Chinese Embassy Hosted a Reception for the Documentary "Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-la"


Minister Wu Xi of the Chinese Embassy in the United States hosted a movie screening reception for the documentary "Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La". The reception was attended by officials from the US federal and local government offices, science institutions, media, environment conservation organizations and friends of the embassy. The reception also included an interactive session between the audience and the filmmaker, Mr. Xi Zhinong, also known as a conservation advocate of China. The documentary is the work of Mr. Xi and his team from the "Wild China", an organization founded by him. It is the story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the Baima Snow Mountain Conservation of China.

In her welcoming note, Minister Wu Xi said that, while we appreciate the beauty bestowed by the nature and enjoy the spectacular story of the elfin-like Snub-nosed Monkey, we feel so fortunate to have their accompany on this planet. We should also be fully aware of the delicacy of the ecological system and our responsibilities. The Chinese government has made nature conservation and addressing climate change top priority in China's national development strategy, which is underpinned by comprehensive legal framework and concrete actions. More and more people in China are now actively engaging in conservation activities.

Minister Wu Xi pointed out that, addressing the environment deterioration and climate change is still a daunting task. This is a challenge goes beyond state borders, thus requires robust and coordinated international efforts. This is also a major area of cooperation between China and the United States. As the world's two largest economies, the two nations share great common interests and great potential of further cooperation. China looks forward to working closely with the U.S. to promote international efforts on addressing climate change, and substantive cooperation in the area of clean energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency and environment protection. This will not only benefit our two peoples, but also our future generations and the entire world.


Through beautiful pictures and interesting stories, Mr. Xi Zhinong shared with the audience his decades long experience in conservation, introduced the challenges and efforts of China in nature conservation, and answered questions from the audience.

The Embassy also sponsored the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) with a public screening of this documentary on April 23, 2015 at the Carnegie Institute of Science in Washington D.C.


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