Remarks by Ambassador Li Jiangning at the Reception Celebrating the 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China


H.E. Charles Savarin, President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, and Mrs. Savarin,

Hon. Petter St Jean, Acting Prime Minister of Dominica

Mrs. Liverpool,

H.E. Eliud Williams and Mrs. Williams,

Hon. Ministers of the Cabinet, Parliamentary Representatives,

Distinguished Senior Officials of the Government,

Excellencies and members of the Diplomatic Corps.,

My fellow Chinese Friends,

Friends, Ladies and gentlemen,

A very good evening to you.

Today, we are gathered here to celebrate the the 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China. Please accept my sincere welcome to all of you for joining us at this reception.

Sixty six years ago, yesterday, Chairman Mao Zedong declared on TianAnMen the founding of the People's Republic of China. Then, China was poor and backward. Sixty six years later, under the leadership of the (Chinese) Communist Party, China has gone through a historic transformation. Six hundred million people have been lifted out of poverty, which amounts to most of world's poverty reduction achievement in the past a few decades. Especially in the past 37 years of reform and opening to the outside world, China's economic and social development accelerated.

The wealth that's created in one day in 2008 was more than that for a whole year in 1952. We are now world's 2nd largest economy. Of course, our economic development has not been without its share of challenges and difficulties. At home, we are faced with various deep-seated problems, that's typical of what faces a developing economy in fast transition, lack of balance, coordination and sustainability. Externally, the global economic recovery is sluggish and poses uncertainties in demand growth.

China will never look back to the old days and old ways but will keep focused on the future, and continue to deepen reforms and opening up, and to strive to transform our past, inefficient model of growth and upgrade our economic structure, including reaching the ambitious goals set out in our recently announced Voluntary Contributions to combating climate change. Latest signs are that the four-pronged, comprehensive blueprint for the country's future development, with the general goal to build moderate prosperity of the country in all respects, is working and having positive effects on growth and adjustment.

China's economy maintained a healthy, quick pace of 7% (rate of) growth in the first half of the year, while at the same time made great progress in transitioning towards a cleaner, greener and more sustainable mode of development in an all round manner. China strives to create a community of development and shared interests with countries around the world for win-win, inclusive growth and common progress.

Ladies and gentlemen,

This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of Chinese Resistance against Japanese aggression and the victory of the world anti-fascist war. Seventy years ago, in 1945, after 14 years of hard struggle, China came out victorious in its War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, which also marked the final victory of the World Anti-fascist War. The victory of defeating fascism in the world did not come easy, over 100 million lives were lost in Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania, of which 35 million casualties were Chinese.

The experience of war makes people value peace all the more. The best way to honor the heroes who gave their lives for upholding freedom, justice and independence and to mourn the loss of so many innocent lives brutally taken (by) the war is to make sure that the historical tragedy will never happen again.

On Sept. 3, less than a month ago, China held series of commemorative activities together with leaders, friends and comrades-in-arms from around the world in Beijing. Its purpose was simple: to bear history in mind, to honor all those who rose to fight aggression, and to cherish and maintain the peace that's hard won, and to open up the future.

Ladies and gentlemen,

This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations. Borne out of world war against fascism the UN embodies the ardent hope of people around the world for peace and development. Its founding is an epoch-making event in the history of mankind and a milestone in the quest for peace and progress. A few days ago, President Xi Jinping traveled to the UN headquarters in NY and attended the anniversary summit as well as the General Assembly proceedings and UN Development Summit. President Xi expounded on China's views and propositions on major issues like the international order as well as global development and governance. He declared major measures, that China will take, in safeguarding world peace, in promoting common development and in supporting the UN and multilateralism. China will continue to support the work of UN to realize its important objectives and to safeguard the authoritativeness of the UN.

Ladies and gentlemen,

China will continue to strengthen bilateral relations with countries and organizations around the world, and deepen existing cooperation in bilateral and international contexts. Our relationship with the Caribbean countries have entered a fast track since China-CELAC forum was established last year, opening up new venues of cooperation between China and the Caribbean countries.

As the diplomatic relations between China and Dominica enters the 2nd decade this year, the cooperation between our two countries in all areas has continued to bear fruit and the friendship and mutual understanding between our two peoples are getting deeper and deeper, thanks to efforts on both sides, especially the government of Dominica led by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

There is a old Chinese saying, "Distance cannot separate true friends who feel so close even when they are thousands of miles apart." We see Dominica as a true friend. We share each other's pain as well as happiness. We felt the pain and sorrow in the wake of tropical storm Erika, which devastated this beautiful nature island of the Caribbean, causing heavy loss of lives and property. We felt as if it happened to us. Premier Li Keqiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi , respectively, wrote to Hon. Prime Minister Skerrit and Hon. Minister Francine Baron, to express our profound condolences and deep sympathy to the Dominican government and people. China responded quickly and provided US$300,000 in emergency humanitarian assistance to Dominica. This embassy and as I understand the Chinese Community in Dominica have also tried to assist in ways we could.

I have been working closely with Dominican Government on further measures China could take to be of help. I would like to make clear that China will continue to provide assistance to Dominica to help with the recovery and reconstruction efforts. And, we will continue to provide assistance and support with the social and economic development in Dominica. We will always stand in solidarity with our friend. I am confident that the brave and resilient people of Dominica, under the able leadership of Prime Minister Skerrit and his colleagues, will overcome this adversity and Dominica will come out of this better, stronger and more beautiful than ever before.

May I invite all of you to join me in a toast,

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

To the happiness and prosperity of the Commonwealth of Dominica,

To the brighter future of China-Dominica friendship and cooperation,

To the health of all of you present this evening,


Thank you.

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