Ninth President Shimon Peres and Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin premiered a music video for a song written by Peres entitled "Chinese Melody" at a ceremony held in honor of the Chinese New Year – The Year of the Monkey
During the event, Peres referred to the strengthening of relations between Israel and China and said:
"Over the last fifty years China has had a revolution never before seen in history and has became a state where the economy, culture and science thrive."
Chinese Ambassador to Israel, Zhan Yongxin, expressed his gratitude to the Ninth President and said:
There is no better way to celebrate the Year of the Monkey than at the Peres Center with our friend, the distinguished former President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres."
At the end of the event Peres addressed the recent "moles inside culture" campaign and said:
"Were our prophets also moles? Was Amos also a mole? Our culture is alive and well and no one can shut it down."
Ninth President of Israel Shimon Peres and Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin today (Wednesday), held an event marking the Chinese New Year at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, which was attended by senior officials of the Chinese Embassy in Israel and many honored guests.
The celebration centered around the launching of a unique video clip of the Ninth President's song "Chinese Melody" - written in honor of the strong friendship between Israel and China. The song, which highlights the thriving relations between Israel and China, was a gift from the Ninth President to the Chinese people to honor the New Year the Year of the Monkey.
The song was performed by Miley- a 12-year-old Israeli girl who spent most of her childhood in China due to her father's diplomatic work. After her return to Israel, and because of the unique connection she felt to the two countries, she decided to perform the Ninth President Shimon Peres' song "Chinese Melody" in Chinese as a duet with Grace, a professional Chinese singer.
After the premier of the song at the event, Peres referred to the strengthening of relations between Israel and China and said: "Israel loves China, and Israelis like the Chinese. Over the last fifty years China has had a revolution never before seen in history and has became a state where the economy, culture and science thrive. China has turned from a weak nation into one of the most powerful, and she has never neglected her culture. I am glad that we could celebrate here, together, the New Year – The Year of the Monkey symbolizes the love of life. I am confident that China will continue to thrive economically, socially, and culturally".
At the end of the event Peres addressed the recent "moles inside culture" campaign and said: "Were our prophets also moles? Was Amos also a mole? Our culture is alive and well and no one can shut it down."
The Chinese Ambassador expressed his appreciation to the Ninth President and said: "The relationship that exists between Israel and China is booming, and there is no better way to celebrate the opening of the New Year – The Year of the Monkey, than at the Peres Center for Peace with our friend, the distinguished Ninth President Shimon Peres."
During the ceremony, Miley, the Israeli girl who performed in the video clip, stated: "I spent my childhood in China, and so I always felt connected to the state and its citizens. China always will be a part of me, and so I was excited to sing this song - representing both of my homes."
Chinese culture, known for its rich ceremonies and traditions, cherishes such cooperative ventures. A song written by President Shimon Peres, who is a revered figure in China, and sung as a duet with an Israeli and Chinese singer in their own language, expresses great respect for Chinese culture.
The Ninth President hopes to see art and music strengthen the important political relationship between Israel and China.
The clip will be broadcast on Chinese media channels, which are broadcast around the world, on 8.2, New Year's day, and also will be distributed through the Ninth President and the " Hoi Bo" network, which is the most popular social network in China.
Photo Silvia G Golan
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