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Liechtenstein painting collection exhibited in Beijing

BEIJING, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- An exhibition of paintings of the Prince of Liechtenstein opened here Tuesday, with Chinese President Xi Jinping writing a congratulatory letter.

A total of 100 paintings will be on display at the National Museum of China from Nov. 5 to Feb. 15, mainly masterpieces of the Flemish School of Painting, including works of Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck.

President Xi wrote in the letter that the exhibition is a great event of cultural exchanges between China and Liechtenstein and gives the Chinese public the opportunity to enjoy masterpieces of Flemish painters.

"In a colorful world with diversified cultures, only exchanges and communication will energize human civilization," Xi wrote. "China always wants to have equal communication with other countries in all aspects so as to contribute to a harmonious world with persistent peace and joint prosperity."

The two countries have more channels to learn about each other's culture, history and people, Xi wrote.

"I believe the artistic beauty of the masterpieces and rich culture behind them will inspire Chinese visitors and promote mutual understanding and friendship," he wrote.

Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, wrote a note for the exhibition stressing more than 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries and deep friendship between the two peoples.

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