Ambassador Chen Xu's Remarks on the National Day Reception
Ladies and gentlemen,
On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, it is our great honor to receive friends from all walks of life in the Netherlands, to celebrate the birthday of our country. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy, I’d like to first express my sincere gratitude to all friends from the Netherlands, diplomatic missions and international organizations, as well as the overseas Chinese community, for the care and support that you have been continuously offering to China’s development.
The founding of the People’s Republic of China 65 years ago opened up a new era in China’s history. In the past 65 years, with all Chinese people being united and working hard together, China has achieved magnificent accomplishments, and its comprehensive national power, international standing and people’s living standards have been continuously improved to an unprecedented level. Particularly since the end of 1970’s, China has been following the policy of reform and opening-up, and the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics unswervingly. These unremitting efforts have laid down a solid foundation to realize the great renewal of the Chinese nation, and at the same time made contributions to the world’s peace and development.
On this new historic starting point, China’s new central leadership has been making vigorous efforts and taking concrete measures to further promote reforms and overcome difficulties. Shift of economic growth model, anti-corruption, streamlining administration, improving people’s livelihood and rule of law are on top of China’s domestic agenda. In dealing with foreign relations, China continues to uphold its strategy to pursue peaceful development with win-win cooperation. Chinese people are now advancing with great confidence on the road towards the two centenary goals and the great renewal of the Chinese nation.
A China that constantly deepens reform and opens still wider is an important force for
world’s peace and stability. China’s development is by no doubt important contribution to the great course of human being’s peace and development. To achieve modernization, China needs to strive for a peaceful international environment as well as assistance and help from other parts of the world. China is willing to make joint efforts with all other countries to continuously enlarge convergence of interests of all parties, to work towards a harmonious world of lasting peace and common prosperity. We know with a sober mind that the future path of China’s development might be bumpy, probably with ups and downs. But we firmly believe, with strong leadership of the Chinese Government, joint efforts of the Chinese people and support of friends, as long as we follow the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics to pursue peaceful development and mutual benefit, our goal will surely be reached.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Netherlands was among the first few western countries to recognize the People’s Republic of China. Our bilateral cooperation therefore enjoyed an early start, and has expanded to numerous fields with solid foundation. In last 12 months, the two countries constantly exchanged high-level visits and steadily pushed forward pragmatic cooperations in all fields. Particularly in President Xi Jinping’s state visit this March, our two countries agreed in a joint statement to establish an open and pragmatic partnership for comprehensive cooperation, which successfully promoted our cooperation to an even higher level and depicted the guideline for future development of bilateral ties.
Both China and the Netherlands attach great importance to China-Dutch relations, and share the same strong desire to further strengthen pragmatic cooperation. In the first 7 months of 2014, China-Dutch trade volume reached a new high to 41 billion US dollars, approximately 8 percent higher than the same period of last year. From January to August, the Embassy already issued nearly 50,000 visas to Dutch applicants, namely over 200 visas per day. Among those travelers to China, there are businesspersons wishing to explore opportunities, students to learn Chinese, tourists fascinated by the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and Chinese culture. Meanwhile, groups of Chinese tourists in Dam Square, Van Gogh Museum, Peace Palace and Keukenhof also remind me that the number of Chinese people visiting the Netherlands must be a huge one, too. Our Embassy is currently working on opening a Chinese Culture Center in the Netherlands, and I believe that Dutch People will soon be able to enjoy the glamour of traditional Chinese culture.
Just three days ago, I attended the opening ceremony of the new Chinese Consulate-General in Willemstad. The hospitality and friendship I received in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom are so touching, and local people’s enthusiasm and aspiration to strengthen exchanges and cooperations with China are so inspiring. We’re glad to hear that the Dutch side would formally open the Dutch Consulate-General in Chongqing as soon as possible. There will be even more to do for China and the Netherlands in many fields, such as agriculture, environmental protection, water management, energy, finance and etc.. I believe, as long as our two countries take an overall and long-term perspective, and further promote bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect and mutual benefit, China-Dutch relations will
surely make continuous progress to a higher level, and become a model of good cooperation between China and EU countries.
Now, please allow me to propose a toast,
to the 65th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China,
to the friendship and cooperation between Chinese and Dutch people,
and to the health and happiness of all of you.
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