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Speech by Consul-General Wang Xinping at the National Day Reception Marking the 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
2015/09/30

Honorable Finance Minister Joe Ceci,

Honorable MLA Thomas Dang,

Councilor Sean Chu,

Distinguished Guests ,

 

It's such a pleasure and my honor, to welcome each and everyone of you on this happy occasion of celebrating the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

During this half-strong a century, China has undergone a thorough transformation, from a war-torn and backward country to a stable and prosperous nation. The reform and opening-up policy initiated by Deng Xiaoping and carried on by others has been playing a decisive role in this historical change. With the current government at the helm for two and a half years, China has now embarked on a new path of sustainable development.

We all know that China is now the 2nd largest economy and contributes 30% of the world's economic growth. As double digit growth of the past 30 years is simply unsustainable, China is now managing to adapt to a slower growth rate, while deepening reform at all sectors. This first half year saw China's economy grew by 7%, with CPI stable, employment sustained, and living standard improved. Economic structural readjustment has worked, with consumption contributing more to growth than investment, the service sector well surpassing industry, and unit GDP energy consumption falling by 6%. In short, China’s economy has gradually entered a new stage of moderate growth with better quality.

On the political and social front, the Communist Party and the current government has waged an immense war against corruption. No matter the corrupted is a low rank or top rank official, we punch the fly and the tiger at the same time. Those who violate discipline are dealt with by the Party. Those who break law are punished by the judicature. Two and a half years after the anti-corruption endeavor, officials at all ranks have changed working style and practices, and a new political and working ecology has emerged and grown strong.

On external relations, China sticks to its independent foreign policy for peace in the world, improving and strengthening collaboration with all countries, particularly on economic matters. China is advocating the coordinated development of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which is positively echoed by related countries. China is upholding the basic principles and the Charter of the United Nations. Besides being a sensible, responsible and moderate voice in the Security Council, China has dispatched during the past 25 years over 30 thousand peace keepers( the most among the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council ) in Lebanon, the Sudan, Mali, Kongo, Cambodia and others, contributing to peace and stability of those places. On September 3rd, leaders from 50 countries gathered in Beijing, participating in the military parade in memory of the 70th anniversary of the Chinese victory over Japanese aggression and the world victory over fascists, witnessing China's unshakable resolution to safeguard world peace.

Ladies and gentlemen,

China wishes to maintain friendly and cooperative relations with Canada, and this Consulate is working hard to grow our trade, investment, financial interaction, and people-to–people contacts. It is encouraging that last February we started issuing 10-year, multi-entry visa to Canadians. I am happy to see that the direct cargo air link between Shanghai and Edmonton was established 3 weeks ago, and hopefully the direct flight between Calgary and Beijing can be a reality next year. In spite of the above, I believe there is still enormous room for our relations to be expanded and upgraded, and with perseverance and concerted efforts, the future is most probably bright, even brighter.

Now may I propose a toast, 让我们共同举杯!

To the health of everyone present,

To the birthday of the People’s Republic of China,

To closer cooperation between China and Canada.

Cheers, and thank you!

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