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Consul General Sun Dali holds 66th National Day Reception in Johannesburg

On 1st October, 2015, Mr. Sun Dali, Chinese Consul General in Johannesburg, held a reception at the Consulate General to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Ms. Ntombi Mekgwe, Speaker of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Ms. Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, Chairwoman of Committees of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Major General E.L.Molale, Thabong Cluster Commander of South African Police Service attended the reception. The celebrations were also participated by around 200 guests, including representatives from the Consular Corps, industrial and commercial circles, culture and education sectors, media and Chinese communities, Chinese institutions and Chinese students in South Africa.

Consul General Sun Dali made a key-note speech, introducing that over the past 66 years since the founding of the People's Republic, China has made a huge leap forward and achieved unprecedented economic and social growth, especially in the course of the past three decades of reform and opening up .

Consul General Sun pointed out that China is a positive force for world and regional peace, as well as a major driving force for the promotion of the world economic development. The year of 2015 marks the Year of China in South Africa. The Consulate General held a series of events and a total of 25 seminars to boost the bilateral relations between the two sides. The Consulate General is committed to making joint efforts with various parities from its consular district to further promoting bilateral concrete cooperation and helping improve the living and working conditions of the overseas Chinese within its consular district.

Ms. Ntombi Mekgwe, Speaker of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature made a speech on behalf of the South African side, extending warm congratulations to the Chinese government and the Chinese people on the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. She applauded the great achievements made by China since its founding, She was convinced that there would be a significant gain in learning from the success of China for other developing countries such as South Africa. She expressed the commitment that South Africa, especially the Gauteng Province will play a positive role in and make contributions to the strengthening of understanding and friendship between South Africa and China.

The Consulate General was decorated with lanterns and flowers for the reception. Pictures were displayed in the reception hall, illustrating China's development and progress as well as people's happy life. In addition, over 7000 books about China provided by the Consulate General to guests were well received.The Consulate General and the guests all had a happy National Day and wished to further develop the bilateral ties and thus benefit both countries and their peoples.

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