The Beijing Housing Service Corporation for Diplomatic Missions (HSC) held HSC Reception 2017 for Diplomatic Missions at the Function Room of the Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Office Building on 16 March, 2017, with support from the BDS-HSC executives and cooperation of all related departments. Some 30 ambassadors from countries including Cyprus, Columbia, Belgium, Maldives, Tonga, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Tajikistan, and nearly 400 senior diplomats, representatives, journalists and families from more than 120 foreign embassies, such as Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan, International Organizations and media organizations in Beijing took part in the event. Mr. Yuan Weimin, Director General of the BDS, Ms. Jiang Qi, Executive Deputy Director General of the BDS, Lv Huizhao, Cheng Jie and Gao Yu, Deputy Directors General of the BDS, as well as senior BDS-HSC officials were present on the occasion.
Mr. Zhang Yue, HSC General Manager, extended a warm welcome to the guests and announced that the reconstruction of the major part of the Qijiayuan DRC Renovation Project’s apartment building had come to an end. The project was aimed at meeting the diverse demands for living spaces of the diplomatic missions in Beijing. The HSC had also released the E-Community Life Tool App, aiming to integrate all available resources to meet new market needs and promote the development of the DRC Business Tenants Alliance. Various cultural exchange events organized by the HSC had already received high appreciation of the diplomatic tenants. In the coming year, the HSC would speed up the Qijiayuan Diplomatic Office Building construction project and organize more customer outreach activities to build a new platform of exchanges.
Mr. Yuan Weimin, in his address, declared that, dedicated to serving China’s diplomatic cause and foreign diplomatic corps in Beijing, the BDS had made tremendous efforts to continuously improve the working and living conditions of diplomatic missions, and the DRCs, as upmarket properties, will comprehensively improve the quality of property management, human resources, construction, duty free shop and language training services. The BDS aims to expand the scope of its foreign-embassy-oriented service and make every effort to provide comprehensive and high-quality services for the diplomatic missions.
The event organizer delivered a PPT presentation on the DRC Business Tenant Alliance, focusing on the newly opened stores at the Jianwai Media Center and the E-Community Life Tool App the HSC developed jointly with the Bank of China for the purpose of delivering internet-based new living experience for the customers. Mei Xiaohan from the Beijing Language and Culture Center for Diplomatic Missions (LCC) briefed the guests on the LCC’s operation, a new publication under the title ofNarratives of Foreign Diplomats Learning Chinese Language, and the LCC’s plan to relocate to the Jiuxianqiao area.
The guests listened to the presentations carefully, some inquiring about services available in the neighborhood of their offices and homes and some downloading the E-Community Life Tool App to experience the convenience of DRC service. Many attendees showed strong interest in the LCC’s diversified courses and got registered to attend the courses.
The HSC presented souvenirs to the participants whilst senior BDS and HSC executives conversed with the diplomats who congratulated BDS-HSC leaders on the success of the reception and looked forward to taking part in the excursion scheduled for April. Talking with Mr. Yuan Weimin, the Grenadian Ambassador said the HSC-organized unofficial cultural tours for the diplomatic missions offered a chance for the diplomats to learn about Chinese culture and development at close range. The Maldivian Ambassador gave his appreciation for the E-Community Life Tool App and thanked the DRC for creating value added service for the diplomatic missions. The Algerian and Belgian Ambassadors discussed with Ms. Jiang Qi about reciprocal plans regarding embassy chancery buildings and temporary housing options for the chancery expansion project, acknowledging the DRC achievements in recent years. The guests highly regarded the BDS-HSC for the latter’s considerate service, and believed, along with further development of the BDS-HSC, there will be more pleasant surprises which will make them feel increasingly at home in Beijing.
Continual efforts will be made in our pursuit for excellence to provide best-quality service for the diplomatic missions. The DRC brand name will be strengthened further through joint efforts of our colleagues and DRC associated businesses, and we will create a brighter future.
Thanks tremendously to the close cooperation of the St. Regis Hotel Beijing, the event was made a great success and was covered by journalists from the www.xinhuanet.com and www.china.come.cn.