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Speech by Consul General Wang Xinping at the National Day Reception Marking the 67th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

Honorable Minister Deron Bilous

Calgary City Councilor Sean Chu

Distinguished Guests,

It's a great pleasure and my honor to welcome each one of you on this happy occasion of celebrating the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

During the past 67 years, 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 three 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 moderate growth rate, while deepening reform at all sectors. This first half year saw China's economy grew by 6.7%, with CPI low and stable, employment well sustained, and living standard continuously improved. Economic structural readjustment has worked, with final consumption expenditure contributing 73% to growth, the service sector taking up 54% of GDP, and redundant productivity curbed. This recent month of August saw industrial profitability greatly improved. In short, China's economy has gradually entered a new chapter of moderate growth with better quality.

On external relations, China sticks to its independent foreign policy for peace, improving and strengthening collaboration with all countries. China is advocating the coordinated development of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which is increasingly warmly embraced 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 26 years over 30 thousand peace keepers in Lebanon, the Sudan, Mali, the Kongo, Cambodia and others, contributing to peace and stability of those places (and by the way, the number of 30 thousand is by far the largest among the 5 permanent members of the Security Council). Three weeks ago, China successfully hosted the G20 summit, which sets out the direction, goals and steps for G20 cooperation and provides the blueprint for building an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive global economy. The day after tomorrow, October 1st, the Chinese RMB will officially be a part of the basket of SDR of the International Monetary Fund, growing into an international currency and adding up to the traction and role of SDR.

Ladies and gentlemen,

China wishes to maintain friendly and cooperative relations with Canada. This past month has seen great strides in this partnership. Within one month, the two heads of government visited each other and reached consensus on many areas. Canada has applied to join the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank. China and Canada will start exploratory talks on a Free Trade Agreement and on concluding an Extradition Treaty. The two countries agree that by 2025 bilateral trade will double the volume of 2015. China will import more than 2 billion CND of canola products every year for the next 4 years. China will also start to buy Canadian bone-in beef under 30 months of age. I believe that working together will benefit both our peoples and contribute to world development and progress.

Dear friends,

Alberta is one of the biggest and most important provinces of Canada, and Albertan-Chinese relations have been strong. With frequent high level exchanges of visits( I hear Minister Bilous is planning your 2nd visit to China this year), with direct cargo air link between Edmonton and Shanghai, with direct passenger flight between Calgary and Beijing, with the University of Alberta leading the Canada Learning Initiative in China. With the University of Calgary leading bilateral energy research with Chinese partners, it is certain that trade, investment, financial interaction, and people-to–people contacts between China and this province will continue to grow and produce tangible results. We are of good reason to be optimistic about a brighter future of our collaboration.

Now may I propose a toast, 让我们共同举杯,

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

To stronger partnership between China and Canada,

To the health of everyone present,


and thank you!

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