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Speech by H.E. Ambassador Wu Ken At the Reception Celebrating the 67th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
2016/09/30

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,friends and compatriots,

Good evening!Today we are delighted to have you all here with us to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. First of all, on behalf of the staff of Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, I would like to extend our warm welcome to all of you present here!

67 years is just a short period of time to China, both as a new-born People’s Republic and as an ancient civilization with a long history of 5000 years. However, it is within such a short period that Chinese people, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, have worked hard with one heart and one mind, overcome difficulties and challenges, and achieved remarkable development, which brings new vitality to this ancient Chinese nation.

The new vitality is firstly reflected in the continuous improvement of both China's comprehensive national power and people’s living standard. The People’s Republic of China has developed from a poor and backward agricultural country in its early days into the second largest economy in the world, and now is marching forward to the goal of completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and a modern and strong socialist country. Especially over the last 30 years since the reform and opening up, China’s GDP has increased with an average growth rate of 9.8%,which is a miracle indeed even in human history. Sluggish as the world economy has been in recent years, China has still maintained a growth rate around 7%, far above the world average level, and remained an important engine for the world economy. It is more gratifying that Chinese people’s living standard is improving continuously at the same time. If you take a short walk to the downtown areas of The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam or have a tour to the scenic spots like Giethoorn, you can see Chinese tourists everywhere, many of them holding various shopping bags. The local people are amazed at their purchasing power. It reflects the fact that the life of ordinary Chinese people is becoming more and more affluent and their needs are getting more diversified. From my point of view, a strong and prosperous nation, a better life for all the people, a more adequate condition for everyone to pursue his or her own dream, together compose the core meaning of the “China Dream”.

The new vitality is also reflected in the great contributions China has made to the world peace and development through its own progress. As a nation with the tradition of keeping the whole world in its mind, China always proposes that “if you wish to be established and successful yourself, you must also seek to establish others and help others to get success”. While fulfilling its own development, China also hopes to promote world peace, stability and development and contribute to safeguarding international justice. Since the assumption of duty, Chinese President Xi Jinping has come up with many new diplomatic concepts, among which the most profound, influential and far-reaching one is creating “a community of shared future for mankind”. As for the meaning of “a community of shared future”, I think Dutch people must have a better understanding based on their hundreds of years of fighting against the flood, reclaiming land from the sea and building their common homeland. Living in the “global village” in 21st century, all countries around the world are facing common challenges such as poverty elimination, promoting sustainable development, combating climate change and fighting against terrorism. The only way of solution for us is to stay together, work closely to overcome the current challenges and create “a community of shared future for mankind”. Only from such a high perspective can we fully understand the profound connotation of the Belt and Road Initiative and the heartfelt appeals made by President Xi Jinping on global economic governance during the G20 Hangzhou Summit not so long ago. In short, China cannot develop itself in isolation from the world and in return, China’s development provides opportunities for other countries in the world. Now, the giant ship of China is riding the waves in the sea. We welcome other countries to be on board with us to sail together to a common bright future.

The new vitality should be reflected in the better development of the Sino-Dutch relations, which is an important responsibility for me as Chinese Ambassador to the Netherlands. In fact, Dutch people are also full of vitality, which impressed me very much during the last 5 months since my arrival in the Netherlands. Especially the scene that Dutch families, from the grandparents to the little kids, all enjoy riding bicycles has deeply touched me. I bought a bike shortly after I arrived, which is my first vehicle here. Nowadays my wife and I always cycle together to work and back home. We cycle almost 20 kilometers every day, which makes us happy and energetic as if being young again. Therefore I am fully confident that, with the joint efforts of our two sides, the enthusiasm and vitality of our two peoples will together create brighter sparks and generate more lasting effect, which will help better implement the agreement reached by our heads of state during their exchange visits and create a new picture of our bilateral relations by further expanding cooperation areas and innovating cooperation mechanism on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. Of course, just as an old Chinese saying goes, “three are stronger than one”. I also hope the pair of giant pandas can arrive as soon as possible, which will finalize the situation of “three Chinese Ambassadors”. At that time, my work will be easier to be carried out.

At last, on the occasion of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China and on behalf of Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands, I would like to express sincere thanks to people from all circles who care about and support the development of China and the Sino-Dutch relations and send best regards to all the Chinese compatriots living, working and studying in the Netherlands.

Now I wish to propose a toast:

· To the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China!

· To the friendship between our two countries and two peoples!

· To the health of all guests present!

Cheers!

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