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Remarks by Ambassador Gui Congyou at the Meeting of the China-Sweden Joint Research Base for Traditional Chinese Medicine
(2017/09/27, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm)

Chairman Odenberg,

Vice Chancellor Ottersen,

Vice Chancellor Ã…kesson,

Dear Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I sincerely thank you for your warm hospitality. I'm delighted to attend the meeting on the establishment of the Joint Research Base for Traditional Chinese Medicine. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Sweden, I would like to extend my warm congratulations to Karolinska Institute, Uppsala University, and Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as China Kangmei Pharmaceutical Co., who provides funding support for the center. I echo what Chairman Odenberg has said, and believe that relevant cooperation agreements will be signed very soon.

Health is one of the main priorities of countries across the world. Traditional Chinese medicine has been practiced for thousands of years, and has played an important role in preventing and treating diseases and promoting health. It is not only a success of the traditional Chinese medicine, but also an important achievement in the development of medical science in the world. At present, a number of major diseases are yet to be conquered, posing challenges to human health. It has become a joint mission of all medical scientists to modernize the traditional Chinese medicine by combining its proven effectiveness with the advantages of modern science and technology.

Last month, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and Minister of Science and Technology Mr. Wan Gang and Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research Ms. Helene Hellmark Knutsson co-chaired the 4th meeting of the China-Sweden Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation. The two sides agreed to prioritize life science in the science and innovation cooperation between our two countries. The two governments will encourage academic institutions and enterprises to expand cooperation by building joint research centers and labs. This Joint Research Base for Traditional Chinese Medicine is an important step toward implementing the outcomes of Vice Chairman Wan Gang's visit, and will certainly be a highlight of the innovative cooperation between our two countries in life science.

Both Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University have very strong research capacity in medical science and medicines. Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine is highly experienced in the application of traditional Chinese medicine. I believe, through close cooperation among the three parties, scientists from our two countries will give full play to their respective advantages and combine the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine with the methodology and approaches of modern medical science. It is hoped that they will develop new drugs and achieve new breakthroughs by analyzing and extracting active ingredients from Chinese herb medicine, and make important contribution to human health.

Chairman Odenberg has mentioned that China and Sweden have different views on certain issues such as human rights. I believe this is only natural. At the same time, I believe our two sides share broader common language and interests in areas like tackling climate change, fighting trade protectionism, developing green economy, advancing life science, improving health condition of our people, and safeguarding world peace and stability. As the Chinese Ambassador to Sweden, I am ready to have dialogue with all Swedish friends to enhance mutual understanding and mutual trust, and push forward cooperation between our two countries in all areas including medicine.

I sincerely wish China-Sweden cooperation a complete success.

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