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The Chinese Mission Holds Lunar New Year Reception


The Chinese Mission held a reception on 24 January to celebrate the Lunar New Year. It was a festive gathering of over 200 people from different walks of life in Geneva, including H.E. Ma Zhaoxu, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland, H.E. Yu Jianhua, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of China to the World Trade Organization, H.E. Fu Cong, Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs of China, H.E. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, H.E. Yi Xiaozhun, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization, H.E. Wang Binying, Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and H.E. Ren Minghui, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization.

In his toast, Mr. Ma looked back on the year 2016. He said last year was a good beginning in implementing the 13th Five-Year Plan. China performed well in the world economy, with a 6.7% growth rate and a GDP of roughly 11 trillion US dollars. Last year was also marked by robust Chinese dipomacy. The G20 Hangzhou Summit, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the steps taken to uphold national sovereignty, seurity and development interests made international headlines. China acted as a torchbearer in the shifting landscape of global governance and a signpost in a world of greater uncertainty.


In particular, Mr. Ma talked about the recent successful visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the international organizations in Switzerland and his participation at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017. The Ambassador called it the begining of a new era. In Davos, President Xi addressed the crucial question of where is the world is headed, explained how China sees globalization, and shared China’s views about how to tackle the issues in the global economy. His speech was a source of inspiration and encouragement for the international community.

At the United Nations Office at Geneva, President Xi presented to the world the concept of a community of shared future for mankind in its full, the philosophy underpinning China’s diplomacy in this new era, drawing up a blueprint of progress and development for human society. He made it clear China gives full support to the United Nations and the spirit of multilateralsm it embodies.

Mr. Ma noted in the upcoming new year, China will keep true to the diplomatic philosophy of President Xi, remain determined in its diplomatic strategy, and take the initiative to act. He called on everyone present at the reception to stay united and forge ahead with determination towards the Chinese dream of great national renewal.


Dr. Margrate Chan said in her toast that President Xi showed the world the right direction through his successful vist and provided strong inspiration for the international community. “He sent out an unequivocal message just as the world was facing greater uncertainty and challenges. In him, people saw a China that act on its words and live up to its responsibilities as a major country.” Dr. Chan said, “Every Chinese ought to be proud of this.”

Everyone at the reception was filled with happiness and confidence. The guests exchanged congratulations on President Xi’s success in Switzerland, shared feelings of pride in China’s achievements in the past year, and expressed hopes for an even stronger and more prosperous motherland in the new year.

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