Deputy Director of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office visits Xinhua News Agency in London 中國國僑辦副主任新春訪華社

Mr. Tan Tianxing, Deputy Director of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China, visited London Chinese Community Center (CCC) on 18 February 2018 and held a talk themed “New Era, New Chinese Community” with more than 30 overseas Chinese representatives from various cultural organizations and business groups.
During the talk, issues such as Chinese community’s political engagement, Chinese education and the shortage of resources in Chinese community centers were discussed.

Mrs. Xuelin Li, President of the Zhejiang UK Association, Mrs. Christine Lee, Chair of the British Chinese Project, Mr. Thomas Chan, Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London, and Dr. Xiaojiu Zhu, President of the UK Society of Chinese Lawyers, all called on Chinese community to exercise vote right to ensure that voices are heard instead of being a silent group.

Mrs. Sherry Kuei-Chan, President of the UK Research and Development Centre for Chinese Traditional Culture, and Mrs. Tingting Dong, Manager of the London Chinese Community Center, put forward issues including the health of overseas Chinese and the shortage of resources in Chinese community centers.

Mr. Tan Tianxing expects overseas Chinese community to have more solidarity and vitality and gain better image and higher status.

Mr. Fei Mingxing, Minister Counsellor and Consul General of the Embassy of China, hosted the talk. Mr. Lu Haitian, Counsellor of the Embassy of China, and Mr. Zhang Yi and Mr. Liu Jingshi from Overseas Chinese Affairs Office attended the talk as well.

Before the talk, Mr. Tan Tianxing extended Spring Festival greetings to CCC members and wished them a long life full of health and happiness.

中國國務院僑辦副主任譚天星2月18日於倫敦華人社區中心,與30余位英國華僑華人文化工商專業團體負責人就“新時代僑社新形象新作為”主題進行座談交流,在新春拜年祝福聲中,聽取他們對僑社發展的意見和建議。

會上,英國各界僑領們就華人參政、中文教育、華人中心資源短缺等問題進行了深入討論,反映英國華社的現實情況。

英國浙江聯誼會主席李雪琳、華人參政計劃主席李貞駒、英國女王副官陳德樑、英中律師協會會長朱小久等人均從自己的領域和經驗出發,談及了華人是“沈默的一族”,呼籲華人群體珍惜自己的選票,適時發出自己的聲音,積極維護自己的權益。英國中華傳統文化院院長桂秋林、倫敦華人社區中心經理董婷婷則分別提出在英老一代華僑健康以及華助資源短缺問題。

譚天星隨後表示,建立新時代僑社形象,關鍵在於全面構建和諧僑社。他對僑社建設提出了幾點期望:第一更加團結,第二更具活力,第三具有更好形象,第四具有更好地位和作用。

座談會由中國駐英大使館公參兼總領事費明星主持,僑務參贊盧海田、國僑辦國內司司長張毅、國外司歐非處處長劉敬師等出席會議。

出席座談會之前,譚天星副主任向陳茂銓(96歲)、陳燦根(95歲)、李梅(93歲)等20餘位華人中心長者會員拜年,祝他們健康長壽,並送上新年紅包。

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