Former Israeli President Shimon Peres and Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin premiered a music video for a song written by Peres entitled “Chinese Melody” at a ceremony held in honor of the Chinese New Year – The Year of the Monkey.
During the event, Peres referred to the strengthening of relations between Israel and China and said: “Over the last fifty years China has had a revolution never before seen in history and has became a state where the economy, culture and science thrive.”
Chinese Ambassador to Israel, Zhan Yongxin, expressed his gratitude to the Ninth President and said: “There is no better way to celebrate the Year of the Monkey than at the Peres Center with our friend, the distinguished former President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres.”
The celebration centered around the launching of the president’s song “Chinese Melody” – written in honor of the strong friendship between Israel and China. The song, which highlights the thriving relations between Israel and China, was a gift from Peres to the Chinese people.
The song was performed by Miley, a 12-year-old Israeli girl who spent most of her childhood in China due to her father’s diplomatic work. After her return to Israel, and because of the unique connection she felt to the two countries, she decided to perform the song in Chinese as a duet with Grace, a professional Chinese singer.
After the premier of the song at the event, Peres referred to the strengthening of relations between Israel and China and said: “Israel loves China, and Israelis like the Chinese. Over the last fifty years China has had a revolution never before seen in history and has became a state where the economy, culture and science thrive. China has turned from a weak nation into one of the most powerful, and she has never neglected her culture. I am glad that we could celebrate here, together, the New Year – The Year of the Monkey symbolizes the love of life. I am confident that China will continue to thrive economically, socially, and culturally”.
The clip will be broadcast on Chinese media channels, which are broadcast around the world, on 8.2, New Year’s day, and also will be distributed through the Ninth President and the “Hoi Bo” network, which is the most popular social network in China.