At the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in China, He Zhigeng, Secretary-General of the Charhar Institute attended an opera performance given by Simon Estes, a well-known American opera artist at the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador to China on June 19.
At the beginning of the event, Terry E. Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China made a speech. He said that the United States and China have got a lot of cultural exchanges, which are an important part in the development of the U.S.-China relationship. Branstad added that cultural exchanges are also an important driving force for the progress of human civilization and the peaceful development of the world.
He Zhigeng (L), Secretary-General of the Charhar Institute and Terry E. Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China at the event
Simon Esters is a famous African American opera performer. He has given opera performances in many world famous theatres, and has performed for six presidents of the United States and many world famous figures. It is noteworthy that he is one of the first generation of black opera performers and played an important role in breaking down the obstacle of racial discrimination in the opera industry. Esters believes that there is only one ‘race’ in the world, which is the human beings, and human beings should love each other.
He Zhigeng and Simon Estes (R), a well-known American opera artist at the event
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