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Former US Secretary of State Dr. Kissinger visited the China Red Sandalwood Museum

Pubdate:2018-11-12

Former US Secretary of State Dr. Kissinger visited the China Red Sandalwood Museum yesterday at the invitation of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs. Kissinger appreciated the fine works of red sandalwood culture and art collected by the China Red Sandalwood Museum and spoke highly of the exquisite red sandalwood carving technique.

 

On the morning of the 9th November, accompanied by Wu Hailong, President of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Kissinger arrived at the China Red Sandalwood Museum and was warmly welcomed by curator Chan Laiwa and her family. She expressed her admiration for Dr. Kissinger "You are an old friend of the Chinese people, and we will always greet you." Kissinger said, I am hilarious to come to China again.  I have visited China many times during the past decades and witnessed the incredible development of China. He recalled visiting curator Chan Laiwa six years ago, however, due to the tight schedule, he had not been able to look around the museum carefully, and this time he finally made it.

Accompanied by the curator Chan Laiwa, Dr. Kissinger visited the China Red Sandalwood Museum with great interest. From time to time, he raised questions regarding the origin, efficacy and value of red sandalwood. In front of the red sandalwood sculpture of Heavenly Tower, Dr. Kissinger was attracted by the exquisite structure of it. He asked how the artwork was carved and why it was designed with two secret layers. In front of the red sandalwood model of Ten-thousand Spring Pavilion, he learned that 11 years ago,curator Chan Laiwa donated a same one to the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History in Washington, USA, and since then, it has been on exhibition tour in different places of  the United States, which caused him to exclaim, "Thank you for your contribution to the cultural exchange between China and the United States."

 

Kissinger stated that what impressed him the most was the Yongding gate model  made of red sandalwood and carbonized wood. When he found out that curator Chan Laiwa has spent ten years rebuilding 16 old Beijing gates with a ratio of 1:10 by using the red sandalwood carving techniques, he can’t help to hold her hand and expressed,"These gates are filled with creation and innovation, which vividly depict the history of the old Beijing city and it is indeed a great service. I must pay tribute to you.”

 

 "Your words inspire me so much. I have been engaged in the cause of red sandalwood culture for 44 years. Although I have been through a lot, for the inheritance and development of Chinese red sandalwood culture, it’s all  worth it in the end. This will be my lifelong pursuit." said curator Chan Laiwa.

Kissinger was pleased and enjoyful to visit the China Rosewood Museum, and sincerely inscribed for curator Chan Laiwa: "An unique woman and great achievements." Curator Chan Laiwa replied that she is encouraged to contribute more to the inheritance of the red sandalwood culture and to promote cultural exchanges between China and the United States. Kissinger emphasized that under the current situation, cooperation between the United States and China is crucial to world peace and prosperity.

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