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Chinese Consulate-General in Brisbane Holds Reception Celebrating the 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

(From Chinese Consulate General in Brisbane)

2015/09/29

Dr. ZHAO Yongchen, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Brisbane, hosted a reception celebrating the 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the P.R. China in the evening of 28 September 2015.

Attending the reception were Hon. Ms. Kate Jones, Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, as the Representative of the Premier, Acting Speaker Ms. Grace Grace, Representative of the Lord Mayor of Brisbane Cr. Angela Owen-Taylor, Mayors of Ipswich and Redland, State Parliament Members and former Premier Mr. Campbell Newman, other dignitaries, friends from the Consular Corps, the Chinese Community, Chinese Businesses and Overseas Chinese Students, which totaled around 500 guests.

Dr. Zhao delivered the welcome speech

Dr. Zhao delivered the welcome speech. He briefly introduced the great achievements China has gained since 1949, and the developments of all areas in China over the past 66 years. Then he reviewed the China-Australia relations that have been grown over the past 43 years and the ever increasing engagement between China and Queensland.

Hon. Ms. Kate Jones MP delivered the speech

Ms. Grace Grace MP delivered the speech

Cr. Angela Owen-Taylor delivered the speech

Mr. Campbell Newman delivered the speech

Representative of the Premier, Minister Kate Jones MP, Acting Speaker Ms. Grace Grace MP, Representative of the Lord Mayor Brisbane, Cr. Angela Owen-Taylor, and Former Premier Mr. Campbell Newman have delivered speeches respectively.

 

The full text of Dr. Zhao's speech is as follows:

Distinguished Minister Kate Jones, Minister Mark Bailey, Acting Speaker Grace, Cr Owen-Taylor, Former Premier Newman, dear fellows, friends, ladies and gentlemen, It is a huge delight that you could join me for the celebration of the 66th birthday of the great country, People's Republic of China.

On October 1st, 1949, Mao Zedong, founder of the country, stood on the Tian'anmen Gate Tower and announced to the world in a stately manner: the People's Republic of China is born! After more than a century's hard struggle, Chinese nation has gained new life.

The birth of the country has enabled the Chinese nation to fully come out of the old times and start a new journey of building a great and strong country of national renewal and happiness for its people.

Over the 66 years, Chinese people have opened up a brand new socialist path with Chinese characteristics, which makes the ideal of human society possible on the time-weathered Chinese land. The successful development of the country shows to the world that it will continue the socialist path with Chinese characteristics.

Over the past 66 years, Chinese economy has experienced enormous growth rarely seen in human history, and has become the second largest on the planet. National strength has been ever stronger. For most Chinese people, they used to live in poverty, later their basic needs could be met, and now they have a relatively prosperous life. That is the very example to show the path has been right. China will improve its market economy.

Over the past 66 years, programs for public good have been boosted rapidly: education and health care have grown prominently; all ethnic groups remain equal and united; the society is more harmonious; the whole nation works together more creatively. The pursuit of socialist values including equity, justice, human rights, democracy and cultural progress will remain unchanged in China.

Over the past 66 years, Chinese tradition has been preserved and passed on amid drastic changes, so that the 5000-year-old civilization remains the cultural homeland for Chinese nation. In a globalized world, Chinese culture will help us be more creative and empowered.

Over the past 66 years, China has followed independent foreign policy of peace, and has done a lot in upholding the national interests and sovereignty, world peace and security, building a multi-polar world, economic globalization and democratic international relations. It is the will of China to rise to a power peacefully.

History shows that we had met various challenges in the time of revolution and development; and forged ahead in the time of reform and open-up. We are ever closer than any time in history to the the great renewal of Chinese nation.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We are confident when looking to the future. In 2021 when the Party is 100 years old, the building of a relatively prosperous society will be finished, and this is the first step of Chinese dream; in 2049 when the Republic is 100 years old, China will be a modern socialist country, and that is another step of Chinese dream. I'm sure the dream can come true.

Back in China, we're moving into a relatively prosperous society, which will not only bring good for Chinese, but also deliver opportunities for the rest of the world including Queensland. Those who take the opportunity and grow together with us will benefit in the future.

Back in China we are confident in the comprehensive reform. The creativity in the reform of the past 30 plus years has brought and will bring new development to China, and it will be good for all peoples.

Back in China we are confident in its rule of law. With over 2000 years of legal tradition, China draws upon other countries and is exploring fresh model for good governance.

Back in China we expect a better socialist democracy. The ruling party is improving itself. The Party has 87 million members, and its progress will be critical for China's political, economic and social development.

History is a mirror showing the present, and the present guides the future. China had been one of the economically and culturally strongest countries in the world for around 2000 years. Now, it's heading to renewal. A democratic, prosperous and culturally advanced socialist country will be a reality. The lovely dream is in China, in the world and between you and me.

Ladies and gentlemen, China and Australia are located in different parts of the global village, and we share the same rule of mankind. There are so many common things and solid footings that bring us together.

In World War Two, Chinese and Australian people fought side by side, combating Fascist and safeguarding world peace and human justice.

Over 43 years since the set-up of diplomatic ties, the two countries, under the efforts of both state leaders and communities across the board, have forged a relationship that exemplifies any relationship between different systems and cultures. Both large economies in Asia-Pacific and the world, both active supporters of free and convenient trade, the two countries have enjoyed friendly partnership, which means a lot for the harmony and prosperity of Asia-Pacific.

Last November, Chinese President Xi had a fabulous visit in Australia, bringing the bilateral relations to a new level. We set up comprehensive strategic partnership which is the bedrock for all-round collaborations. The signing of Free Trade Agreement is a historic milestone that will forcefully drive our business ties.

Ladies and gentlemen, China-Queensland win-win relations have been developing soundly. Now it is facing many more opportunities.

It should be noted that north Queensland is only 4000 kilometers from south China. We have every reason to be in close touch.

Our economies are complementary in many ways. China has long invested prominently in Queensland's energy and mines, helping to create the boom of mining here. On the top of energy and mining, Queensland is famed for agri-products, while China is the world's largest importer of mines, agri-products and marine products. Queensland is a tourists' paradise, dream place for many Chinese visitors. Queensland is a knowledge state and a key partner to China's high-tech.

If we continue to pool our strengths and expand business ties, new gateways will be opened. Chinese middle class is booming, and 1.3 billion people means tremendous market. That makes possible the access of Queensland's agri-product, marine product and other high-end goods to Chinese market.

If the FTA is ratified and comes to operation, both sides push forward investment, financial service and convenient trade, China-Queensland business partnership will further grow.

China is upgrading its economy and opening wider, and new progress has been made in market-based reform. That is enormous opportunities for both businesses.

As more things are created in China, especially emerging sectors such as new generation of information tech, bio-medicine, clean energy, advanced manufacturing, China-Queensland technology and industry communities will further improve the high-tech partnership.

China has initiated "the Belt and the Road" strategy and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, in favor of the prosperity of Asia-Pacific, and stronger connectivity with surrounding countries. Australia has joined the Bank, and I hope Queensland could match it with its North Queensland Development, bring in Chinese investment, work with China on infrastructure and marine business, so as to bring more jobs and booms.

G20 Summit last year has made Queensland quite known to Chinese public, and resulted in growing number of Chinese tourists. This year the number is estimated to reach 1 million. Our collaboration on tourism facilities, property, airlines and hotel will be the new engine. Meanwhile, Chinese language, culture and art will be more popular in communities and schools, and more light will be shed onto our cultural engagement.

In this case, many Chinese cities are keen to grow relations and set up sisterhood in Queensland. If more sister cities could be built, more airlines opened, China-Queensland ties will deepen.

Australia comes the second in attracting Chinese students. More than 200 thousand are studying in Australia, 10% of them are in Queensland. More students means better understanding. Over 100 thousand Chinese who work and live here bridge China and Queensland. They have contributed a lot to local growth and cultural diversity and will continue to do so.

China-Queensland relation make us happy and more confident in its future. Let us work hard, for a better tomorrow.

Would you please join me in a toast:

  For the 66th birthday of the People's Republic of China;

  For China-Australia friendship and cooperation;

  For the happiness of Queenslanders;

  And for the health of you all!

Cheers!

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