In recent years, the Chinese Ambassador to Austria Li Xiaosi has held a summer festival every year in his residence. The property has an excellent location, right next to the important Schönbrunn Palace. This year there should be fewer guests due to the Covid-19 epidemic. I was all the more surprised when I received an invitation. It quickly became clear that I was invited because I was given a certificate of honor (for special achievements in Austrian-Chinese relations).
This is not a big deal, but it is of certain importance to me since it was presented by President Dr. Heinz Fischer. In addition to his signature, Helmut Sohmen and Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz also signed.
Helmut Sohmen is a Hong Kong tycoon of great importance and wealth. When I met him for the first time more than 20 years ago, I was very enthusiastic about his visions and plans.
I have known Heinz Fischer for 38 years now. He was Minister of Science at the time and was kind enough to open a large exhibition of mine. And that photo is undoubtedly in stark contrast to yesterday’s photo 🙂