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Remarks by H.E. Sun Weidong at the Reception of 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
2017/09/30

(September 25th, 2017, Serena)

Honorable H.E. Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan,

Distinguished Federal Ministers of Pakistan, Chairmen of Political Parties,

Distinguished Guests, Ambassadors,

Ladies and gentleman, dear friends,

Good evening!

Thank you for all the distinguished guests present at the reception of 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.

We have so many friends gathering here tonight to share our joy of Chinese National Day. It is a true reflection that China-Pakistan friendship is a cross-board consensus from all walks of life in Pakistan. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for your firm support to our friendship!

Ladies and gentleman,

The world is undergoing profound changes. Peace and development remain the theme of the times. In the past 5 years, under the strong leadership of President Xi Jinping, China has made great achievements. We adhered to the path of peaceful development, advancing reform and opening up, and firmly promoting mutual beneficial and win-win cooperation.

China has been the second largest economy and it enjoyed a 6.9% economic growth in the first half of this year. We are full of confidence of the bright future of China’s development.

In the past 10 years, China has contributed to over 30% of global annual growth. Moreover, China is committed to offering its wisdom and solution to address world problems.

We believe that there should be a global partnership with dialogue over confrontation, partnership over alliance. We are committed to promoting the "Belt and Road" Initiative. We call on building a new type of international relations, featured by win-win cooperation. These claims have gained more and more recognition and support among the international community.

Next month, the Communist Party of China will convene its 19th National Congress. This will be of most importance in China’s political life this year. The Chinese people are striving for the Two Centenary Goals. We will build a moderately prosperous society by 2020. We are also taking confidence in building China into a modern socialist country by the middle of this century. We will definitely realize the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

A prosperous and strong China will make even greater contribution to world peace and development. We would like to share with the world our development opportunities. We are also ready to make joint efforts with all the countries to build the community of shared prosperity for mankind.

Ladies and gentlemen,

China-Pakistan relations are a model of state-to-state relations. No matter in past, at present or in future, China and Pakistan are always good neighbors, friends, partners and brothers. In 2015, President Xi Jinping paid a historic state visit to Pakistan and opened the golden age of grand development of China-Pakistan relations.

In recent years, we witnessed frequent high-level exchanges between China and Pakistan. The construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has entered into the stage of Early Harvest. CPEC has been playing an important role for Pakistan's economic and social development, and brought great benefits to the two peoples.

Our cooperation developed vigorously in the fields of trade and investment, culture, science and technology, education, defense and security. We witnessed more and more people to people contacts. We maintained close coordination in major international and regional affairs. China-Pakistan relations are full of opportunities, vitality with broad prospects.

China always puts the China-Pakistan relationship as the priority of its foreign policy. China will unswervingly deepen our all-weather strategic partnership, unswervingly support Pakistan’s efforts in safeguarding its national independence, sovereignty and dignity, and unswervingly support the development of Pakistan.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I have been working in Pakistan for more than four years. I have witnessed the economic and social development of Pakistan, and the improvement of security situation in the country. We congratulate Pakistan on these remarkable achievements.

Fighting against terrorism is a strategic decision of Pakistan. The great efforts and national sacrifices made by Pakistan for the cause of international counter-terrorism should be fully understood and acknowledged by the international community. China firmly supports Pakistan to carry out its counter-terrorism strategy based on its own national conditions. We will, as always, support Pakistan’s efforts in safeguarding its national sovereignty and security.

As a close friend, we are happy to see that Pakistan enjoys peace, stability, solidarity and prosperity. It is also conducive to regional peace and development. The Chinese people are proud of having Pakistan as our iron brother. Looking ahead, China will always stand with Pakistan to go through thick and thin, and make new progress side by side.

Ladies and gentlemen,

During my stay in Pakistan, I witnessed that China-Pakistan relations have been uplifted to a new level. I also established profound friendship with Pakistani friends from all walks of life. Although my tenure is limited, I firmly believe that the cause of China Pakistan friendship will be passed on from generation to generation, and our all-around cooperation will bear more and more fruits.

Let us work together to push China-Pakistan all-weather friendship to new heights, and make China-Pakistan relations a pioneer for international relations!

Long live China Pakistan friendship!

Thank you.

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