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Ambassaodr Zheng Zeguang talks about "five China's stories" at National Day reception

On 28 September, at the Online Reception Celebrating the 72nd Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China, Ambassador Zheng Zeguang talked about China’s stories from five aspects.

This is a China that puts the people front and centre and focuses on high-quality development. In the fight against Covid-19, China has always regarded the safety of people's lives as the top priority and taken firm and effective measures. China was the first country to control the spread of the virus, and continued working vigorously to prevent the import and spread of new variants, so as to consolidate the hard-won prevention and control achievements. On the economic front, China is fully and accurately implementing the new development concept, i.e., innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development. This will enable the country to foster a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other so as to achieve high-quality development. The sustained and steady recovery of China's economy contributes to the stable and smooth operation of the global industrial and supply chains, and injects strong impetus into global economic recovery.

This is a China that is opening up at a higher level and ready to share its opportunities with the world. China will only open its market wider to the world at a higher level. At the opening ceremony of the recently held 2021 China International Fair for Trade in Services, President Xi Jinping announced four new measures including opening up the service sector at a higher level. From November 5th to 10th, China will host the fourth China International Import Expo. Businesses from all countries are welcomed at the CIIE to benefit from China’s enormous market.

This is a China that promotes fairness, better life and common prosperity for the people. Common prosperity is a goal that the Chinese nation has been pursuing for thousands of years. It is also an intrinsic feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics. During 40 plus years of reform and opening up, China has lifted 770 million rural residents out of poverty under the current standard. Putting the people at the centre, China has given greater priority to closing the gaps between regions, between the urban and rural areas, and between different income groups. The country has entered a historical stage to focus on achieving common prosperity for all our people.

This is a China that promotes world peace and upholds international justice. China is always holding high the banners of peace, development and win-win cooperation. It follows an independent foreign policy of peace, remains committed to peaceful development, and promotes the building of a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind. China stands ready to join hands with other countries to champion the universal values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom, and uphold the international system with the United Nations at the core and the international order with international law as the basis. China strongly opposes hegemony and power politics, and strongly rejects Cold-War mentality, creation of coteries, and other moves that would lead to division or confrontation. China has never bullied, oppressed or enslaved other nations, and will never allow any external force to bully, oppress or enslave its own people. Attempts to contain or besiege China never succeeded in the past and are doomed to fail in the future. No force can stop the Chinese people from making further progress.

This is a China that honours its commitments and shoulders its due responsibilities. China has actively supported the international response to the pandemic and global economic recovery. China has provided two billion US dollars in aid to other developing countries; donated Covid control supplies to more than 150 countries and 13 international organisations; offered over 1.25 billion doses of finished and bulk vaccines to more than 100 countries and international organisations; and will strive to provide a total of two billion doses to the world by the end of this year. On tackling climate change and preserving bio-diversity, China has been true to its belief that man and nature should coexist in harmony and accelerated green and low-carbon development. Its goal is to peak carbon emissions before 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. That means the country will leap from carbon peak to carbon neutrality in a much shorter time than the developed countries did. This is China’s positive contribution to the global efforts in realising the climate goals set in the Paris Agreement.

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