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Reception Marking 68th Anniversary of the Founding of P. R. China Held by Chinese Embassy in Latvia

On September 21, 2017, H.E. Mr. Huang Yong, Ambassador of China to Latvia, held a reception to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. H.E. Mr. Arvils Aseradens, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economics, H.E. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovics, State Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Ojars.Kalnins, Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saeima, former President H.E. Mr. Valdis Zatlers, Ambassadors accredited to Latvia, representatives from the business, media, education and culture circles of Latvia, and representatives of Chinese companies, Chinese diaspora together with over 300 guests attended the reception.

In his speech, Ambassador Huang briefed the audience on the latest development of China. He said that, in the past year, China had achieved great harvest in both internal and external affairs. This year the Chinese economy had maintained a momentum of steady and sound growth. Citing the growing strength of new drivers and steady progress in economic rebalancing in China, a number of international organizations and research institutions had recently revised up China's growth forecasts. On home diplomacy, China had successfully held the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and the BRICS summit, put forth a host of major initiatives and measures and achieved a great success.

Ambassador Huang mentioned, in 2017, Sino-Latvian relations had maintained fast and steady growth. Following Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Latvia and participation in the 16+1 Summit in Riga last November, this April saw the Chairman of Standing Committee of Chinese People’s Congress Mr. Zhang Dejiang’s visit to Latvia. Chinese Navy’s No.174 Fleet paid a friendly visit to Latvia in August and Mr. Ma Biao, Vice Chairman of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference visited Latvia this month. The Sino-European freight train linking China and Latvia continued and more and more Chinese companies were coming over to Latvia for business opportunities. Last week, the Sail of Shanghai Cruising Exhibition of Economic and Cultural Cooperation was held successfully in Riga. The Chinese Cultural Center in Riga finished registration in August and would soon be in operation. With the joint effort of China and Latvia, the cooperation in all areas between our two countries had gained fruitful results, and the friendship between our two peoples had been deepened constantly.

Ambassador Huang stressed that developing relations with Latvia was one of the important directions in China’s cooperation with the Central and Eastern European countries and the EU. On October 18th, the Chinese Communist Party would hold its 19th National Congress and elect its new leadership. He expressed confidence that under the new leadership of CPC with Mr. Xi Jinping as its core, China would come up with new ideas of developing external relations with more concrete results to be yielded. In November, the 6th 16+1 Summit would be held in Budapest. The Chinese side had been looking forward to working with Latvia and other countries to fully prepare for the Summit, promoting more mutually beneficially outcomes and bringing more practical benefits to the people in each country.

The guests enjoyed the “Chinese String Music and Flute Emotion” Concert jointly performed by the Chinese Pipa performer Ms. Li Xintong, the Guzheng performer Ms.Li Yashi and flute performer Ms. Leng Shuyan as well as the Chinese Story photo exhibition. They extended their congratulations on the Chinese National Day, commended the achievements of China, hailed the development of China and Latvia relations and expressed optimism about the bright prospect of China-Latvia practical cooperation.

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