Tiny but rich in integrity
A national day is a day of remembrance, rededication and celebration of deeds, good and magnificent, achieved in history and venerated in posterity.
Such it is today for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The world's smallest state is known not only for her past glories. New laurels are accredited from year to year, refreshing and re-invigorating every national fibre.
Luxembourg has always championed the cause of conciliation and stability. She is the seat of the European Court of Justice and European Community Parliament.
Over the past two decades, she has built up an impressive economy with a technical and industrial base and the best of banking and financial services.
All these achievements did not, however, diminish her appreciation for art and culture. She was declared the European Capital of Culture in 1995. And, this year, she is launching a grand new museum of modern art, designed by the internationally known architect, I. M. Pei.
Luxembourg is both ancient and modern, tiny and mighty, lacking in natural resources but rich in manpower. Men of high calibre and integrity head every command post.
On February 29 this year, Hong Kong hailed the visit of Luxembourg's new Prime Minister, Jean-Claude Juncker.
Young and vibrant, he is the man likely to forge the formation of the ultimate economic and monetary union of Europe due to start in 1999. We wish him well.
There are many striking similarities between Hong Kong and Luxembourg. Happily, the two are growing in co-operation and friendship.
JAMES Z M KUNG Luxembourg Honorary Consul