corners of the world were partners for the government’s activities. The number of Poles who temporarily settle in China has been increasing each year.

The Polish Prime Minister stated that economic cooperation was the core issue of her visit. Poland wants the economic cooperation with China to develop dynamically, she emphasized. She emphasized that her talks with Chinese President and Prime Minister focused on cooperation on the New Silk Road which would also be discussed at the Belt and Road Forum starting in Beijing tomorrow. It is an important event for which Poland has high hopes, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

Poles in the history of China

The Polish Prime Minister said that we should look back on those who had built Hrabin. She welcomed the result of efforts aimed at commemorating Poles’ contribution to building and developing the city, i.e. a photo exhibition entitled “Poles in Harbin” which was opened on 21 April. Polish engineers, urban planners, architects and industrialists made an important contribution to the establishment and development of Harbin, which is currently one of the largest cities in north-eastern China.

it is a good opportunity to show how much Poland have contributed and may still contribute. The credit goes mainly to you and your achievements in China. You continue the wonderful traditions that we recalled during i.a. organisation of the exhibition in Harbin, she stressed.

The Prime Minister added that the current very good climate for developing economic and cultural cooperation was among others due to the contribution of Poles in China. Through your work here you show that Poles can achieve great things, that they are open, creative and energetic people who create amazing projects and plans and are great partners for cooperation, she said.

Poles in China as a link between the East and the West

Beata Szydło thanked those present for their participation in the meeting and stated that she was grateful to Poles living in China for promoting Polish culture and knowledge about Poland. I would like to thank you for your commitment; you are all ambassadors of Poland in China, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The Prime Minister and the guests listened to a concert of a young Chinese pianist, the winner of the I Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition for Children and Youth, Chen Xuehong.

According to unofficial estimates, approximately 5000 people of Polish origin live in China. Approximately 500 Polish citizens reside temporarily in the district covered by the Consular Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing. Many of them are students, including the Confucius Institute scholarship holders. The priority of the Polish government is to maintain ties with Poles abroad, including those living in the farthest corners of the world.

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