The MARA and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia to China jointly held the“Bee & Tea, Beautiful and Traditional” in Beijing on May 6, 2021 to celebrate World Bee Day and International Tea Day.
Implemented by the Institute of Apicultural Research of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the event aimed at promoting international cooperation on tea industry and apiculture by cultural exchanges in these regards. Mr. Mr. Xie Jianmin, director general-level Counsel of MARA Department of International Cooperation, Mr. Sun Tan, CAAS Vice President, and Mr. Zhang Yahui, Director General of CAAS Department of International Cooperation, attended the event.
Xie Jianmin noted that honey and tea matter in the daily life of the peoples of China and Central and Eastern European countries as they both bring beauty and enjoyment to mankind. With the approaching of World Bee Day and International Tea Day which fall on May 20 and May 21 and launched by Slovenia and China respectively, the MARA hopes to further the understanding of honey and tea culture by countries around the world, promote sound and sustainable development of relevant industries, and foster a community of life for man and Nature.
CAAS Vice President Sun Tan hoped that China and Slovenia could strengthen exchanges and cooperation by sharing effective practices and experience in beekeeping and tea industry to contribute to the sustainable development of apiculture and tea sector.
Alenka Suhadolnik, Ambassador of Slovenia to China, stated that honey and tea are two typical examples of the Slovene and Chinese economies and culture, and the epitome of biodiversity and sustainable development. Slovenia looks forward to cooperating with China in biodiversity conservation, green development, and agricultural research under bilateral and multilateral frameworks.
Relevant officials and envoys attended the event, representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, relevant MARA departments, and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Shandong Province, and Slovenia, North Macedonia, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.