My Dream in 2008
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.
Over the past year, every three days a Confucius institute was founded in a foreign country. The Confucius Institute has already become a brand name for international Chinese language academies. The most important subject of Confucius’ thought- morality completely demonstrates the nature of humanity and reflects the dream of our people to share the global community and civilization.
China is undergoing rapid development and experiencing a variety of new challenges. 2008 is a critical year for China, when millions of people will come here for the splendid sports event known as The Olympic Games. As Confucius said, “It’s such a great pleasure to have friends coming afar!” “Brotherhood is in all corners of the world!” This is a great opportunity for us to spread our culture and customs, and to enhance the understanding between the international community and China. The slogan “One World, One Dream” is simple in expression but profound in meaning. It expresses the common wishes of people all over the world, inspired by the Olympic ideals, to strive for a bright future of Mankind.
With the coming of year 2008, I have a dream that indifference and disharmony will no longer exist; wars will vanish and when disasters happen, relief is at hand and dispatched quickly and without international fuss. All that will be left is the Harmony of Man with Nature and Peace Enjoys Priority. And these two concepts coincide nicely with the core values and soul of the 29th Olympiad, or rather, the People’s Olympics.
I have a dream in 2008 that the essence of Confucianism and the spirit of Olympics will transcend all boundaries of geography, nationality, ideology, gender, race, age or religion. Unity, friendship, progress, harmony and participation will be stamped in the heart of people.
In spite of differences in color, language and race, we share the same charm and joy. We belong to the same world, and share the same aspiration and dream. I am already living in the dream of 2008. It is my dream, it is the national dream of China, and it is also the dream of the world.