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Remarks by Ambassador Gui Congyou at the 2017 China-Sweden Belt & Road Forum on Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Traditional Chinese Medicine
(25 November 2017)
2017/11/25

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Guests,

Good morning! It's a great pleasure for me to be invited to the 2017 China-Sweden Belt & Road Forum on Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and to meet the outstanding representatives from the medical circles in both China and Sweden. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Sweden, I would like to extend my warm congratulations to the forum and my heartfelt welcome to all of you, especially to the Chinese delegation from afar.

The medical industry bears on a country's economy and its people's well-being, and is the foundation for national development. The Swedish government attaches great importance to the medical industry and has established sound public health infrastructure. Sweden boasts of many world-famous medical and pharmaceutical companies and is a leading player in medical and pharmaceutical research across the world. China-Sweden exchanges and cooperation in the medical field can be traced back to more than 300 years ago, when Sweden's famous botanist Carl von Linné obtained Chinese rhubarb, crape myrtle and other medicinal plants from China and conducted in-depth research on them. In 1991, the first acupuncture school in Sweden was established and in the past 26 years it has jointly trained hundreds of acupuncturists with Chinese universities. In 2016, the International Proficiency Test for Acupuncture-Moxibustion Practioners was held for the first time in Sweden, marking the beginning for the Swedish acupuncture industry to adopt WHO standards on and requirements for acupuncture.

In his report to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), General-Secretary Xi Jinping proposed supporting both traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine and ensuring the preservation and development of traditional Chinese medicine. He also stressed the importance of pursuing the Belt and Road Initiative as a priority, giving equal emphasis to "bringing in" and "going global", following the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration, and increasing openness and cooperation in building innovation capacity. With these efforts, China will make new ground in opening up further through links running eastward and westward, across land and over sea.

Traditional Chinese medicine, which embodies the essence of the traditional Chinese culture, is an important component of the cultural exchanges between China and countries along the Belt and Road and helps to promote mutual understanding between people in China and these countries. As an important part of the medicine and health care system with Chinese characteristics, traditional Chinese medicine can provide references for countries along the Belt and Road to strive for sustainable development of medical treatment and improve their people's well-being. With faster integration of traditional Chinese medicine into the international medical system, there is great development potential for traditional Chinese medical health care services, which can contribute to economic restructuring and growth.

Looking into the future, traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine should learn from each other to achieve win-win common development. During this forum, representatives from the medical circles in both countries will exchange views on the theories, practice, scientific research and industry standards of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. I'm convinced that with the deepening of exchanges, we will certainly be able to bring China-Sweden medical and pharmaceutical cooperation to a new level.

I wish this forum a full success!

Thank you!

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