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Celebrating the 66th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China

Remarks by H.E. Ambassador TIAN Xuejun at the reception

29 September 2015

Today, we are gathered here to warmly celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

The founding of new China 66 years ago ushered in a new era of the development of the Chinese nation. Since then, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people have made concerted efforts to bring about earth-shaking changes in China and have obtained historic achievements. Especially since China’s reform and opening up more than 30 years ago, China’s economy has grown at an average rate of 9.8% annually, which has created a “miracle of growth” in the history of world economy.

Photo: Ambassador TIAN Xuejun and Minister Rob Davies of Trade and Industry of South Africa

At the same time, China stays committed to opening up, constantly deepens the friendship and cooperation with other countries and actively engages in international affairs, thus making important contributions to world peace, stability, development and prosperity. Meanwhile, China has also received valuable support and assistance from the international community in the course of our development.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today, standing at a new historical starting point, China is marching towards the realization of the “two centenary goals” and the Chinese dream of great renewal of the Chinese nation.

To realize this goal, all the Chinese people are redoubling their efforts. Domestically, we are comprehensively deepening reform in five major areas including economy, politics, culture, society and ecological progress. We are comprehensively advancing the rule of law and comprehensively enhancing the capability of the ruling party by enforcing strict disciplines and cracking down on corruption, which has greatly strengthened the party’s solidarity, cohesiveness and effectiveness.

Given the complexities of the current world economic and financial conditions, China’s economy, like many other countries’, is facing some downward pressure. President Xi Jinping vividly likened China’s economy to a huge ship sailing on the sea. Any ship, whatever its size, may occasionally get unstable sailing. To analyze China’s economy, people should focus on whether this ship is sailing in the right direction, whether it has sufficient engine power and supply of energy to stay long. To maintain the strong momentum of the economy, we have been actively adapting to and guiding the economic new normal by accelerating the shift of the economic structure and growth model.

n the first half of this year, the Chinese economy realized a hard-won growth of 7%, which is still among the fastest in the world. We will constantly promote a new type of industrialization, IT application, urbanization and agricultural modernization to create new growth points, maintain the growth momentum and tap into the growth potential. China has the foundation and conditions to keep medium-to-high speed economic growth. We also have the capability and confidence to succeed in creating a new “economic transformation miracle” and making our new contribution to the world economic growth.

The past 66 years of development has taught us that the fundamental way to China’s development lies in reform, and to realize lasting peace and prosperity, we must firmly uphold peace, development, cooperation and the opening up strategy of win-win results. At present, China’s relations with major countries are sound and stable. China is deepening and cementing cooperation with BRICS countries and further consolidating and boosting relations with the developing world at large. Meanwhile, China continues to play a constructive role on major international and regional issues. We are ready to make greater contribution to the world peace and development.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are delighted to see that under the leadership of President Jacob Zuma, South Africa, China’s comprehensive strategic partner, has adopted a series of measures to stimulate growth, boost employment and improve people’s well-being. We wish the social and economic development of South Africa fresh and even greater achievements.
With years of development, China-South Africa political trust, economic and trade cooperation and people-to-people exchanges have advanced in parallel. The important consensus reached between our leaders and the Five-to-Ten Year Strategic Programme for Cooperation between China and South Africa are being implemented in an all-round way. Our bilateral relations have reached the highest level in history.

After the successful conclusion of the Year of South Africa in China last year, we are celebrating the Year of China in South Africa this year with highlights one after another, which has remarkably deepened our mutual understanding and cooperation. Besides, China-South Africa economic and trade cooperation has yielded fruitful outcomes. For six consecutive years, South Africa has been China’s largest trading partner in Africa, and China has been South Africa’s largest trading partner,biggest export market and biggest source of imports.

Chinese companies are keen to invest in South Africa. Over 120 medium and large Chinese companies in South Africa have invested about 13 billion US dollars, which has significantly promoted local employment, social and economic development. The two countries understand and support each other on major international and regional affairs and maintain close collaboration in such multilateral mechanisms as the UN, BRICS and G20, which serves as a fine example of solidarity and cooperation between developing countries.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
In December, the summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation will be held in South Africa. It will surely map out the grand blueprint for China-Africa relations. In light of the pressing need of Africa, China will strengthen its cooperation with Africa in areas such as infrastructure and industrialization, agricultural modernization, public health, people-to-people and cultural exchanges as well as peace and security. China will work closely with South Africa and fully communicate and coordinate with other FOCAC members to make this summit a historical grand event which will promote the transformation and upgrading of China-Africa respective development and boost the all-round development of China-Africa new type of strategic partnership.

A line from a Chinese poem read:

"A time will come to ride the wind and cleave the waves, I'll set my cloudlike sail to cross the sea which raves."

Let us join hands to forge ahead and embrace an even brighter future.

In closing, may I propose a toast:
to the health of President Xi Jinping and President Jacob Zuma,
to the success and well-being of all the distinguished guests,
to the prosperity of China and South Africa and the happiness of our peoples,
Cheers!

 

 

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