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Chinese Consul General Dr.Huang Qinguo's Remarks at the Reception Celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the Founding of the Peoples'Republic of China

His Excellency the Honorable Wayne Martin, AC Administrator of the State of Western Australia,

The Honorable Premier Colin Barnett,

The Honorable leader of the opposition Mc Gowan,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening,

We gather here tonight to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. First of all, on behalf of Chinese Consulate General in Perth, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all of you , the distinguished guests.

Chinese Consul General Dr.Huang Qinguo addresses the 65th National Day Reception

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, 42nd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia and 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Chinese Consulate General in Perth .On this important and auspicious day, it is my great honor to share with you China's development achievements, renew friendship and plan a brighter future of cooperation between China and Australia.

65 years ago, Chairman Mao Zedong announced the founding of the People's Republic of China, marking the Chinese nations' entering into a brand new era. Facing the situation of being poor and weak and with so many things waiting to be improved, the hardworking intelligent Chinese people have made great achievements in the world's economic development by the leadership of the Communist party of China. Tremendous changes have taken place in China , shifting from a poor country to the world's second economy, the country with ancient civilization unleashed unprecedented vigor and vitality . Especially after China's reform and opening-up policy was adopted in 1978, its economy has entered a golden period of rapid development. The overall national strength and international influence has grown considerably, the foreign trade scale has expanded continuously with the total import and export volume ranking the first in the world. The infrastructure construction and basic industries have developed notably and the people's living standards have been significantly improved. The sustained and stable development of China's economic society has not only benefited its 1.3 billion Chinese people, but also made a significant contribution to the development of world economy ,peace and stability.

Today, under the new central leadership with Xi Jinping as General Secretary, the Chinese people are uniting as one and forging ahead to strive to realize the Chinese dream, a dream that seeks to bring about prosperity of the country, renewal of the nation and happiness of the people. We adhered to the general work guideline of making progress while maintaining stability and pushed forward the strategic restructuring of the economy. China's growth has moderated to a medium-to-high speed. There has been vigorous development in China's science and technology, educational, cultural , health and in all social undertakings and new achievements have been made in improving the people's livelihood. Looking into the future, with the unleashing of reform dividends, the development prospect of China will be brighter, and China will make greater contribution to world prosperity and human progress.

Distinguished guests, dear friends,

China and Australia are important countries in Asia Pacific Region ,which share broad common interests and enjoy huge potential for cooperation. Over the past 42 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the two countries have strengthened cooperation in political, economic and trade,people to people and other areas and enhanced in a continuous way the foundation of strategic partnership based on mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win result. China has become Australia's largest trading partner, export market and source of imports. The growth of China-Australia relations has brought tangible benefits to the two peoples.

What I want to stress in particular is that the year 2013 is unforgettable in the history of friendly communication between China and Australia. The two countries have been working closely in the search for Malaysian Airline MH370. In rescuing the passengers of Russian Cruise (Akademik Shokalskiy) trapped off Antarctic ,the Chinese scientific exploration ship Snow Dragon cooperated perfectly with Australian icebreaker( Aurora Australis ) and rescued successfully the trapped passengers, winning the universal appreciation of the international society. These touching stories reflect the mutual trust and deep friendship of the two countries towards each other.

Ladies and Gentelmen,

The friendly communication at provincial and state level is an important part of China Australia strategic partnership. WA is Australia's key mining area, it is also the most active state engaging economic and trade with China. The past 20 years since the opening of the Chinese Consulate General in Perth saw the rapid growth of cooperation between the two countries in mining, agriculture, educational, tourism and other areas. China has become WA's biggest trading partner,the biggest export and import market .Beijing and WA are both located in the same time zone, enjoy a unique advantage in bilateral exchanges.

It is one year exactly since my posting in Perth last October. Over the past year, through the extensive communication with people in all sectors of WA, I feel deeply the friendship of Western Australian people towards Chinese people, and deeply feel the good aspiration of people from all walks of life for deepening bilateral relations. WA is a land full of vitality and hope and the prospect for growth is promising. As an important part of local community, the 150,000 overseas Chinese in WA have been living in peace and working happily here. There are over 10,000 overseas Chinese students studying and many employees of more than 60 Chinese enterprises working here , making significant contribution to the healthy development of bilateral relations and people to people exchanges and local economic and social progress as well . I would like to take this opportunity to extend our warmest regards and gratitude to the friends in all sectors, overseas Chinese, overseas students, employees of Chinese enterprises who have long been dedicating to the friendship between China and Australia.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Looking back on the past, we are proud of the construction achievements made in all social undertakings since the founding of the new China and feel happy from the bottom of heart for the smooth development of China-Austrlia and China-WA relations. Looking forward to the future , we are full of confidence to the friendly exchange and sincere friendship between China and Australia and WA. I and all my colleagues of the Consulate General will make concerted efforts with all the friends present to promote the cooperation between China and WA in all areas to a new high.

And now I'd like to propose a toast

To the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China

To the 42 years of profound friendship between China and Australia

To the 20 years of friendly cooperation between China and WA


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