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Diversified Chinese programs shown at Asia Fest in Romania

BUCHAREST, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- The 9th Asia Fest in Romania kicked off Friday in the National Park here, with the animation film "White Snake" based on Chinese folklore screening on the first night of the festival.

"Cultural exchange is of great significance," said Chinese Ambassador to Romania Han Chunlin in his speech at the opening ceremony.

"It is our inevitable choice to promote mutual understanding and assistance among peoples of all nations, build a community with a shared future for mankind and jointly address common challenges," Han said.

Welcoming local people to visit China in the future, the ambassador said cultural exchanges have become, day by day, a bridge between peoples to share emotions and enhance friendship, a bond to deepen understanding and trust among countries, and an important driving force for the progress of human civilization and the peaceful development of the world.

The three-day festival includes a number of activities such as product exhibitions and sales from various countries, food experience, art performances, cultural exhibitions, film festivals, and handicraft workshops.

During the event, the public can watch martial arts and lion dance performances by Romanian disciples of the Shanghai Wushu Club, enjoy Chinese calligraphy and knot art at the booth of the Confucius Institute in Bucharest, as well as a photo exhibition of ancient Chinese imperial palaces and gardens.

Having been held successfully for nine years since 2013 in Bucharest, the Asia Fest has become an important platform to showcase the life, cultural spirit and artistic trend of Asian people, and also an important channel for the local people to understand and experience Asian culture.

Present at the opening ceremony were ambassadors of Japan, India, Bangladesh, Thailand and other diplomatic envoys in Romania.