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Chinese Embassy in New Zealand hosts Reception to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

On September 24th, the Chinese Embassy in New Zealand held a reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Over 500 people attended the reception, including the Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rt. Hon Winston Peters, the Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Jenny Salesa, the Acting Secretary and Deputy Chief Executive of MFAT Bede Corry, the Deputy Secretary of the Americas and Asia Group of MFAT Ben King, heads of major government departments and members of parliament, well-known members of the wider community in New Zealand, members of Diplomatic Corps, overseas Chinese, representatives from Chinese institutions and international students.

In her remark, Ambassador Wu reflected on the remarkable achievements China has made since its founding 70 years ago, especially over the past 40 yeas of its reform and opening-up. By referring to the transition over the years of the "Three Big Things"(Family Belongings), she gave a vivid illustration on the improvement of the living standards of the Chinese people. Ambassador Wu noted that under the leadership of the Communist Party, China has risen from a poor and backward agricultural country to become the world's second largest economy, the world's largest industrial manufacturer, and the world's largest trader of goods. China has experienced tremendous transformation and made great strides forward. The world has witnessed a new China standing up, growing wealthier and becoming stronger.

Ambassador Wu pointed out that socialism with Chinese characteristics is the best choice for China to continue to develop. It is also the historical choice of the Chinese people. China will remain on the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and promote coordinated economic, political, cultural, social and ecological advancement. China will carry on and deepen the reform and opening-up and welcome all interested partners to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Ambassador Wu noted that China's success has not only improved the well-being of the Chinese people, but also brought great opportunities to global development. Guided by President Xi Jinping's thoughts on diplomacy, China will stay firmly committed to peaceful development and build closer collaboration partnerships with the nations of world. China is firmly committed to the multilateral trading system and the building of a new type of international relations to promote an international community with a shared future for mankind.

Ambassador Wu pointed out that China and New Zealand share many common interests in promoting peace, stability and development. It is by following principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit that the China-New Zealand relationship has achieved many concrete outcomes and brought so many tangible benefits to the two peoples. 'Our friendship shows the world that different in size, social system and cultural tradition need not necessarily stand in the way of growing deeper bilateral ties. So long as countries treat each other as equals, and view each other's development as opportunities rather than challenges, they can always find common ground and transcend their differences. The China stands ready to work with New Zealand to further promote and consolidate the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to bring more benefits to our two peoples, and to safeguard the international regime and multilateral trading system for a more peaceful, secure and prosperous world.

MFAT's Deputy Secretary of the Americas and Asia Group Ben King delivered a speech on behalf of the New Zealand Government, extending warm congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Mr King noted that at present, China-New Zealand relations are progressing well with closer high-level exchanges. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern paid a successful visit to China in April and Mr Lin Duo, Member of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of CPC Gansu Provincial Committee visited New Zealand this year. Cooperation in the areas of economy, trade, tourism and cultural exchanges has been steadily advanced,and the two governments keep sound collaboration on safeguarding the multilateral trading system and coping with climate change. New Zealand will work with China to further advance cooperation for more fruitful results.

Musicians from China and New Zealand played the Chinese music in ensembles of violin and harp, and Blue Notes Choir from New Zealand performed traditional Chinese songs. The 'Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China International Themed Photo Exhibition' was displayed in the reception with short films of Dream Chasers: China 2019 and Beautiful China played for the audience. The guests from the wider community expressed their warm congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, speaking highly of the tremendous achievements made by China over the past 70 years. They talked about the current development momentum of the China-New Zealand relationship, showing confidence in a brighter future and expressed their willingness to make more contributions to the sustainable and stable development of bilateral relations.

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