You’ve come a long way. Not everybody likes you. But I’ve met you. I’ve seen the smiles of your people, gorged on your food and feasted my eyes of your rich cultural heritage. You have a lot to give and you’re not all bad, despite your past.

In the next 60 years, I hope more of your people can see the progress that Beijing, Shanghai and the Pearl River Delta have seen. And I hope you continue to be nice to HK. Try to be nice to India as well; you’re 10 years ahead anyway, you can afford to be gracious now.

Thank you.

PS: Despite all the criticism, your parade was awesome.
PPS: Wish you hadn’t included a float on Taiwan though.