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Speech by H.E. Ambassador Dong Xiaojun at the online reception on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China
2021-09-28

Ladies and gentlemen ,

Friends,

Good evening!

It gives me great pleasure to meet you here online and celebrate together the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria, I would like to extend our warm welcome to you all, and to express our sincere thanks to friends from all walks of life for their support to the development of China and the friendship between China and Bulgaria. Our special thanks go to H.E. Vice President Iliyana Yotova and all the friends who have delivered their warm congratulations to today’s event.

72 years ago, the Communist Party of China (CPC) united and led the Chinese people in fighting relentless battles, and founded the People’s Republic of China (PRC), hence secured the independence of the Chinese nation and liberation of the Chinese people. Over the past 100 years since the founding of the CPC and the 72 years since the founding of the PRC, the CPC has adhered to its historic mission to seek happiness for the Chinese people, rejuvenation for the Chinese nation, and harmony for the world. We have unswervingly advanced reform and opening up, founded, upheld, safeguarded, and developed socialism with Chinese characteristics, and promoted the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. The Chinese nation has achieved the tremendous transformation from standing up and growing prosperous to becoming strong. China’s national rejuvenation has become a historical inevitability.

Dear guests, friends,

Today, China's total economic volume is at over 100 trillion Yuan, and its GDP per capita has exceeded US$ 10,000. China has become the world's second largest economy, the largest industrial country, the largest trader in goods and the biggest holder of foreign exchange reserves. China's contribution to world economic growth has reached about 30%. We are grounding our work in the new stage of development to foster a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other.

Today, China has completely eliminated absolute poverty and built the world's largest social security system, with basic medical insurance covering more than 1.3 billion people, and basic pension insurance covering nearly 1 billion people. The rate of public satisfaction with the government has exceeded 93% for years in a row. We have built a moderately prosperous society in all respects and are now marching in confident strides toward the second centenary goal of building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects.

Today, based on its basic national policy of opening to the outside world, China is working with all parties in building the “Belt and Road” , and actively participating in the reform and building of the global governance system. In fighting Covid-19 pandemic, China has already provided 1.2 billion doses of finished and bulk vaccines to more than 100 countries and international organizations, contributing to the equitable distribution of vaccines worldwide. China will continue to act as a builder of world peace, contributor to global development, defender of the international order and provider of public goods, and to make greater contributions to the common good of mankind and to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Dear guests, friends,

Bulgaria is the second country in the world to establish diplomatic relations with PRC. Over the past 72 years, our two countries have regarded each other as important partners. Our bilateral relations have always developed smoothly on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. Our relationship entered a new stage of development following the announcement by Presidents Xi Jinping and Rumen Radev in 2019 to upgrade our bilateral relations to strategic partnership. We have witnessed increasingly frequent cultural and people-to-people exchanges and steady progress in investment and cooperation in the fields of agriculture, infrastructure, information technology, new energy and financial service. According to statistics by the General Administration of Customs of China, bilateral trade volume from January to July this year reached US$2.218 billion, an increase of 43.7% compared to the same period last year. Bilateral trade has achieved a basic balance. The currently raging pandemic can not block the ever closer economic and trade exchanges between our two countries or the sincere friendship between our two peoples who care to help each other.

At present, the COVID-19 pandemic is still wreaking havoc around the world. The road to global recovery remains bumpy and tortuous. Only through unity and cooperation can we overcome the difficulties together. China is ready to work with Bulgaria and the rest of the world to maintain and practice multilateralism and promote the building of a more prosperous, healthy and secure world.

May our great motherland be more prosperous, our people happy and healthy!

May the friendship between China and Bulgaria last forever!

Thank you!

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