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Remarks by H.E. SONG Yumin at the Reception Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to this oriental premises of the Chinese Embassy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. 
For the long history of human civilization, 70 years may seem like a split second, but in every second we are making history. The founding of New China -- an epoch-making event--profoundly changed the fate and future of the Chinese people and nation.

In 1949, a new China rose from the ashes of war and embarked on a path of nation building. Under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China, China has accomplished a journey in seven decades what has taken many other countries centuries. These extraordinary developments hinge on China's original aspirations: the well-being of the Chinese people, the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and a shared future for the mankind.

In the past 70 years, China has achieved national prosperity. Historical strides have been made in building up its economic capacity and overall national strength. China becomes the world's second largest economy, largest industrial country, largest trader in goods, biggest holder of foreign exchange reserves and second biggest destination of foreign investment. It is a major engine driving world economic growth.

Great improvements have been made in people's livelihood. Overt the 70 years, China's per capita gross national income increased by 135 times. More than 700 million people have been lifted out of poverty and over 400 million have entered into the middle-income group. China is on the last mile to an all-round well-being society.

Scientific and technological breakthroughs are also on the rise, turning fictional envisions into reality. 5G telecommunication, quantum science, super-computing, manned space flight and deep-sea exploration are all on cutting edge of China's innovation.

Profound changes have taken place in China's relations with the rest of the world. Sticking to its peaceful development principal, China is blazing a new path which differs from that of traditional powers for state-to-state relations. We advocate an open world economy and promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation. For many years, China has contributed to over 30% of the world's economic growth and served as a major stabilizer and propeller of the world's economy. China has been an active participant in world governance, contributing Chinese wisdom and Chinese solutions. The Belt and Road Initiative is the public good that China offers to the world. To date, 136 countries and 30 international organizations have joined the BRI. The concept of a community with a shared future for mankind has become a wide consensus and is endorsed by documents of the UN, the G20 and other international organizations.

Ladies and gentlemen,

China has found the development path that suits China's national conditions. We will stick to a people-centered development philosophy to meet the ever-growing needs of Chinese citizens for a better life. Opening-up is China's set state policy. We will open our door even wider.

We will endeavor to safeguard the current international order and system to promote globalization and trade liberalization. We will continue to seek common development with other countries on the basis of mutual respect, equality and benefit in order to achieve a better future for humanity.

Trinidad and Tobago is China's major partner in the Caribbean region. We also celebrate 45th anniversary of China-Trinidad and Tobago diplomatic ties this year. Our bilateral relations, the first partnership of the kind in the region, has been defined as a "comprehensive cooperative partnership featuring mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit and common development".

The past 45 years of cooperative development is a testimony to our countries' partnership and that our relationship has  evolved profoundly with firm political trust, dynamic mutual beneficial cooperation and even stronger people-to-people amity. Both sides have always been understanding and accommodating each others core interests and major concerns. Boosted by the BRI, bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, law enforcement, military and other fields has resulted in more benefits being achieved for the well-being of both societies.

Last year, our annual bilateral trade volume hit 732 million US dollars. Chinese investments and enterprises have gained a significant presence here and contributed to the development of local industries. Bilateral exchanges in culture, education, tourism, sports and media have been deepened and expanded. Organisations such as the Confucius Institute at the the University of the West Indies St. Augustine campus and activities like dragon boat racing and annual Chinese Spring Festival celebrations held by the Chinese community ignite local enthusiasm for Chinese culture. Looking ahead, as we map out plans of BRI cooperation, more concrete projects of partnership are in train and will enable our friendship to run deeper and wider.

Ladies and gentlemen,

President Xi Jinping said in one of his speeches that"The Chinese dream, an effort by the Chinese people to pursue a happy life, is closely linked with the dreams of the people in other countries". Standing at this milestone, China-Trinidad and Tobago relations are presented with unprecedented historic opportunities of further growth. I am in full confidence that by continuing to work together, shoulder by shoulder, China and Trinidad and Tobago will enjoy an even brighter future of shared prosperity.

Once again, I thank you all foe being here and sharing with us this moment of celebration. I hope you all enjoy this evening.

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