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Address at the Reception in Celebration of the 68th National Day of the People's Republic of China by Consul General Ruan Ping of Consulate General of P.R.C. in Johannesburg

Distinguished guests, dear friends,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It's my great pleasure to have you with us to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. I would like to extend my warmly welcome to all friends and sincere greetings to the Chinese community, companies, medias and students in South Africa.

The founding of the new China 68 years ago ushered in the most profound change in the history of China. Led by the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people worked hard to press ahead, and has pioneered a path of development with success. In particular, China has been deepening reform and opening-up for nearly four decades. The Chinese economy has since been rising at high speed, with the society highly advanced, people's living standard greatly improved and more than 700 million people lifted off poverty.

The past five years is crucial in realizing the "Chinese dream" of the nation. Since the 18th Congress of Chinese Communist Party, under the leadership of the central committee of the Party, by taking a series of significant strategic moves and issuing a series of major policies as well as making concrete progress on many fronts, China has solved many challenging problems that it wanted to solve for a long time but couldn't, and done many tough jobs that it wanted to do in the past but didn't. As President Xi Jinping has pointed out, China's development is standing at a new historical starting point and socialism with distinctive Chinese features is poised to step into a new stage. The major achievements that have been made so far mean that the Chinese nation has taken three historic leaps. First, we stood up, from experiencing tribulations in modern times. Then, we became better-off. Now, we are getting powerful. It means that we have established, developed and broken new grounds of socialism in China. This also means that the Chinese practice has expanded the pathway to modernization for developing countries, thus providing "Chinese wisdom" and "Chinese solutions" to problems facing mankind.

This October will witness the 19th National Congress of the CPC. It is a key meeting when China's endeavour to build a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way enters the decisive stage. It will present comprehensive, strategic and foresighted guidelines for the future development and foreign relations of China. It has great bearings on forging ahead the causes of the Party and the fundamental interests of Chinese people. It is bound to have a profound influence on the development of China and its relation with the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends

In the first half of this year, the Chinese economy has maintained a momentum of steady and sound growth, with GDP expanding 6.9%. With the efforts of reform, innovation and restructuring, the Chinese economic growth has secured a major shift from being driven by investment to driven by consumption and innovation. The share of the service industry in the Chinese economy has increased to 54.1%. The final consumption contributed 63.4% to economic growth. Nowadays more and more Chinese people are running their own business and going for innovation. About 15,600 new businesses register every-working-day, and new industries, new formats as well as new models keep emerging at a fast pace. People's life has been made easier and better while jobs have been created in abundance. Moreover, more people are offered opportunities to make a real difference of their lives.

Aimed at fostering a community of shared future for mankind and realizing durable common development, China proposed the idea of planning together, building together for mutual benefits to the world. Deeply integrated into the global economy, China puts forward the vision of building a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation. China firmly upholds an open world economy and multilateral free trade regime while opposing protectionism. Being an active participator, China offers the Chinese solution to global governance.

This year, China has held Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing and 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen, pushing for economic globalization featuring openness, inclusiveness, balance and win-win cooperation benefiting all. The summits are also served to speeding up the reform of global economic governance as well as promoting greater representation and voice of emerging markets and developing countries.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

Currently, China-South Africa relationship has come into its best historical moment. The two countries enjoy unprecedented political and strategic mutual trust as well as profound friendship between our two peoples. The mutually beneficial cooperation have made new breakthroughs, in such areas as blue economy, production capacity, special economic zones, energy, infrastructure building and finance. Cooperation has been upgraded from conventional flow of trade to high value-added cooperation in investment and industry. China and South Africa are co-chairs of Forum of China-Africa Cooperation, and both key members of multilateral organizations such as BRICS, G20 and the United Nations. The bilateral cooperation enjoys broad prospects in the frames of these institutions and mechanisms.

The upcoming year of 2018 will mark the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between China and South Africa. And South Africa will host the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg. China is committed to deepening and enriching China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership. In reviewing the past progress of BRICS cooperation at Xiamen Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping summed up in three practices. First, treating each other as equals and seeking common ground while shelving differences. Second, taking a results-oriented, innovative approach to make our cooperation benefit all. Third, helping others to develop ourselves with well-being of the world in mind. With those concepts, China will provide new impetus and opportunities to support South Africa in its pursuit of social-economic transformation. China seeks to make China-South Africa relations more productive and beneficial so that South African people can feel and actually enjoy the concrete and fruitful results.

As Chinese Consulate, we offer a wide variety of services. We will continue to engage extensively with local governments, companies and all walks of life, bridging them with China. We will strive to facilitate mutual visits, promote people-to-people and cultural exchange as well as bilateral cooperation. We will further support the youth in playing a pioneering role so that the diversified cultures of China and South Africa will interact, resonate with and inspire each other. We encourage Chinese companies and local Chinese nationals to give full play to their talent, actively integrate into the local community and join local people in the chorus of common development.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends

Now may I propose a toast,

To the 68th anniversary of the People's Republic of China,

To the peace and prosperity of China and South Africa,

To the everlasting friendship between our two peoples,

To the health and success of all our guests,





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