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Speech by Ambassador Zhang Zuo at the Online Reception Cerebrating the 73rd Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China

2022-09-27 18:25

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen, 

Dear friends,

Good afternoon. Today we are gathered on line to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in North Macedonia, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to our friends from all walks of life who have long been concerned about and supporting the development of relations between China and North Macedonia, and to extend holiday greetings to our Chinese compatriots in North Macedonia.

This year is a crucial year for China to move towards modernization. In the past 73 years, especially after the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, the Communist Party of China has united and led the Chinese people, successfully promoted and expanded Chinese-style modernization, created a new form of human civilization, put an end to absolute poverty, and built a moderately prosperous society in all respects. There are more than 400 million people in the middle-income group. In 2021, China's total economic output accounted for 18.5% of the world economy, an increase of 7.2% compared to 2012. In the past 10 years, China's average contribution to world economic growth has exceeded 30%. China insists on realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation through Chinese-style modernization, and will make its contribution to maintaining world peace and promoting common development.

This year is a year of hard work for China to promote high-quality development. China has made every effort to overcome the impact of the COVID-19, and has offered the world a streamlined, safe and splendid Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. In the face of the complex and severe development environment at home and abroad, China has adhered to the general keynote of seeking progress in a stable manner, and efficiently coordinated epidemic prevention and control and economic and social development. In the first half of the year, China’s GDP increased by 2.5% year-on-year, the consumer price index (CPI) rose by 1.7% year-on-year, the import and export of goods denominated in RMB increased by 9.4%, and the trips of China-Europe freight trains and goods sent increased by 2% and 3% respectively. The long-term sound fundamentals of China's economy will not change. It will provide a strong driving force for the stability and recovery of the world economy and provide broader market opportunities for all countries.

This year is a testing year for the accelerated evolution of world changes. Standing at the height of bringing well-being to all mankind, President Xi Jinping intensively carried out the diplomacy events of heads of state, and attended many important events such as the Beijing Winter Olympics, the 14th BRICS Summit, the High-level Dialogue on Global Development and the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, to demonstrate China's confident and open demeanor as a great power and its firm and powerful role in promoting world peace. Over the past 73 years, China has adhered to the path of peaceful development, pursued an open strategy of win-win cooperation, promoted the common values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom for all mankind, and worked tirelessly for the lofty cause of peace and development. The door of China's opening up and friendly cooperation will always be open to the world. We welcome all parties to take the “China Development Express”.

Ladies and gentlemen, 

Dear friends,

This year is an important year for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will be held next month, which is a very important congress held at a critical moment in the new journey of building a socialist modern country in all aspects and marching towards the second centenary goal. The Congress will comprehensively summarize the major achievements and valuable experience of China's reform and development, comprehensively grasp the new requirements for the development of China's cause in the New Era and new journey, and the new expectations of the people, and formulate action programs and major policies. We will continue to actively promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind and contribute wisdom and strength to world peace and development and the progress of human civilization. China is willing to strengthen mutual learning with North Macedonia in governance and promote better development of our respective countries.

Ladies and gentlemen, 

Dear friends,

This year is a practical year for the development of China-North Macedonia relations. Not long ago, North Macedonia just celebrated Independence Day. President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to President Pendarovski, expressing his wish for our two countries to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation and jointly safeguard international justice for the benefit of both countries and peoples. In the past year, China and North Macedonia have continued to develop bilateral relations, worked together to meet the challenges of the epidemic, consolidated and expanded people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and steadily promoted economic and trade cooperation. According to the statistics of North Macedonia, the bilateral trade volume in 2021 is 944 million US dollars, an increase of 23.6% year on year. The KO, KK, FD expressways and other projects undertaken by Chinese enterprises in North Macedonia have progressed smoothly. The Joyson Safety Systems North Macedonia DOOEL invested by the Chinese company Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp. has nearly 1400 employees. The practical cooperation in various fields has yielded fruitful results, benefiting our two countries and peoples.

Next year will usher in the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and North Macedonia. China and North Macedonia are good friends who treat each other equally and respect each other. The Chinese side appreciates North Macedonia's adherence to the one-China principle, and is willing to deepen cooperation with North Macedonia on the basis of mutual respect and trust. We should consolidate the profound friendship we have accumulated over the past 30 years and work together to create a better next 30 years for China-North Macedonia relations.

Finally, please allow me to propose a toast.

For the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China,

For the prosperity of China and North Macedonia and the happiness of our peoples,

For the health and happiness of all the guests and friends. 


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