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Chinese Embassy in New Zealand Holds Photo Exhibition to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

On September 16th, the Chinese Embassy in New Zealand held the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition of 'A Glorious Journey' at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China. Ambassador Wu Xi attended the event and delivered a speech. Nearly 300 people joined the event, including representatives from the political, business and cultural community in New Zealand, as well as overseas Chinese and international students.

In her remark, Ambassador Wu noted since the founding of the People's Republic of China was founded 70 years ago, remarkable achievements in economic and social developments have been made, especially since the start of reform and opening-up 40 years ago, China has risen from a poor and backward state to become the world's second largest economy. With the continuous improvement of the people's living standards and remarkable progress achieved in all areas, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era.

Ambassador Wu pointed out that reflecting on the 40-year journey of reform and opening-up, the Chinese people firmly believe that only by reform and opening-up can China develop itself. China has also proved to the world that openness brings progress, while closure leads to backwardness; unilateralism and protectionism will leave nations behind.

Ambassador Wu noted that China is moving closer to the center stage of world influence, making greater contributions to world peace and development, and propelling the progress of the human society. Guided by President Xi Jinping's thought on diplomacy, diplomacy with Chinese characteristics has entered a new phase. China will adhere to the path of peaceful development and the win-win strategy of opening-up to build a community of shared future for mankind.

Ambassador Wu noted that Rewi Alley, a great New Zealander and an old friend of the Chinese people, has made significant contributions to China's development and played an active role in China-New Zealand relations of friendship and cooperation. On August 20th, President Xi Jinping paid a visit to the Shandan Peili School founded by Rewi Alley.

Ambassador Wu noted that China-New Zealand relations have long been at the forefront of China's relations with developed countries.Over the past 47 years since our countries first established diplomatic ties, our friendship shows that so long as countries treat each other as equals, and view each other's development as opportunities rather than challenges, they can always find common ground and transcend their differences.

The Glorious Journey exhibition consists of four sections: Chinese Faces and Chinese Memories; Seeing China through New Zealand Eyes; China - New Zealand Relations; and Shared Vision and Future. Nearly 300 photos taken by Chinese and New Zealand photographers were on display. The exhibition recorded the 70-year glorious journey of the People's Republic of China, giving a unique glimpse of China's social progress and changes in people's lives. The exhibition will run from 16 September to 2 October 2019.

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