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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador WU Hailong at the Reception Marking the 66th Anniversary
2015/09/30

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening, and welcome to our National Day Reception. We are delighted to have you all with us to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Sixty-six years are but a fleeting moment in the history of human development. Yet this period of time has witnessed profound changes in China. Since the founding of the People's Republic of China and especially the adoption of the Reform and Opening up policy in the late 1970s, China has transformed itself from a poor and undeveloped nation into a prosperous and strong one. Today, China is the second largest economy as well as the largest trading nation and manufacturer in the world. With these achievements, China has basically realized the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The Chinese people are firmly following the development path that best suits China's national characteristics, which effectively promotes the welfare of its people.

To China, the year 2015 has marked with our efforts to deepen reforms, overcome difficulties and forge ahead. During the first half of this year, the Chinese economy has grown by 7% and contributed around 30 percent to the world economic growth. Although the lackluster global recovery inevitably affects China's economic performance, in general our economy is stable and making positive progress despite some moderation in speed. We have been adapting to and working along with the economic "new normal", with more emphasis on mass entrepreneurship and innovation. We are confident that China can keep its economy growing at medium-high speed. At the regional and global level, China is ready to work with other parties to promote the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, and put into operation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICS New Development Bank at an early date. We hope that these efforts could contribute to the economic recovery and the improvement of people's lives in Asia and in the world at large.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of both the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, as well as the establishment of the United Nations. Early this month, the Chinese government held commemorative activities in order to pay homage to history and all those who laid down their lives, and to express our desire to maintain peace and open up a brighter future. A few days ago, President Xi Jinping attended the United Nations summits marking the 70th anniversary of the UN. Taking peace and development as the main theme, President Xi elaborated China's position of upholding the current international order based on the principles of the UN Charter, China's vision of building a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation, as well as China's contribution to the discussion of forging a community of shared destiny for humanity.

On peacekeeping, President Xi announced that China would establish a 1- billion-US-dollar China-UN Peace and Development Fund to support the UN's work, and would establish a standing police peacekeeping team and a standby peacekeeping force of 8,000, as China prepared to join the new UN peacekeeping standby mechanism. In the next five years, China would provide 100 million US dollars in aid to the African Union to support the building of an African standby force and an emergency response and quick-response force.

On development, President Xi announced a series of major initiatives to help developing countries and promote the global development:

-China would set up a South-South cooperation fund with an initial contribution of 2 billion US dollars, to assist developing countries in implementing their post-2015 development agenda.

-China would aim to increase its investment in the least developed countries (LDCs) to 12 billion US dollars by 2030.

-China would exempt the debt of the outstanding intergovernmental interest-free loans due by the end of 2015 owed by the relevant LDCs, landlocked developing countries and small island developing countries.

-China would, in the next five years, launch 600 major assistance initiatives to developing countries and provide 270,000 scholarships for citizens of developing countries to receive training and education in China, and help train locally 500,000 professional technicians in developing world.

-China would provide 20 billion RMB yuan to the newly launched South-South Climate Cooperation Fund to help other developing countries combat climate change.

We firmly believe that, with the continuous development of China, we will make more contribution to the world's peace and development as well as the common progress of mankind.

In concluding, may I propose a toast,

To the 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China,

To the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, and

To the health of all our guests and friends here.

Cheers!

Thank you.

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