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Remarks by Chinese Ambassador Yang Zigang at the Reception to Celebrate the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

(From Chinese Embassy in The State of Eritrea)

2017/10/01

Your Excellencies,
Distinguished guests and friends,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Good evening! Welcome to the Chinese Embassy to attend the Reception to Celebrate the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China and share this joyful moment with us.

Dear friends,

Over the past 68 years, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people have overcome tremendous difficulties to forge ahead. Brilliant achievements have been made in economic and social development, China's comprehensive national power is greatly enhanced. All the Chinese people are proud of these great rapid changes and everyone is actively contributing to the nation-building process.

In the past 5 years, China has made remarkable new achievements in economic and social development since the 18th CPC National Congress was held in 2012. China maintained medium-high speed economic growth with an average annual GDP growth at 7.2%, respectively 2.5% and 4% higher than that of the global economy and developing economies in the same period. In 2016, China's GDP was about 11.2 trillion US dollars, ranking second in the world. In the past 5 years, China's average contribution rate to the global economic growth exceeded 30%, ranking first in the world.

The steady economic growth ensured a stable employment situation in China. In the past few years, more than 13 million new urban jobs were created every year, the unemployment rate was stabilized at around 5%.

In urbanization, culture, education, science and technology, innovation, health, transportation, infrastructure etc., China also made important achievements. Particularly, the people's sense of gaining was significantly enhanced with rapidly increasing income. In 2016, the Per Capita Disposable Income reached 23,821 yuan, which is about 4,000 US dollars. People's life quality was also improved and enriched continuously with more budget in transportation, communication, education, culture, entertainment and health. In 2016, the number of Chinese domestic and outbound tourists reached 4.44 billion and 122 million respectively, 50.2% and 46.7% higher than those of 2012.

Dear friends,

Although China achieved remarkable economic and social development, it is still the largest developing country. Poverty reduction has always been a major task faced by the Chinese government, and the targeted measures in poverty alleviation achieved outstanding results in the past few years. According to the rural poverty standard, which is 2,300 yuan (about 400 dollars at constant prices of 2012), there were 99 million Chinese people living in poverty in 2012. After years of targeted poverty alleviation, 55.64 million people were lifted out of poverty from 2012 to 2016, which means around 14 million people were lifted out of poverty annually. Currently, there are still 43.35 million Chinese people living in poverty. The Chinese government is determined to help them out of poverty in the coming few years.

Dear friends,

The Chinese government adheres to an independent foreign policy of peace. We are committed to fostering a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation, realizing common development of all countries and democratization of international relations, building a community of shared future for the mankind and firmly upholding the common interests and just rights of the developing countries.

China provides public goods more actively to the international community and initiates Chinese solutions to maintain world peace and development. In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the "Belt and Road Initiative". In the principle of wide consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, more than 100 countries and international organizations including African countries actively joined the Initiative, making it the largest platform for international cooperation in the world. This May, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held in Beijing with around 1,600 representatives from over 140 countries and 80 international organizations' attendance and more than 270 concrete results. It is certain that this open cooperation platform will bring benefits to more countries and regions.

This September, the Ninth BRICS Summit was successfully held in Xiamen, China. The BRICS leaders reached broad consensus on international situation, global governance, BRICS cooperation among others and reiterated the BRICS spirit of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation. The leaders promised to deepen communication and coordination and play constructive roles in safeguarding the basic norms governing international relations, to maintain international justice, speed up the reform on global economic governance and push for the establishment of a world order that is fairer and more reasonable. During the Summit, the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing countries was also held, sending a strong signal of strengthening unity and cooperation, deepening South-South cooperation and global development cooperation.

Dear friends,

China-Africa relationship is an important part of China's diplomacy. China and African countries are genuine friends who understand and support each other. In 2013, President Xi Jinping put forward the principle of sincerity, practical results, affinity and good faith, and upholding the values of friendship, justice and shared interests to guide China's policy towards Africa. During the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit held in 2015, China-Africa relationship was upgraded to comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership. With the implementation of the Ten Cooperation Plans put forward during the Johannesburg Summit, which takes promoting African countries' industrialization and agricultural modernization as priority, the friendly cooperation between China and Africa in trade, culture, education, people-to-people exchange and other fields are continuously achieving positive results. This is also a great support to Africa in achieving Africa's Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2016, the trade volume between China and Africa reached 149 billion US dollars. China has been Africa's biggest trade partner for several consecutive years.

As genuine friends, the Chinese government will keep actively supporting African countries in national building and development, strengthening industrial cooperation, deepening economic and trade relations, enlarging investment and financing cooperation, promoting people-to-people exchanges and offering help within our capacity. It is worth mentioning that with the progress of the Belt and Road Initiative, more and more African countries are actively joining it and becoming participants, builders and beneficiaries of this cooperation platform.

Dear friends,

China and Eritrea and our two peoples enjoy long and deep friendship. With joint efforts, our political mutual trust keeps enhancing, the CPC and PFDJ exchanges stay frequent, our economic cooperation and trade keeps increasing, and our exchanges and cooperation in education, culture and health etc. keep deepening.

This April, Minister Osman Saleh and Minister Yemane Ghebreab successfully visited China. They met with Chinese leaders and held in-depth discussions on strengthening China-Eritrea cooperation and other regional and international issues of mutual concern. In May, Minister Hagos Ghebrehiwet attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. In July, the CPC friendship delegation visited Eritrea and were warmly received. Broad consensus were reached on strengthening party-to-party communication and mutual learning.

The friendly cooperation between China and Eritrea is well-known among the Chinese and Eritrean peoples and is bringing more and more tangible benefits. China has been sending medical teams to Eritrea providing health services and training for 20 consecutive years. China provides Eritrea with dozens of governmental scholarships annually to support the human resource development of Eritrea. The Eritrean young students choose majors according to their needs and many of them have been back to devote themselves to Eritrea's national building. EIT, the aid project provided by the Chinese government, was handed over to Eritrea in July, which greatly promotes the development of Eritrea's higher education. A residential building project with 400 apartments and some solar energy related projects are also being carried forward. The Confucius Institute shows more Eritrea people and young students the charm of Chinese culture and language, and introduces to Chinese people the Eritrean cultural traditions and languages, which enhances our mutual understanding. More and more Chinese companies are looking to cooperate with Eritrean friends and make investments in Eritrea.

Dear friends,

With rich natural resources, harmonious society, hardworking people, Eritrea embraces considerable development potential. Under the leadership of President Isaias and PFDJ, Eritrea continuously made new achievements in economic and social development. We are happy for that and assure you our congratulations. I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate Asmara again on its being enlisted as World Cultural Heritage.

In future, we will keep working together with Eritrean friends, to strengthen our exchanges and mutual learning, enhance our win-win cooperation in each sector, deepen the friendship between our two countries and two peoples, and further our friendly cooperative relationship. It is not only good for the development of China and Eritrea, but also good for regional peace and stability.

Finally, May I propose a toast,

To the prosperity of China,

To the great future of Eritrea,

To the friendship between China and Eritrea and our two peoples,

To the happiness of all guests present,

Cheers!

Thank you!

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