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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Yu Jianhua at the National Day Reception
2018/09/25

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of H.E. Ambassador Zhang Xiangchen and H.E. Ambassador Fu Cong, I would like to welcome all of you here this evening as we celebrate the 69th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

In the long history of mankind, or the history of China, 69 years might seem a blink of the eye. But in this blink of the eye, a lot happened in China. With much search and struggle, our nation stood on its own feet, achieved prosperity, and grew strong.

Today, China is determined and confident. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, a historic event last year, agreed on a long-term guide of the Party. That is Xi Jinping thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era. It is a complete system of philosophy that unites the Chinese people in one direction and on one path as a new era dawns on us. Under the leadership of the Party and President Xi, our people are marching forward with every confidence to bring China to a bright future.

Today, China believes in reform and innovation. We see the two as the essential ingredients to advancements, to robustness, and to success. Reform and innovation was there when the Chinese people, with diligence and intelligence, impressed the world with the “China miracle”. Reform and innovation will be there as China further develops its theory, practice, and institutions, grows the socialist market economy with Chinese characteristics, and modernizes the national governance system and capabilities. Success is sure to follow.

Today, China stands open and ready for cooperation. In our world, openness and interconnection is a growing trend. It leaves no room for protectionism and unilateralism to knock globalization off course, or derail peaceful development, much less holding China back from realizing the great renewal of the nation. The world will turn its back on whoever tries this. In a fast-changing world, what remains unchanged is China’s commitment to openness. We will forge ahead with the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, deepen multilateral and bilateral economic ties and trade, uphold multilateralism with the UN as the main stream, improve the environment for foreign investment in China, better coordinate regional plans for openness across the country, and promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation. The door to China will not close. It will only open wider.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Geneva has a special place in China’s diplomatic memories. It seems only yesterday when President Xi said, here in Geneva a little over a year ago, “China will do well only when the world does well, and vice versa.” Fast-backward almost two thousand years, a great Chinese scholar said, “ A partnership built in the right way defies geographical distance.” In this spirit, China will continue to work with others to uphold world peace and promote common development in a joint endeavor to build a community with a shared future for mankind. China will be a force for world peace, global development, and international order.

Today, we are also celebrating China’s Mid-Autumn Festival. It is a time for family reunions.

At this happy moment, please allow me to propose a toast:

To the 69th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China;

To world peace and prosperity; and

to the health and happiness of each and every one of you.

Cheers!

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