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Chinese Embassy Hosts On-line Event to Celebrate the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

On September 28, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Madam Hu Pinghua hosted an on-line reception for guests from all walks of life in the UK in celebration of the 71st Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

More than 500 guests attended the event on-line, including James Duddridge, Minister for Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Lord Howell, Lord Powell, Lord Sassoon, President of China-Britain Business Council, Lord O'Neill, Chair of Chatham House, Lord Mandelson, former First Secretary of State, Lord Davidson, Queen’s Counsel in Scotland, Lord Willetts, former Minister of State for University and Science, Mark Logan MP, Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary China Group (APPCG), Sir Douglas Flint, UK’s Special Envoy to the BRI, Anthony Samuels, Chairman of Surrey County Council, Jenny Gilruth, Minister for Europe and International Development of the Scottish Government, Frank Ross, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Frank McCoubrey, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Jim Montgomery, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cathal Mallaghan, Chair of Mid Ulster Council, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Chairman of China-Britain Business Council, Mark Tucker, Group Chairman of HSBC, José Viñals, Group Chairman of Standard Chartered, Stephen Perry, Chairman of the 48 Group Club, Sir Oliver Letwin, Fellow of the Legatum Institute and former Member of Parliament, Martin Albrow, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Ed Byrne, President & Principal of King's College London, Colin Bailey, President of Queen Mary University of London, Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Warwick, Bob Cryan, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Phil Diamond, Director General of the Square Kilometre Array Organization (SKAO), James Williams, Managing Director of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ian MacGregor, Editor Emeritus of Telegraph Media Group, and other representatives from the British government, parliament, industry and business, science, education, culture, and media sectors, as well as members of London diplomatic corps, Zheng Xiyuan, Ma Qiang, and Zhang Meifang, Consul Generals of China in Manchester, Edinburgh, and Belfast respectively, So Yuen-ling, Director-General of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, Fang Wenjian, Chairman of China Chamber of Commerce in the UK (CCCUK), Chu Ting Tang, President of London China Town Chinese Association (LCTCA), Zhang Feng, President of Chinese Students and Scholars Association UK (CSSA-UK), and representatives from the overseas Chinese community, Chinese students and Chinese companies in the UK.

The reception started with the powerful and heroic melody of the Chinese national anthem March of the Volunteers.

In his speech, Ambassador Liu said, since New China was born 71 years ago, tremendous changes have taken place in the country. Today, China has taken on a new look. Under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China and thanks to the painstaking efforts of the Chinese people, China has made great leaps from gaining independence to becoming prosperous and growing strong, and created a miracle in the history of human development.

Ambassador Liu pointed out that 2020 is an extraordinary year. “The COVID-19 pandemic added complication on top of the world’s ongoing profound changes unseen in a century. China has met the difficulties head on, forged ahead in solidarity and cooperation with other countries, and made new contribution to the peace and development of mankind,” said the Ambassador.

First, China has lived up to its responsibility as a big country and contributed to global solidarity in the fight against COVID-19. In face of the unexpected outbreak of the disease, China has put people’s lives and interests first, tackled the extraordinary challenge with extraordinary measures, won the decisive battle against the virus, and protected people's lives and health to the greatest extent possible. “China has joined hands with the rest of the world to tide over the tough times, and took concrete actions to provide strong support for the global fight against COVID-19,” Ambassador Liu added.

Second, China has played its due role and injected confidence in world economic recovery. In face of the devastating impact of the pandemic and the severe challenge of the global economic downturn, the Chinese economy has shown remarkable resilience and enormous potential, and demonstrated a robust momentum of recovery, making China the first economy to register growth. “In the post-pandemic era, China will remain an engine and an opportunity for the world economy. With its domestic economic recovery, China will drive global recovery and help restore world economic prosperity at an early date,” remarked the Ambassador.

Third, China has been fulfilling its global responsibility and providing solutions to world peace and development. China holds high the banner of multilateralism and openness and cooperation, works vigorously to promote a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation and participates actively in global governance and international cooperation. China is committed to peaceful, open, cooperative and common development. It stands ready to work with other countries to uphold peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom, which are values shared by all, and to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

Ambassador Liu noted that the past 71 years have witnessed remarkable progress in China-UK relations despite ups and downs. It is demonstrated that China and the UK are mutually beneficial partners, and the development of China-UK relations not only serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples but also contributes to world peace and prosperity. It is of great importance that both China and the UK abide by three principles to make this relationship successful.

The first principle is that China and the UK should respect each other and maintain the political foundation of China-UK relations. “We should adhere to a historical and strategic perspective, keep in mind the fundamental interests of each other, respect each other, treat each other as equals, regard each other as opportunities rather than threats and rivals, and strengthen strategic dialogue to deepen political mutual trust,” said the Ambassador.

Second, China and the UK should pursue mutually beneficial outcomes and expand common interests. “China and the UK should seize the opportunity and continue to dovetail our respective development strategies, leverage our respective strengths, promote better connectivity of our markets and resources, and make the pie of common interests bigger, so as to deliver concrete benefits to our two peoples,” Liu added.

Third, China and the UK should properly manage differences and keep China-UK relations moving in the right direction. The two sides should always remain rational and mature, stand on the right side of history, oppose the so-called “new cold war” and “decoupling” rhetoric, engage in communication and dialogues, reduce and eliminate the “understanding deficit” and the “trust deficit” and continue accumulating and expanding consensus. “We should overcome the current difficulties, bring the relationship back on the right track at an early date, and deliver more benefits to our two countries and beyond,” said the Ambassador.

In closing, Ambassador Liu said, “The changing international situation and the raging of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot stop China and the UK from working together for win-win cooperation. Nor will they shake the confidence of people from all walks of life in both countries to seek common development and promote friendship. I am confident that China and the UK will emerge from the pandemic with stronger relationship, broader cooperation and deeper friendship between our peoples.”

In his speech, Minister Duddridge extended his sincere greetings and best wishes to the Chinese people. He mentioned the telephone conversations between Prime Minister Johnson and President Xi earlier this year, who resolved to work together for the benefits of both peoples of China and the United Kingdom. He said, the UK wants to develop a positive relationship with China. The two countries have helped and collaborated with each other in fighting the pandemic, which is important to ensure global access of COVID-19 vaccines and effective treatments. The two countries have also created achievements in trade, education and culture exchange.

“We very much welcome President Xi’s announcement last week that China will reach carbon neutral by 2060. It is a clear example for others to follow,” said the Minister. The UK and China should work together on the world stage, make joint efforts to ensure the success of 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow hosted by the UK and the 15th UN Conference of the Parties on Biodiversity hosted by China, and set example for the world to move towards net zero, he said.

During the reception, three short films entitled China 2020 Putting People First-Always, China and the World and China-UK Relations were screened. With videos, pictures and facts and figures, these films tells the stories of how the Chinese Communist Party has led the Chinese people to make tremendous achievements over the past 71 years since the founding of New China, demonstrates the political nature of the Chinese Communist Party in adhering to the priority of the Chinese people and leading the nation to combat the epidemic and eliminate poverty, presents the enormous opportunities that China’s development has brought to the world, and showcases the significant progress of China-UK relations in the past 71 years despite wind and rain.

The guests commended China on its achievements over the past 71 years and spoke highly of China’s anti-epidemic achievements and its commitment and contribution to the global cooperation in containing the virus. They said that they have full confidence in China’s development and China’s ability to drive the world economic recovery in the post-pandemic era and expressed their wishes that China-UK relationship would continue to make steady and sound progress.

Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily, CCTV, Phoenix Television, and other media reported on the on-line reception.

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