New York

20 November 2015

Secretary-General's remarks at Calligraphy Event

Your Excellency Ambassador LIU Jieyi, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, Ambassador ZHANG Qiyue, Consul General of China,
Mr. ZENG Laide, Deputy President of National Academy of Paintings, Professor ZHOU Bin, Ms. ZHANG Yijun, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to join you.  I thank the Permanent Mission of China and all those involved in making this gathering possible.

Calligraphy is one of the world’s greatest and oldest artistic traditions.  It is also a shared cultural heritage of China, Japan and Korea.

As some of you may know, I am a fan of calligraphy and a bit of a practitioner myself. 

You may think it is a gentle process but I can tell you that it is very difficult -- on the hand, on the mind, and on the back!

Yet the results can be beautiful – at least, if you are a master like Professor Zhou Bin.

Professor Zhou Bin is a master and my teacher.  I think you will prefer to look at his work and not mine!

Of course he is far more than my teacher.  He has taught and lectured across the world.  He has been an ambassador for calligraphy, educating the world about calligraphy and building bridges people and cultures.

I wish his efforts and special exhibition a great success.

Thank you.