Speeches by Mr. Mao Siwei

Awesome speeches by His Excellency, Mr. Mao Siwei, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata on 29th July, 2009 at Kolkata Town Hall.

One: I believe that the Chinese people will never forget that Chinese culture is deeply indebted to ancient Indian culture.

Two: I believe that just as the Himalayas failed to stop monks of both the countries from traveling to the other’s country in ancient times, today, mutual communication and understanding between China and India will be a great mass movement.

Three: I believe that more and more Indians will be interested in post-Olympics China, and more and more Chinese will be interested in exploring the holy sites of Lord Buddha, in India.

Four: I believe that an increasing number of young Indians will learn the Chinese Language and more and more young Chinese will learn to love Bollywood movies.

Five: I believe that the surge in bilateral trade between China and India is not a chance phenomenon, but the logical result of mutual complementarities in the economic strengths of our two countries.

Six: I believe that the world has enough space for China and India, the two largest developing countries, to develop together.

Seven: I believe that by bringing Indian software and Chinese hardware together, we can create a miracle.

Eight: I believe that even though the social systems of China and India are quite different, it is important for us to learn from each other, rather than argue which one is better than the other.

Nine: I believe that both the Chinese and Indian peoples are more mature than before and can cherish and maintain the good relationship achieved between the two great nations.

Ten: I believe that the Chinese and Indian peoples, who account for two-fifths of humanity, have reached a common understanding: the Sino-Indian relationship can have only one destiny, that is, win-win for both the countries.


  1. ycl1688 says:

    It is indeed a great speech.

  2. Jan says:

    Hi ycl1688:

    I totally agreed with you in the early days of communist rule during the Mao’s time, rich and poor people suffer, red guards, etc. But that was then, and the leaders have changed since Deng Xiao Ping started the economic reform.

    For example: the poverty rate in China in 1981 was 64% of the population. This rate declined to 10% in 2004, indicating that about 500 million people have climbed out of poverty during this period.
    You can see it yourself in here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty_in_China

    Whereas in Comparison, Indian has the similar number of people, it still has 460 Million or 42% of their population under poverty, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty_in_India

    In addition, you need to look at what else the country is doing to improve it’s people daily life, i.e. building better roads and highways. For example: In 1988, China does not have a single kilometer of express highway, but end of 2008, the total length of China’s expressways is 60,300 km, only second to U.S. you can see it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expressways_of_China Because of the well-developed network of highways, the country were able to rapidly move ahead absorbing lots of foreign investment, setup manufacturing factories, etc, this directly helps it’s people to get jobs and live a better life.

    China maybe still a communist country, but the country is moving ahead in terms of number of people lifted out of poverty, in the 50’s-70’s a lot of old style of management and method were develop by first generation of leaders which are mostly came from farmers with no educational background. The new generation all have better education and years of training. In a country of 1.3Billion people, it’s not easy to manage as a country of 20 or 30 million, like Canada or European countries. Just to give a example, thief and criminals has no race or color, if there is a thief in every 1000 people, for 20 or 30 million, there is 20,000, but for 1.3 billion as in case of India and China, there is 1,300,000. Try to imagine if you have a unemployment of 10% for a country of India and China, for 20-30million, it’s easier to manager, not for over a billion.

    It’s always easier to use the past to cast a shadow on a country’s future, in reality, anything can happen. It all depends on the leaders who manages the country, if they are not smart and wise, you will not see these kinds of rapid changes in a span of 20 years.

    In my final note, as long as any country’s main purpose is to continue moving ahead by providing it’s people a better living standard, a place to live, I think that’s what most important.

  3. ycl1688 says:

    Hi Jan,

    Thanks for the numbers you gave us. Criminals will be controlled as the leadership believe in swift justice any misdeed will be met by bullet through the head, as simple as that.

    It was Deng that started the economy boom in China. History will tell the future leadership that under different dynasties in china as long as the people are fed, the populace are happy, the revolution will not start. It was Mao working as an underpaid clerk at Peking university library that made him come up with all sort of ideas to overthrow the regime, years later made the principal realized Mao should have been paid reasonable and communists would not have come to power.
    As the super economic power of the world, things are not going back to the old days. That is for sure.

  4. Alex says:

    Hi Jan

    Thanks for sharing the facts, i agree with you completely.

  5. Bill says:

    Hi Jan,
    No question China has made immense headways in the last 30 years. However, what they have to remember is that what they have accomplished is meeting and satisfying only the basic human needs, physiological needs. (See Maslow’s pyramid of human needs). The Government will leave you alone as long as you follow their mandates like sheep. However, as the people progress up this pyramid of human needs, they will be massively dis-satisfied when it comes to “Esteem” and “Self-Actualization”. This is where freedom of thoughts and speech will play important roles. It will be harder to control 500 million affluent and highly educated, but dis-illusioned people than 1.3 million criminals. They are already preparing for this with press and internet censorships and political suppressions. However, technologies are making it harder and harder for them to maintain their grips and controls. The wise leaders are those who recognize this and take the necessary steps to loosen these grips and set the stage to treat all citizens as equals.

  6. ycl1688 says:

    Since the opening of direct air link between China and India, certain scams
    coming from China are cause of concern to the local chinese in Kolkata.

    Pretend to bring in certain exotic medicine to fight kidney disease and cancer, end up being fake medicine. Imagine what will be the effect of fake medicine once you consumed it.

    Want to change US dollars to Indian currency end up being fake ones.

    These are criminal elements I am not discrediting my own countrymen and could be done by anyone.

  7. Dan says:

    Not really surprised with the results of direct air links.

    There are two sides to a coin. Bad things always emerge with good. Also, the “fakes” always mingle deliberately with the “genuines” to defraud, cheat or fake the “real” for quick bucks. If they are medicines for a cure, then think twice before you take them as they may end up more harmful/fatal than ever imagine. Common-sense advice is to shop with trusted/renown shops to insure quality than the price tags.

    The questions to ask here are: who brought in the fake medicines, currency etc ? The Chinese, Indian Chinese, Indian Nepalese, Nepalese or Indians ? Also, when there’s a market for fakes, the scams will exist and thrive with demand and supply forces to dictate such market survival.

    As with any buy and sell transactions in any parts of the world, the principle notion is “buyer’s beware” (Caveat Emptor).

    Fakes are prevalent in all parts of Asia and China is no exception – being one of prime culprits.

    Many years ago, I was walking down the streets in Washington DC (USA)around the White House towards the Washington Monument, when I saw a few street vendors selling fake Rolex watches in tourist side-walks. It was hard for me to believe and imagine that this existed in the U.S. and that law enforcement agencies could be so slack in the capital. It was like a prick in the tiger’s head.