The Consulate-General of China in Adelaide Held the Reception Celebrating the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China

On September 17, the Consulate-General of China in Adelaide held the reception to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China at Adelaide Convention Centre. Mr. Steven Marshall, Premier of South Australia, Mr. Peter Malinauskas, State Opposition Leader, Ms. Vicky Chapman, Deputy Premier of South Australia, Mr. Martin Haese, Lord Mayor of Adelaide and nearly 400 guests from South Australian political, business, academic and media circles, Consulates in South Australia, Chinese enterprises, local Chinese and representatives of Chinese students attended the reception.

In his speech, Acting Consul-General Yuncai Mei said that the founding of New China 69 years ago marked the beginning of its exploration for building a strong country and delivering a better life for its peoples. Four decades ago, China embarked on its historic journey of reform and opening-up. China’s reform and opening-up has not only profoundly changed the country but also greatly influenced the world. Over the last four decades, the Chinese people have embraced the world with open arms and actively contributed our share to the world. Under the leadership of the Chinese Government, our focused endeavor in economic growth and commitment to reform and opening-up has brought enormous changes to the country. Today, China has grown into the world’s second largest economy, the largest industrial producer, the largest trader of goods, and the holder of the largest foreign exchange reserves. The Chinese people have emerged from a life of shortages and poverty and are now enjoying abundant supply and a moderately prosperous life. More than 700 million people have been lifted out of poverty, accounting for more than 70% of the global total over the same period. Even so, we are fully aware of the challenges we are faced with. China remains the largest developing country with its per capita GDP still at a low level. We still have over 30 million people living under the poverty line, and 15 million looking for jobs every year. Therefore, we have no reason to sleep on achievements and we know we have a long way to go. We have to work harder to enable our people to have a better and decent life.

Mr. Mei pointed out that advances in reform and opening-up will not only benefit both China and the world. More solid steps will be taken to deepen domestic reform. China’s door will not be closed. Instead, it will open even wider. China has lived up to its responsibility as a major country. From “bringing in” to “going global”, from WTO accession to the Belt and Road Initiative, China has made significant contributions to mitigating the Asian and the global financial crises. And contributing over 30% of global growth in recent years, China has become a key anchor and engine for the world economy and a positive force for global peace and development.

Mr. Mei emphasized that today’s world is undergoing unprecedented changes, presented with both opportunities and challenges. China’s commitment to reform and opening-up will not be undermined by the increasing threat of protectionism and unilateralism. Chinese President Xi Jinping has stated China’s principled stand on economic globalization and expressed China’s resolve to be its firm supporter on several major international occasions. China is ready to work with other countries to uphold free trade, open economy and the multilateral trading system. We will stick to the path of peaceful development, firmly support multilateralism, actively promote a community with a shared future for mankind.

When talking about China-Australia relations, Mr. Mei said that both China and Australia are important countries in the Asia Pacific region. A sound and steady relationship serves the interests of people on both sides. China is willing to further its ties with Australia. At the same time, we hope that Australia could view China’s development in an objective and rational way, work with us to enhance mutual trust and cooperation based on mutual respect and equal treatment and take concrete actions to improve the relations.

Mr. Mei said that the friendly relations between China and South Australia have a strong footing, overflow with vitality and hold massive potential. The practical cooperation between the two sides is ever deepening in the fields of trade and investment, science and technology, culture and education, as well as tourism and state-level exchanges. China has been the largest trading partner, largest export destination, largest source of imports and the top international students market for South Australia for many consecutive years. The flourishing economic and trade ties between our two have brought tangible benefits to both peoples and fuelled the steady growth of our economies. The State Government will open a trade office in Shanghai while Shandong Mutual Benefit Economic Office is nearly in place in Adelaide. Adelaide Chinese Visa Application Service Centre that opened in July will surely facilitate personnel exchanges between China and South Australia. As the Shandong display at the Royal Adelaide Show and the ongoing Shandong Culture Week showcase our attributes to the local community, South Australian businesses heading to the first China International Import Expo in November will be exposed to excellent opportunities for trade and investment. We believe the cooperation between our two sides will bear more fruitful results through our joint efforts.

Mr. Mei stated that local Chinese, as a bond and bridge, have been engaged in an active effort to integrate into local communities and earned themselves recognition and praise by contributing a great deal to South Australia. He would like to offer his heartfelt thanks and appreciation for what they have achieved. And he hopes all local Chinese and Chinese communities will show more solidarity and score new achievements.

In the speech Premier Steven Marshall gave to the guests, he extended his congratulations on the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and delivered his Mid-Autumn Festival greetings to local Chinese in Mandarin. Mr. Marshall acknowledged the great support of the Consulate-General in promoting bilateral cooperation and highly praised the local Chinese community for its contributions to the multiculturalism and economic development of South Australia. Mr. Marshall said that China is the largest trading partner of South Australia. The State Government has decided to set up a trade office in Shanghai. The Mutual Benefit Economic Office with Shandong will soon be opened in Adelaide. His government is willing to further strengthen exchanges with China in all fields and deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two sides.

Leader of South Australian Labor Party Mr. Peter Malinauskas also delivered a warm speech, appreciating China's tremendous achievements in the past 69 years.

The Consulate-General provided about a thousand bilingual books in dozens of types at the reception, introducing “Belt and Road”, Chinese calligraphy, painting, paper-cutting, literature, Chinese medicine, history, scenic spots and cultural heritage, as well as cartoon and Chinese learning books for children. They are warmly welcomed and widely acclaimed by the guests.

The ballroom was solemnly arranged in festive Chinese red and brimmed with joy and excitement. Guests from various circles spoke highly of the great achievements China has made since the founding of New China, especially in the past 40 years of reform and opening up. Local Chinese are more than proud of the economic development of China and have expressed their willingness to contribute to the friendly and practical cooperation between China and South Australia. The guests and the host cordially exchanged their wishes for China's peace and prosperity, as well as the long-lasting friendship between our two countries.

People's Daily Online, China News Service, China Radio International and local newspaper and social media also reported the reception.

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