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Xiplomacy – 68 years of the PRC

27 September 2017

On October 1st 2017 China will celebrate the 68th Anniversary of The Peoples Republic (PRC). Since its ‘opening up’ policy, PRC has made a quantum leap from extreme poverty to becoming the world’s largest manufacturer and trading power with the largest foreign reserves.

Photo: H.E. Ambassador Lin Songtian addressing guests at the 68th National Day of the People’s Republic of China celebrated in Pretoria, South Africa

With a steadfast commitment to economic development and a focus on improving the people’s livelihood, China has lifted 700 million people out of poverty.  China now accounts for almost 15% of the world economy and has grown to become the second largest economy in world with an 11 trillion USD GDP and is already implementing measures to become the largest.

This phenomenal growth path led the way for scientific development, innovation and entrepreneurial enterprise.  An average of 15 000 businesses are being registered daily, digital and smart lifestyles have made their way into hundreds of million Chinese homes.

Online shopping has skyrocketed creating new opportunities in supporting industries of logistics, warehousing, marketing and advertising. Technological advances have been coupled to an infrastructure revolution.

4.7 million Kilometres of highways are in service, a rail network of 124 000 kilometres and 22 000kms of high speed rail for trains that travel at 350km/h. These infrastructure projects have led to a boom in China’s domestic tourism.

In 1978 there were 2 million fixed line telephone users; today mobile phone users have reached 1.36 billion. 297 million people subscribe to fixed and internet broadband services and internet users number 731 million people.

China’s total import and export of goods and services reached over 4 billion USD.

In 2016 Chinese travellers made over 4 billion domestic trips while 122 million trips were taken to international destinations.

Chinese diplomacy or Xiplomacy as is attributed to President Xi Jinping acknowledges that China’s development is inseparable from the world, that it is imperative to promote sustainable, balanced and inclusive societies for the wellbeing of the planet. It also recognizes China’s responsibility as it embarks on its leadership role in the community of nations.



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