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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu at the 2017 National Day Reception


Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening.

On behalf of H.E. Ambassador Zhang and H.E. Ambassador Fu, I would like to welcome you to the reception celebrating the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

The past 68 years have been a truly extraordinary journey for our nation, particularly the last 40 years since we started our reform and opening up. China is now the world’s second largest economy with a GDP of over 10 trillion US dollars and a per capita GDP of 8,000 US dollars. In the first half of this year, China’s economy grew by 6.9% and became more sustainable and efficient. We have every confidence in maintaining the growth and taking the overall economy to a new level.

China is committed to a people-centered approach to development. We are making every effort to improve our social and economic conditions for our people to enjoy a better life. In the past decades, China has lifted over 700 million of its population out of poverty. This is a great contribution to the development of the world and the global cause of human rights.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

China benefits from the world. And it also contributes to the world.

In January this year, both in Davos and here in Geneva, H.E. President Xi Jinping called on the international community to jointly build a community of shared future for mankind and make globalization more inclusive and its benefits more widely spread out. Four months later, China hosted the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. This initiative is aimed at delivering global public goods to the world. Two weeks ago, China hosted the ninth BRICS Summit, unfolding the second “Golden Decade” of BRICS cooperation.

As a responsible member of the international community, China is willing to share its wisdom and solutions with the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Next month, the Chinese Communist Party will hold its 19th National Congress in Beijing. This congress will take place at a crucial stage of China’s development. It will examine the major trends unfolding both in China and around the world, identify key challenges, and draw up a blueprint for China’s continued development.

As it embarks on a new journey, China will continue with its policy of peaceful development, and work hand in hand with all countries to make our world a more open, prosperous, and beautiful place to live in.

Thank you.

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