Remarks by Ambassador Sun Ang at the Reception in Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China


Your Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda and Lady Williams,

Hon.Gaston Browne,Prime Minister,

Hon. Alincia Williams- Grant,President of the Senate  

Hon. Jamale Pringle,Leader of the Opposition

Hon. Ministers,

Your Excellency Brian Stuart-Young,Non-resident Ambassador to the People's Republic of China

Hon. Col. Sir Trevor Thomas,Chief of Defence Staff

Hon. Atlee Rodney, Commissioner of Police

heads of diplomatic corps,

Distinguished guests,Ladies and gentlemen

Good evening!

It is a great honor for me and my wife to invite you to the reception in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. On behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese Embassy, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all of you, and express my sincere gratitude to all the friends who have long been caring about China's development and supported the China-Antigua and Barbuda friendship.

October 1st this year witnesses the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. For the past seven decades, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people have forged ahead as a whole towards an open, prosperous and strong nation, and worked wonders one after another. We have made a leap forward from regaining dignity to becoming prosperous and strong, striding on the new journey of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

 ----- China's comprehensive national strength has achieved a historic leap. China was one of the poorest countries in the world at the time of its founding. However, China is now the world's second largest economy and the largest manufacturer whose economy has maintained growth with medium and high speed in the long term. Last year, China's GDP exceeded 90 trillion Chinese yuan (approximately 13.6 trillion US dollars), more than 170 times that in the early days of its founding, with GDP per capita nearing 10,000 US dollars now. China has the largest middle-income community in the world and is the second largest consumer of goods. It is developing into the world's largest market with contribution of more than 30% to world economic growth for years. China's social undertakings have made comprehensive progress with improved livelihood and emerging innovation drive, and topped in the world in fields including manned spaceship, deep sea exploration and supercomputer.

----- China's opening-up has borne bountiful fruits. Over the past 70 years, China has actively developed friendly cooperation with all countries in the world. Since the reform and opening-up, and jointly building high-quality Belt and Road Initiative in particular, China has gradually formed a new pattern of comprehensive opening-up. Now China ranks first globally in terms of trade in goods and foreign exchange reserve, and second in attracting foreign capital. Against the backdrop of emerging unilateralism and protectionism, and that of global economic decline, the Chinese government is firmly committed to developing a higher level of opening-up economy. As President Xi Jinping pointed out, China's opening-up to the outside world is not to seek the sphere of influence, nor to build China's own "backyard garden", but "a garden shared by all countries". We welcome other countries aboard the "express train" of China's rapid growth, jointly promote inclusive growth, and share the fruits of the world economic development.

------ The diplomacy with Chinese characteristics has achieved remarkable results. Over the past 70 years, China has always pursued an independent foreign policy of peace. It has always insisted that all countries are equal, and always been standing against interference in other countries' internal affairs as well as the act of bullying. China has deeply participated in the formulation of global governance and international cooperation in the areas including counter-terrorism, non-proliferation and climate change, played a constructive role in hot-spot issues as the DPRK nuclear issue, and supported the development of the UN peacekeeping with practical actions. China has always been a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, and a defender of international order. The world is experiencing profound shifts unseen in a century. China will take Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy as a guide, adhering to the path of peaceful development, practicing win-win cooperation, upholding the international system with the UN as the core, and safeguarding the international system based on international law, committed to making greater contributions to building a new international relationship and a community of shared future for mankind.

 Ladies and gentlemen,

This year marks the 36th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Antigua and Barbuda. As Confucius said, "one should be able to stand firm at the age of 30 and no longer suffer from perplexities at 40". The relationship between our two countries is like a man, who has grown along with the dual historic processes of China's reform and opening-up, and the independence of Antigua and Barbuda. It has become a model for the rest of the world featuring mutual respect, equality and win-win cooperation .

 The political friendship between the two countries enjoys the deep root. China was one of the first countries to recognize Antigua and Barbuda. China has actively supported the twin-island's economic and social development and safeguarded its legitimate rights and interests, viewing it as our reliable friend in the Caribbean region. Antigua and Barbuda highly endorses the Chinese concepts and firmly adheres to the One-China principle. Antigua and Barbuda is the first country in the region to join the Belt and Road Initiative. We are grateful for your valuable support on issues concerning Taiwan, Hong Kong, the reform of the Security Council, and the election of international organization posts. We appreciate it when the leaders of Antigua and Barbuda have clearly refuted the unwarranted accusations from another country in this hemisphere on China-Latin America cooperation. At present, we are stepping up the construction of our new embassy. It is a reflection of our firm confidence and long-term commitment to the relations between the two countries. We believe this compound will become a new milestone in our relationship.

The practical cooperation between us continues to deepen. The renovation and expansion of St. John's deep-water port, a key cooperation project between us, has been processing orderly; the construction of the two community center project will be completed in the middle of next year; agricultural technology cooperation are steadily pushed forward; the China-aid affordable housing project is underway; the Belt and Road Initiative cooperation is in full swing. China welcomes Antigua and Barbuda to participate in the Second China International Import Expo this coming November. China is willing to work with you on the principle of extensive consultation, joint contributions and shared benefits by acting on the development needs and economic complementarity of the two countries. We will carefully study the relevant cooperation initiatives proposed by Antigua and Barbuda; jointly explore the potential of cooperation in infrastructure, shipping, communications and finance; strengthen interconnection and coordinated development; facilitate visa application and investment measures; promote the transformation and upgrading of bilateral economic and trade relations.

The cultural exchanges between us witness remarkable achievements. Again, we congratulate Antigua and Barbuda on the opening of the fourth campus of the University of the West Indies. The university, based on the infrastructure built by Chinese government, is the first institution of higher education that provides full Bachelor's degree courses in the history of Antigua and Barbuda. It reflects the strategic deployment of the government of Antigua and Barbuda in the long run, and how deep China-Antigua and Barbuda friendship is. China is willing to support and participate in the future development of the university and deepens the scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries. My colleague and I hope to hold consultations with the government of Antigua and Barbuda, and management of the university on how to continue to support its future development. At the same time, I am very glad to announce that the Confucius Institute will be launched in Antigua and Barbuda shortly, which will be the first Confucius Institute in the Eastern Caribbean region. It is expected that the cooperation teams of the two sides will work closely to jointly build the Confucius Institute as a platform for Chinese language learning and cultural exchanges that meet the needs of the people here, and further consolidate the friendly tie between the two countries.

 Ladies and gentlemen,

President Xi said that China is undertaking a cause supported by the people from the world. On the occasion of celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, we will not forget the understanding and support from friendly countries. In face of the complicated changes on the international stage, we are willing to work with you under the Belt and Road Initiative to create a new China-Antigua and Barbuda relationship characterized by equality, mutual trust, innovation, openness and benefits, and committed to creating a better life for the two peoples and to building a community of shared future for mankind.

 Now please allow me to propose a toast,

To a prosperous and strong China and Antigua and Barbuda

To deeper friendship between China and Antigua and Barbuda,

To the peace and development of the world,



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