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Remarks by Consul-General Dr. Xu Jie on the Occasion of Celebrating the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

In celebration of the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Brisbane hosted a reception on September 28th , 2017. Consul-General Dr. Xu Jie delivered remarks at the reception and the full text reads as follows:


Hon. Dr. Anthony Lynham MP, Representative of the Premier, Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines,

Mr. Steve Minnikin MP, Representative of the Opposition Leader, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Multicultural Affairs,

Cr. Vicki Howard, Representative of Lord Mayor of Brisbane,

Members of Parliament, Mayors, Councilors,

Colleagues from Consular Corps,

Representatives of Chinese communities, businesses, and students,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Good evening!

Welcome you all to join us in celebrating the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. On behalf of Chinese Consulate-General, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to friends from all walks of life who have long been concerned about China's development and supported China-Australia, China-Queensland friendship. 

As you may have noticed that we have a Chinese Stories 2017 photography exhibition today. One of the photos taken in April this year, shows that a young Australian named Tim Clancy, is using a mobile phone to scan a QR Code for payment in a vegetable market in Hangzhou, China. Tim has lived in China for six years. If he were here tonight, I believe he would tell you with his own experience how mobile payment changed lives of the Chinese people. This is but a epitome of China's enormous achievements in economic and social development.  

Over the past 68 years, particularly the recent 40 years of reform and opening up, great changes have taken place in China. People have experienced a historic leap from poverty, subsistence-level to overall prosperity. China has become the world's second largest economy, the largest trader of goods and the second largest foreign investor. In 2016, China's GDP exceeds USD 11 trillion, with a per capita GDP of more than USD 8,100, contributing over 30% to global economic growth.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At present, China is deepening reform in an all-round way and injecting strong impetus into economic development. People's living standards have been improving and their lifestyles have undergone unprecedented changes. Today, people text messages instead of writing letters, talk on WeChat instead of making phone calls. More and more cyclists are now car owners, bicycles become fitness tools. Shopping online has become a fashion. More and more Chinese people travel abroad to see a bigger world. High-speed rail, mobile payment, sharing cycle, and e-commerce are seen as the 'New Four Inventions' that changed China.

China's economy has maintained steady and relatively fast growth this year amid the slow pace of global economic growth. In the first half of this year, China's economy grew by 6.9% compared with the same period last year, adding 7.35 million jobs. The value-added of the tertiary industry accounted for 54.1% of GDP, and the total volume of import and export rose 19.6% year on year.

China is committed to peaceful development and contributes actively our wisdom in promoting world peace and development. This year China has successfully held the One Belt And One Road International Cooperation Forum in Beijing and BRICS Summit in Xiamen. We will promote a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation, build a community of shared future for mankind and provide China's proposals and solutions for global governance.

This October, the Chinese Communist Party will hold its 19th National Congress. This is a very important conference as China is striving to achieve its goal of building a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way. The Congress will review the Party's work over the past five years, and thoroughly examine the current international and domestic situations. By taking into account the new requirements for the development of the Party and the country as well as new expectations from the people, it will draw out guidelines and policies that meet the call of the times, thus creating new prospect for socialism with Chinese characteristics. The Congress is expected to have significant and far-reaching impact on China's future as well as its relations with the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This year is important for the development of  China-Australia relations. Premier Li Keqiang made a successful official visit to Australia in March. The two sides agreed to further broaden and deepen the bilateral cooperations, adding stronger momentem to the relationship. The China-Australia Year of Tourism has yielded positive results. China-Australia Free Trade Agreement will release more dividends.  By the end of this year, China and Australia will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. It will be a good opportunity for us to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future.

Queensland is an active force in the development of China-Australia relations. Over the past two months since I assumed office, I have deeply felt the friendship between China and Queensland, and the solid foundation of economic and trade cooperation, the fruitful achievements of educational, scientific and technological cooperation, the vitality of people-to-people exchanges and the great prospect of tourism cooperation. I have met politicians, business elites, scholars and friends in Queensland, fully felt the sincere expectations and good wishes to further deepen China-Australia, China-Queensland relations. I am also impressed by the charm of the multicultural society of Queensland. 

It is pleasing that our pragmatic cooperation in various fields constantly yield results. At present, more than 60 Chinese companies have invested in Queensland and the actual investment stock is about AUD30 billion. In 2016, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Queensland was 484,000, with a year-on-year increase of 21.4%. Chinese tourists spent more than AUD1billion in Queensland, up 6.8% from a year earlier. Hainan airlines has launched a direct flight from Shenzhen to Brisbane this month, following the opening of the direct routes to Brisbane by Southern Airlines and Eastern Airlines. More Chinese airlines will open routes to cities of Queensland this year, and more Chinese tourists are expected to visit Queensland.

I am very glad to see that the first batch of the projects of Industrialization Partnership Program have successfully docked with the their Chinese partners. The frequent cultural and educational exchanges between China and Queensland have been deepening, the youth exchanges have become more active. In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia, a short vedio competition themed When koala Meets Panda will be officially launched in Brisbane on October 1st.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I also want to say a few words to my fellow Chinese. The overseas Chinese who live, study and work in Queensland are the bridges and folk envoys of China-Australia, China-Queensland friendship. I hope that you will continue to inherit and carry forward the fine Chinese traditions, actively integrate into mainstream, and make greater contribution to local community and friendly cooperation between China and Australia and that between China and Queensland. We will soon also celebrate the coming Mid-Autumn Festival. On festive occasions more than ever we think of our dear ones faraway, and I wish you all a happy Mid-Autumn Festival.

Last but not least, I would like to propose a toast, for the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, for friendship between our two peoples, and for the health and happiness of all guests and your families!


Thank you all!

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