Remarks by Ambassador Yi Xianliang at the Reception for the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of People's Republic of China & 65th Anniversary of China-Norway Diplomatic Relations

Your Excellency Mr. Harald T. Nesvik, Minister of Fisheries and Seafood,

Excellencies, Dear friends,

God Dag!

Thank you and welcome to the reception for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 65th anniversary of China-Norway Diplomatic relations.

In the past 70 years, China has undergone tremendous changes and created development miracles in human history. It has become the greatest period in China's 5,000 years' civilization.

70 years ago, China was extremely poor and underdeveloped. Our one year's GDP at that time equalled only to that of one day today. China was among the countries with the highest poverty rates in the world, with annual national income per capita of only 70 dollars and average life expectancy of 35 years. There were nearly no modern industry and we had to import commodities like matches and nails from abroad. And we were neglected and excluded from international system.

70 years later, China's GDP has reached 13.6 trillion US dollars, and contributed more than 30 percent to the world economy for almost one decade. The national income per capita has reached nearly 10,000 US dollars. China has successfully alleviated over 700 million people out of poverty and the average life expectancy now is 77. China has turned into a country of the most comprehensive industry categories, and played a leading role in infrastructure and IT industries. China has become an internationally recognized promoter of world peace, a contributor to global development and an upholder of the international order.

The achievements of the past 70 years of China are not charitable givings from others, neither is it something we stole or forcibly took from others. They were earned through the hard work of the Chinese people and win-win cooperation with international community including Norway.

However, even with these achievements, as a country which develops with a huge population of 1.4 billion, China still faces greater challenges than any other country in the world. Since we will realize the goal of alleviating absolute poverty in China by next year, yet the relative poverty problem will last for a longer time. In this sense, China remains to be a developing country. We will continue to meet various challenges, such as sustaining economic and social development, helping the people realize the pursuit for a better life, combating more frequent natural disasters caused by climate change and issues of protectionism and unilateralism.

China will not hold back in time of difficulties and we will continue to forge ahead and manage our own affairs as well as possible.

First, we will firmly follow the development path chosen by all Chinese people.

Secondly, we will adhere to reform and opening up. Though unilateralism and protectionism are prevalent at the moment, China's open door will not be closed--it will only be opened wider.

Thirdly, China will stick to the rule of law and ensure greater transparency in the exercise of power.

Fourthly, China will continue its support to multilateralism and peaceful development, be committed to promoting win-win cooperation among all countries. The past 70 years has fully proved that a better China will serve the world better, and the more developed China is, the more contribution will it make to the world. At the same time, we hope the outer world can uphold an objective attitude towards China, understand more and give more support to China.

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

This year also marks the 65th anniversary of China-Norway diplomatic relations. You present here today are the participants and contributors of China's development and China-Norway relations. With your support, the development of China-Norway relations maintain a good momentum after the setback. Statistics from the Norwegian side show that the trade volume between China and Norway reached 11.97 billion US dollars in 2018, up by 9.5 percent. Norway invests over 20 billion US dollars in China and China invests more than 2 billion in Norway. The number of personnel exchanges has reached nearly 300,000.  I am glad to see the vitality and huge potentiality of our relations and at the same time, I sense more responsibilities for my job as the nineteenth ambassador which began for two and half months ago. Thus today's reception also marks my assumption of office.

Before I came here, I learned that China and Norway have signed over 40 cooperation agreements covering various fields. And the majority of the over 400 international and multilateral conventions China acceded to, have Norway as a party. China and Norway have commonality, consensus and common interests in a broad range of areas. Both countries pursue a secure and stable environment domestic and abroad. Both countries advocate for sustainable development and our economies have complementary advantages. Both countries firmly support multilateralism and free trade, tackle climate changes responsibly. In the past 3 decades, Norway has been mediating international disputes and contributes almost one percent of its annual GDP to international aid. China commits to building a community with a shared future for mankind and has been providing substantial aid to other developing countries through South-South Cooperation. China dispatches the largest number of peacekeeping personnel among permanent members of the UN Security Council, and contributes 15 percent of the UN peacekeeping budget.

I do believe, China and Norway will see greater development if two sides continue to broaden consensus, tap potential, and step up cooperation.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The future and destiny of China and the world have never been so closely linked as they are today, nor are the common interests of China and Norway as broad and deep as they are now. The new era and new challenges call for more unity and cooperation, providing sound opportunities for a higher level and broader areas for China-Norway cooperation. It is time for us to take advantage of the trend, seize the opportunities and work together for another splendid 65 years for China and Norway relations.

Now I would like to propose a toast: 

For the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China,

For the 65th anniversary of China-Norway diplomatic relations,

For the friendship and cooperation of the people of two countries,

For the peace and prosperity of the world,


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