Remarks by Ambassador Sun Weidong at the reception celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China

Celebrating 70th Anniversary of New China
Striving for a Brighter Future

Your Excellency Ms. Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary of East, Ministry of External Affairs,
Leaders of Political Parties,
Honorable Parliamentarians,
Your Excellencies heads of diplomatic missions,
Mr. Tang Guocai, Chinese Consul General in Mumbai,
Mr. Zha Liyou, Chinese Consul General in Kolkata,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and gentlemen, Friends,

Good evening! Namaste!

Tonight, the Chinese Embassy in India is decorated with lanterns and lights, and a festive atmosphere is everywhere. We are gathered here to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. On behalf of the Chinese diplomatic and consular missions in India, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all guests and festive greetings to all the Chinese people in India!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

China is an ancient civilization with a history of 5,000 years, in which 70 years is only a short span. But over the past 70 years, the Chinese nation has made a great leap from standing up to growing rich and to becoming strong. And the nation is marching forward on the glorious path of great national rejuvenation.

Looking back to history, 170 years ago, due to the invasion of western powers and the corruption of feudal rulers, China was gradually reduced to a semi-feudal and semi-colonial society. The country was thrown into chaos and its people mired in hardships. The Chinese nation went through unprecedented tribulation.

98 years ago, against the backdrop of deep social crisis and internal and external menaces, the Communist Party of China was born. This earth-shaking event profoundly changed the future the Chinese nation and the destiny of the Chinese people.

70 years ago, at the Tiananmen rostrum, Chairman Mao Zedong solemnly proclaimed to the world that the People's Republic of China was founded! From then on, the Chinese nation have stood tall among nations of the world.

41 years ago, Mr. Deng Xiaoping made the historic decision to shift the focus of the country to economic development and kick-started reform and opening up. The Chinese people has then embraced the great transformation towards prosperity.

Since 2012, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has led the Chinese people of all ethnic groups and ushered in a new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

China today is strong and prosperous. China is the world's second largest economy, largest trader in goods and largest holder of foreign exchange reserves. We have established a complete modern industrial system. The output of more than 200 industrial products in China ranks No.1 in the world. People enjoy inter-connected highways, inter-regional pipelines and water transfer projects, and sprawling high-speed railway and bridge networks.

China today is full of vigor and vitality. China has over 100 million market entities and 15,000 new enterprises are born every day. Every year, 8 million college students graduate and tens of millions of new jobs are created. We have the largest number of researchers and 40% patent applications of the world. We have the largest middle-income group in the world, with annual retail sales of consumer goods exceeding $5 trillion.

China today is a country where people live in peace and contentment. We have put in place the largest social security system in the world. Chinese citizens' life expectancy reaches 77 years. We have lifted more than 700 million people out of poverty, contributing over 70% to global poverty reduction. By the end of 2020, China will eliminate absolute poverty and build a moderately prosperous society in all respects. This will be an achievement that goes down in history!

China today is full of color and diversity. China has the most world heritage sites and the largest single structure airport terminal in the world. We have over 800 million Internet users. Over 100 million express packages are sent every day. We have over 3,000 world champions in sports. China's tea ceremony, Kongfu, calligraphy and painting are becoming more and more popular across the world. Tonight, you will enjoy wonderful performances by artists from Hubei province.

Today's China is clean and beautiful. We have cut energy consumption per unit of GDP nearly by half and reduced carbon emissions by over 5 billion tons. We have adopted the vision that "clear waters and green mountains are mountains of gold and silver". We worked hard to make sure that our future generations will not only have material wealth, but also enjoy starry sky, green mountains and fragrant flowers.

Over the past 70 years, the Chinese people have united as one, braved all difficulties and obstacles, forged ahead and painted a magnificent historical picture. The achievements of the 70 years can be put into the following words: earthshaking changes have taken place and China is no longer the country it used to be. We are greatly proud of what we have achieved!

Ladies and gentlemen, friends,

Many foreign friends ask me, what is the secret of China's remarkable achievements in just 70 years?

Let me "decode" the secret to you. China's achievements in the past 70 years first and foremost depends on the leadership of the CPC. Since its founding, the CPC has always stayed true to its original aspiration and kept in mind its mission. It strives for happiness for the people, rejuvenation for the nation and harmony of the world. The practice of new China fully proves that we have found a path of development that conforms to the trend of history and China's reality. That is the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. This path has won the wholehearted support of the Chinese peoples.

China's achievements in the past 70 years depends on giving priority to development. We firmly grasp the central task of economic development and concentrate on doing our own things well. We are committed to the vision of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development and have worked hard to realize people's aspiration for a better life. China's great contribution to the world is to ensure that everyone of the nearly 1.4 billion Chinese people lead a prosperous and happy life.

China's achievements in the past 70 years depends on reform and opening up to the outside world. Openness brings progress, isolation leads to backwardness. Only by following the trend of history and actively responding to changes can we keep pace with the times. On the way forward, we have always stayed inclusive, given full play to the initiative and creativity of the Chinese people and drawn on all the achievements of human civilization. China's door will open even wider to the outside world.

China's achievements in the past 70 years depends on the hard work of the Chinese people. President Xi Jinping pointed out that, what we have achieved is not a godsend, still less a gift from others. It comes from the hard work, wisdom and courage of all the people in China. There are hard-working farmers, workers, scientists and civil servants. It is these ordinary Chinese people who regard endeavor as happiness that enable China to realize industrialization in just a few decades, which took developed countries hundreds of years. They have created a miracle on earth and turned the impossible into reality!

Ladies and gentlemen, friends,

China's development not only benefits its own people, but also provides opportunities for the prosperity and progress of countries around the world.

We firmly pursue an independent foreign policy of peace, respect the right of all countries to independently choose their own path of development, and uphold international equity and justice. We oppose imposing one's own will on others, interfering in other countries' internal affairs, and bullying of the weak by the strong.

We strongly advocate the concept of solidarity and win-win cooperation. We reject zero-sum games and oppose the winner-takes-all approach. We keep expanding the convergence of interests with other countries and make the pie of common interests even bigger.

We have actively developed global partnerships. We expanded cooperation and coordination with other major countries. We will deepen relations with neighboring countries according to the principle of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness. We will strengthen solidarity and cooperation with other developing countries in keeping with the right approach to upholding justice while pursuing shared interests.

We have taken an active part in the building of a global governance system, and firmly upheld the international system with the United Nations at its core, the international order based on international laws, and the multilateral trading system with the WTO at its center.

We resolutely safeguard China's sovereignty, security and development interests. China will never bully others, nor will it be bullied. China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development and firmly safeguard world peace, stability and development.

We continue to give our wisdom and contribution to the international community. Over the past 70 years, China, as a major developing country, has sent more than 600,000 personnel and provided nearly 400 billion RMB yuan in development aid. Over 700 Chinese people have martyred in helping other countries' development.

Ladies and gentlemen, friends,

The world today is undergoing fundamental changes unseen in a century. The rise of developing countries and emerging economies as a whole represented by China, India and other countries has dramatically changed the international landscape. As the only two developing countries with more than 1 billion population, China-Indian relations go beyond the bilateral scope and has global significance.

China and India have achieved national liberation and independence almost at the same time. We have jointly advocated the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, supported each other in pursuing national development and rejuvenation. China's 70th National Day will fall on October 1st this year followed by the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2nd. Here, I wish to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, who led India to shake off colonial rule and win independence. I wish to cherish the fond memory of Dr. Kotnis, the Indian doctor who sacrificed his young life for China's liberation cause. And I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to all the friends who support China's development and promote China-India friendship!

Looking forward, China and India as major emerging countries need to actively explore ways to get along with each other. We need to view each other as positive factors in the changing world landscape, and regard each other as partners in realizing our development dreams in a positive, open and inclusive manner.

We need to move under the guidance of the important consensus between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, continue to unleash the positive effects of the Wuhan informal summit, move in the right direction, transmit the leaders' consensus to all levels, and gather positive energy to promote the development of China-India relations.

We need to deepen practical cooperation in all fields, expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges and enhance mutual understanding and trust. We need to properly address differences through dialogue and consultation and expand consensus. It is necessary to go beyond the mode of differences management, focus on actively shaping the bilateral relations and jointly make the cake of cooperation even bigger.

Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and India. Mahatma Gandhi once said that an ounce of practice is worth a thousand words. Let's seize the opportunities, take concrete actions, march together on the path of pursuing the Chinese dream and building "New India", and continue to promote a Closer Development Partnership between China and India. Let's strive to build a new type of international relations and a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind, and create a better future for Asia and even for the world at large!

Thank you!

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