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Remarks by HE Ambassador Wu Xi at the Reception Celebrating the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

Honourable Ron Mark, Minister of Defence,

Mr Michael Swain,Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and trade,

Air Marshal Kevin Short, Chief of Defence Force,

Members of Parliament,

Dean and Members of Diplomatic Corps,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,


E ngā mana

E ngā leo

E ngā lau langatila mā

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou kātoa

Thank you all for joining us in celebrating the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. It is also the Mid-Autumn Festival today, a traditional Chinese festival for family reunion. I am really heartened to see so many friends with us on this very special day, and wish you all a happy Mid-Autumn Festival. 祝大家中秋快乐!

The past 69 years have been a truly remarkable journey in the course of the Chinese history. Thanks to the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China and the efforts of all Chinese people, we have blazed a path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The Chinese nation, which since modern times began had endured so much for so long, has achieved a profound transformation: it has stood up, grown rich, and is becoming strong; it has come to embrace the brilliant prospects of rejuvenation.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up. Tremendous achievements have been made over the past 40 years. Since the implementation of reform and opening-up in 1978, China’s GDP has averaged an annual growth rate of around 9.5%. More than 700 million Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty. China has become the world’s second largest economy, the largest industrial producer, the largest trader of goods, and the holder of the largest foreign exchange reserves.

China’s success not only improves the livelihood of the Chinese people, but also brings great opportunities for the world. Serving as the essential driving force for the world economy, China contributes over 30% to the growth of global economy. In 2013, President Xi Jinping put forward the Belt and Road Initiative with the aim to resolving the problems facing the world and regional economy. Since then, China’s trade with Belt and Road countries has exceeded $5 trillion and outward direct investment has amounted to over $60 billion, creating over 200 ,000 local jobs.

As President Xi Jinping put it in his keynote speech at Boao Forum for Asia last April, opening-up was key to China’s economic growth over the past 40 years and in the same vein, high-quality development of China’s economy in the future can only be achieved with greater openness. China will continue to adhere to its fundamental national policy of opening-up, and pursue development with its door wide open. It is a strategic decision made by China based on its need for development as well as a concrete action taken by China to move economic globalization forward in a way that benefits people across the world.

At the same time, no matter how much progress China has made in development, we will stick to the path of peaceful development. China will not threaten anyone else, nor will China attempt to overturn the existing international system, or seek spheres of influence.

In the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held early this month, President Xi Jinping stressed that China will follow a “five-no” approach in its relations with Africa, namely no interference in African countries' pursuit of development paths that fit their national conditions; no interference in African countries' internal affairs; no imposition of China’s will on African countries; no attachment of political strings to assistance to Africa; and no seeking of selfish political gains in investment and financing cooperation with Africa.

China will actively pursue global partnerships, firmly support multilateralism, and take an active part in reforming the global governance system. We remain committed to building a new type of international relations and promote a community with a shared future for mankind. We will stay as determined as ever to build world peace, contribute to global prosperity and uphold the international order.

China and New Zealand share extensive common interests in promoting peace, stability and development. It is by following principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit that China-New Zealand relationship has achieved concrete outcomes and brought tangible benefits to our peoples. Leaders of our two countries have stayed in close touch with each other through different channels. President Xi and Premier Li Keqiang had good interactions, meetings and written correspondence with Prime Minister Ardern, and we warmly welcome her to visit China with her family. This year, there have been 7 visits at or above ministerial level between our two countries, in particular, Party Secretary of Guangdong paid a successful visit to New Zealand in September.

In the first half of this year, the total volume of two-way trade in goods is close to 11.7 billion NZ dollars. With the ‘Skytrain’ joint exercise and the ‘Tropical Twilight’ exercise successfully held, bilateral military cooperation is making good headway. People-to-People exchanges are making steady progress. There are more than 50,000 Chinese students studying in New Zealand. The total number of Chinese tourists coming to New Zealand last year exceeded 400,000. Currently, China and New Zealand are working together on 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism, which will provide new impetus to the bilateral cultural exchanges. Later this year, Te Papa will host an exhibition of terracotta warriors, to kick start the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism.

China has always been attaching great importance to its relations with New Zealand. We stand ready to work with New Zealand to further promote and consolidate the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to bring tangible benefits to our two peoples, and to safeguard the international regime and multilateral trading system for a more peaceful, secure and prosperous world.

To conclude, I would like to propose a toast,

to the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China,

to the friendship between the Chinese and New Zealand people,

to the health of everyone here tonight.

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