67th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China
H.E. Ambassador Tian Xuejun and Madame Qiao Jie hosted a reception on the occasion of the 67th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Photo: Raising a toast are Ambassador Tian Xuejun and Madame Qiao Jie with Mrs Tobeka Madiba Zuma, First Lady of South Africa.
Speaking about the progress China has made over the past 67 years Ambassador Tian Xuejun said, "In the space of 67 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese people, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, have successfully pioneered a socialist development path of distinct Chinese features, and have fundamentally reshaped the course of the whole nation. Especially over the past three decades of reform and opening up, China has transformed itself from a poor and rather closed country to the world's second largest economy, lifting over 700 million population out of poverty. Today, China prides itself as the world's biggest trader in goods, the third largest global investor, and the biggest trading partner of over 120 countries. In the first half of this year, despite slow world economic growth, China has maintained a sound economic momentum with a growth rate of 6.7%, contributing 26% to the world economic growth. And Chinese investment abroad has increased by 53%. Such vigor and vitality of our economy has given the international community strong confidence over the bright development prospects of China."
Remarks by H.E. Mr TIAN Xuejun, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in South Africa
It is a wonderful occasion that we gather together today to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa, I would like to extend our warmest welcome to South African government representatives, local friends of all walks of life and colleagues from the diplomatic corps. I also want to extend to our compatriots in South Africa our cordial greetings and best wishes. Thank you all for joining today's celebration.
In the space of 67 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese people, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, have successfully pioneered a socialist development path of distinct Chinese features, and have fundamentally reshaped the course of the whole nation. Especially over the past three decades of reform and opening up, China has transformed itself from a poor and rather closed country to the world's second largest economy, lifting over 700 million population out of poverty. Today, China prides itself as the world's biggest trader in goods, the third largest global investor, and the biggest trading partner of over 120 countries. In the first half of this year, despite slow world economic growth, China has maintained a sound economic momentum with a growth rate of 6.7%, contributing 26% to the world economic growth. And Chinese investment abroad has increased by 53%. Such vigor and vitality of our economy has given the international community strong confidence over the bright development prospects of China.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today, all of the Chinese people are inspired and united together by the "two centenary goals”. That is, to double the GDP and per capita income on the basis of 2010 level and complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2021, at the 100th anniversary of the CPC, and then turn China into a modern socialist country that is strong, prosperous, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious by mid-21st century, at the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The next five years are critical for the first centenary goal. To make sure that we realize this goal, China is now implementing a "Four Comprehensives" strategy, namely, to comprehensively deepen reform, comprehensively advance rule of law, and comprehensively strictly govern the Party so as to provide strong impetus and guarantee for comprehensively building a moderately prosperous society. We will take further steps to deepen economic institutional reform, adjust economic structure, change development model, and focus more on growth quality instead of speed. We will continue our efforts to promote social fairness and justice, uphold social harmony and stability, and remain committed to a socialist country according to law. We also know fully well that, the Communist Party of China itself plays a vital role in China's development endeavors. Therefore, we have put in place, within the CPC, strict measures and disciplines to fight against corruption to ensure the integrity and accountability of our cadres. The Chinese people have full confidence that with the CPC leadership as well as concerted and consistent efforts, on the part of the whole nation, we will reach our goals.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
When we think about the future of China, it is important to know that, we will always remain steadfast to peaceful development. We will always pursue mutually beneficial partnership and win-win cooperation with other countries. And we will always strive to create for mankind a community of shared future, a future of peace and development. China actively participates in global governance with a strong sense of responsibility, contributing our wisdom and efforts. Earlier this month, during the G20 Hangzhou Summit, China has joined efforts with all the other partners and developed the "Hangzhou Consensus" for economic growth, pointing a path forward and injecting robust vigor into the world economy. One particular achievement of this year's G20 is that, China, South Africa and other developing countries have acted closely together. As a result, for the first time, this year's G20 put the issue of development front and center of the global macro policy framework. For the first time, an action plan has been formulated for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. And for the first time, cooperation is being carried out to support African countries and the Least Developed Countries in their industrialization. These achievements address both the immediate needs and fundamental interests of developing countries, and have been widely regarded as a great success for the developing world as a whole.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Last December, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a successful visit to South Africa and co-chaired with President Zuma the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit. During the FOCAC Summit, leaders of China and African countries have mapped out a new blueprint for China-Africa win-win cooperation. This year is the year for the implementation of Summit outcomes. On July 29, the Coordinators' Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions was held in Beijing. Over a hundred ministerial officials from China and Africa took part in this meeting, where they compared thoughts and joined efforts to facilitate outcomes implementation. It is highly encouraging that, it took only eight months for China and Africa to have reached 243 agreements, most of which are business and investment related, totaling over 50 billion US dollars. It is a vivid example of our practical, efficient and action-oriented cooperation, and such success has been made possible largely because of the mutual respect and mutual benefit we have afforded to each other in China-Africa cooperation. Going forward, China will further strengthen its relations with Africa in line with the strategic vision of "One upgrade, Five pillars, and Ten plans", and will continue its principles of sincerity, real results, affinity, and good faith. China will intensify its support for Africa's industrialization and agricultural modernization, for African regional integration, and for the development of healthcare system as well as peace and security in Africa. It is our hope and belief that, by helping Africa gain capacity for independent development, we can build a community of shared future between China and Africa.
China-South Africa relations is in its best historical moment. During the recent G20 Hangzhou Summit, our two Presidents had a very fruitful meeting. Working together, China and South Africa have constantly lifted our practical cooperation to new heights and have achieved early harvests in a multitude of areas, covering industrialization, special economic zone, blue economy, infrastructure, IT application, financing, tourism, people-to-people exchanges, and human resources development. This year, the Beijing Automobile Group (BAIC) and the Yangtze Optical Fiber and Cable Company (YOFC) have set up factories in South Africa, which would create tens of thousands of jobs for South African people. Huawei has launched in South Africa its first Innovation and Experience Center on the African continent, which would train 1000 local IT talents over the next five years. Chinese businesses have taken an active part in the planning and development of the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone, working actively to build an energy and metallurgical complex in the area. China's economic powerhouse, Guangdong Province has recently established sister province relationship with KwaZulu-Natal province, and the two provinces have reached important agreement on strengthening blue economy cooperation. In addition, relevant government departments and private sectors of our two countries are making active preparations for major infrastructure projects including the Umzimvubu Water Project and the Moloto Rail Corridor Project. Encouraging progress has been made in the establishment of a China-South Africa joint science park in SA, and next month, we are going to co-host in Johannesburg a science and technology exhibition. In the meantime, we have seen positive progress in the preparations for a vocational training center that China has proposed to build in South Africa. Thanks to the direct flight service of Air China between Beijing and Johannesburg opened last October and South Africa’s new flexible measures on visa policy, the Chinese tourists to South Africa in the first seven months of this year have increased by 64% year-on-year. Our two countries have also reached important agreement on the establishment of a high-level cultural and people-to-people exchange mechanism. To strengthen coordination and planning for bilateral relations, in the remainder of this year, China and South Africa will also hold a Bi-National Commission Meeting at the vice head-of-state level, and a Joint Working Group Meeting at the ministerial level.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Of the past four years I have served as Ambassador in South Africa, I have been extremely fortunate to have lived the best- and fastest-growing period of China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership. It has also been a great privilege to see personally how far China and Africa as a whole have advanced forward in deepening our friendly cooperation. I strongly believe, with our joint efforts, hardwork and care, the tree of friendship between China and South Africa and Africa all together will continue to grow, thrive, and bear even more fruits.
Ladies and Gentleman,
I now propose a toast,
To the health of President Xi Jinping and President Jacob Zuma,
To the health and happiness of all of our guests,
To the peace and prosperity of China and South Africa,
And to the everlasting friendship between our two countries and peoples,
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Pretoria, South Africa