Remarks by Ambassador Ni Jian at the Online Reception
驻阿联酋使馆
2021/09/30

 

Remarks by Ambassador Ni Jian at the Online Reception

To Celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of the Founding of

The People's Republic of China

 

Your Excellency Minister Ahmed Al Sayegh,

Ambassadors, Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Welcome to today's online reception to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

 

Seventy-two years ago, the solemn founding of the People's Republic of China marked the rebirth of the Chinese nation from the burning ashes. It has since embarked on a great journey towards the prosperity of the country, the rejuvenation of the nation, and the happiness of the people. Under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese people have made remarkable development achievements through tenacious struggle. The world now marvels at the "China Speed"; Chinese culture is popular around the world; "Made in China" has earned a global reputation; and "China Proposals" bring benefits to the entire humankind. 

 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. Since the early day of its founding, the Party has made seeking happiness for the Chinese people and rejuvenation for the Chinese nation as its aspiration and mission. Over the past 100 years, the Party has united and led the Chinese people in fighting battles with unyielding determination, and achieving great successes in the new-democratic revolution, socialist revolution and construction, reform and opening up, and socialist modernization with Chinese characteristics in the new era. We have attained the first centenary goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects. We have historically put an end to absolute poverty, and we are marching ahead towards the second centenary goal of building a strong, modern socialist country. The Chinese nation has achieved the tremendous transformation from standing up and growing prosperous to becoming strong. China's national rejuvenation has become a historical inevitability.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

The sudden outbreak of COVID-19 has proved in a hasty yet tragic way that virus respects no borders and makes no distinctions between races, and all mankind is a community with a shared future. China has been actively engaged in the research, development and production of COVID-19 vaccines. By the end of this August, China's vaccines in Phase III clinical trials accounted for 28% of the world's total. Through foreign aid, export and joint production, we have provided more than 1 billion doses to the international community, more than any other country in the world. China has provided 2 billion US dollars in aid to pandemic-hit developing countries, to help them fight the virus and restore economic and social development. We have also provided material assistance to more than 150 countries and 13 international organizations, and supplied more than 280 billion masks, 3.4 billion protective suits and over 4 billion testing kits globally, which offers strong support to the global fight against the pandemic and contributes to building a community of health for all.

 

In face of the serious threat posed by pandemic, the Party and the Government of China have put people and their lives first. In the shortest possible time, China effectively contained the COVID-19 domestically, and restored economic and social development in an orderly manner. In 2020, China's GDP reached the 100-trillion-yuan threshold for the first time, up by 2.3% to last year, making it the only major economy to have achieved positive growth last year. In the first half of 2021, China's economy maintained a steady growth momentum: the GDP increased by 12.7%; production demand was on the rise; employment and prices were generally stable; new growth drivers were developing rapidly; quality and efficiency improved steadily; and market entities expected positive results, showing strong economic resilience and great market vitality.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

True friendship transcends thousands of miles and stands stronger than metal and stone. Confronted with the evolving pandemic, the people of China and the UAE have worked together to overcome the difficulties and promoted the steady long-term development of our comprehensive strategic partnership. Our practical cooperation in various areas has made remarkable achievements:

 

-We cement China-UAE special friendship with deepened political mutual trust. Sheikh Mohammed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, wrote a letter to President Xi Jinping to warmly congratulate the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. Chairman Li Zhanshu of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China held a virtual meeting with Saqr Ghobash, Speaker of the Federal National Council of the UAE, reaching broad consensus on developing bilateral relations and inter-parliamentary exchanges. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid a successful visit to the UAE, during which he put forward a five-point proposal for achieving security and stability in the Middle East and exchanged in-depth views on regional and international situations with the UAE leaders. China and the UAE have supported and coordinated closely with each other on issues of core interests and major concerns, promoted the solidarity and cooperation of the international community, and safeguarded regional peace and security.

 

-We work together to fight the pandemic of a century with a strong sense of responsibility. China and the UAE have collaborated in the world's first Phase-III international clinical trials of an inactivated COVID-19 vaccine, with an aim to provide a powerful weapon for mankind to defeat the virus. The two sides have also cooperated in building the Hayat-Vax production facility with an annual output of 200 million doses, making the UAE a regional vaccine production, distribution and transportation hub that could benefit a large number of developing countries. China fully supports the UAE's national vaccination program, and helps the UAE become one of the most vaccinated countries in the world. The UAE has also actively assisted China in setting up a "Spring Sprout" vaccination site for Chinese citizens in Dubai, making important contributions to the well-being of overseas Chinese.

 

-We expand practical cooperation in an enterprising spirit. China-UAE high-quality cooperation programs under the "Belt and Road" framework are being steadily advanced. The China-UAE Industrial Capacity Cooperation Demonstration Park, Khalifa Port Container Terminal, and Etihad Rail Phase 2 undertaken by Chinese companies are progressing smoothly. The joint program of a wholesale market for agricultural, livestock and fishery products and the China-UAE integrated crop-livestock production demonstration project are pushed forward in order. The date palm seedlings donated by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed will soon take root in the Chinese soil. The program to teach Chinese language in 200 UAE schools has made great strides, with 142 public schools in the UAE expected to offer the Chinese language teaching within this year. Our exchanges and cooperation in different areas as science and technology, culture, health, finance, and well-being of the disabled people have also achieved fruitful results.

 

-We explore mankind's future development with broad horizons. China's Tianwen-1 and the UAE's Hope probe keep each other company in their Mars explorations. The UAE attended China's Pujiang Innovation Forum as the first guest country of honor among the Arab countries, fully demonstrating the broad prospects of our cooperation in innovation. Our special envoys on climate issues had an in-depth exchange on climate change and sustainable development, making joint contributions to a beautiful home for mankind.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

This year coincides with the Golden Jubilee, the 50th anniversary of the UAE. During the half-century journey, under the wise guidance of Founding President Sheikh Zayed and other UAE leaders, the brave and intelligent UAE people have always striven for the first place in the world, and built the UAE into a world-renowned center of international trade, finance, tourism and innovation. The UAE also vigorously advocates openness, tolerance and humanitarianism, and promotes regional and international peace and stability. The UAE as elected non-permanent member of the UN Security Council from 2022 to 2023 with high votes reflects the international community's broad-based acknowledgement of the unique role played by the UAE.

 

Tonight, the 2020 Dubai World Expo will hold its grand opening ceremony. As the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, it will showcase the UAE's recent accomplishments in economic diversification, progress in technological innovation, and prosperity of culture and art. It will also provide an important platform for all mankind to jointly discuss socio-economic sustainable development and global governance in the "post-COVID" era. China actively participates in the Dubai World Expo and has built its own mega-pavilion. The "Light of China" is a smart combination of traditional Chinese elements and modern technology. It focuses on global issues such as innovation and opportunities, communication and cooperation, development and sustainability, and promotes China's proposals to seek common development and build a community with a shared future for mankind. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Dubai World Expo a complete success, and invite all the guests to visit the China Pavilion.

 

At the beautiful historical intersection between the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party and the 50th anniversary of the UAE, China is ready to work together with the UAE to ride on the momentum and jointly create a better future for bilateral relations!

 

Finally, May our great motherland a happy birthday! May China-UAE friendship last forever! May the people of our two great countries enjoy happiness and good health

 

Thank you.

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