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Chinese Consul General Dr Huang Qinguo's Speech at ACBC (WA) CHINA NATIONAL DAY DINNER

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Evening.

Today I am very pleasant to gather with the business communities from both China and Australia, to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Chinese Consul General Dr.Huang Qinguo Delivers a speech at ACBC China National Day Dinner

Everybody would vividly remember that half a month ago, Chinese government celebrated the 70th anniversary of the victory of Chinese people's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression as well as the World Anti-Fascist War in Beijing. The celebration and the military parade not only demonstrated China's significant social and economic progress, but also expressed Chinese people's confidence and determination to cherish the peace and explore a brighter future for the human being. In retrospect to the 66 years of the founding of new China, from suffering poor and blank at the ending of war, to becoming the 2nd biggest economy in the world, China have experienced overwhelming changes. The achievements we have made over the last 66 years would take many countries centuries of efforts. Nowadays, China is not only actively involving into the international affairs, but also making prominent contributions to the world's peace and prosperity. China's achievements don't come easy, and China's development has attracted the world's attention.

This year also marks the 43th anniversary of the diplomatic relationships between China and Australia. In recent years, China and Australia have been enjoying a growing relationship. With the promotion of our comprehensive strategic partnership, our communication and cooperation continue to deepen in various sectors, and this is especially evident in our trade and economic cooperation, which is highlighted by the following three factors. First is the successful signing of Free Trade Agreement. It marks our trade and investment liberalization reaching a new high,We hope this win-win agreement can be implemented as soon as possible. Second is the Australia's official joining in the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank. Through AIIB, China, Australia and other countries are looking forward to making greater contribution to our regional infrastructure construction and economic development. Third is our joint implementation of the "One Belt, One Road" Initiative, which will inject new energy to our developments. All these opportunities will be conducive to the uplifting of our bilateral economic and trade relationships, and will promote our win-win development.

Speaking of "One Belt One Road", this is also the theme of today's dinner. This initiative has inherited the spirit of the ancient Silk Road: Peace, Friendship, Openness and Inclusiveness, and it is aiming at promoting the strategy inter-connection and advantage complementarity for China and other countries along the road, in a bid to facilitate economic development cooperation and enhance the human and cultural exchange. In 2014, the trade volume between China and countries along the "belt and road" reached 1.12 trillion US dollars, making a quarter of China's overall trade in goods. Australia is an important country along the Maritime Silk Road; China attaches great importance to Australia's cooperation in this regard. The Maritime Silk Road Initiative covers every aspect of our cooperation, and will create many more opportunities. China and Australia could bring into full play each other's advantages in technology, capital and push forward our strategy inter-connection to realize mutually beneficial development.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In Chinese culture, the number 6 represents smooth and lucky, therefore China's 66th birthday implies a lot of good luck and prosperity. Looking to the future, I have two wishes, the first one is to wish China a more flourishing and thriving future, and a great rejuvenation of the China's dream. The second one is to wish China and Australia be closer and mutual beneficial partners, and through our ever deepening cooperation will we bring more and more substantial benefits to both peoples.

Guests Attending the Dinner

Now please allow me to propose a toast,

to the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China,

to a better future of China-Australia relationships, and

to the health of everybody,


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