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Speech By Chinese Consul-General Lei Kezhong at the Reception Marking the 67th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
28 September 2016

Your Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, Governor of Western Australia,

Honourable Colin Barnett, Premier, Minister for Tourism and Science

Honourable Michelle Roberts MLA, Shadow Minister for Police; Road Safety; Crime Prevention; Culture and the Arts, representing the Leader of the Opposition,

Honourable Michael Sutherland, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly,

The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi,

Dear colleagues from the Consular Corps,

Representatives of the Chinese Community, Chinese enterprises and students in WA,

Dear friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Evening! Welcome to the reception celebrating the 67th anniversary of founding of the People's Republic of China!

We gather here tonight to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the founding of the people's Republic of China. First of all, on behalf of the Chinese Consulate General in Perth, I'd like to extend our warm to all the guests present here.

Consul-General Lei Kezhong Delivers a Speech

67 years ago, the late Chairman Mao Zedong announced solemnly in Tiananmen Square the founding of the People's Republic of China. Since then the Chinese people have become the master of our motherland. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people embarked on the great journey of achieving national rejuvenation, prosperity and people's happiness.

Over the past 67 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese People have been united as one,and marched forward courageously. We have deepened reform and opening up, bringing tremendous changes to our economy and social life. Over 700 million people have been lifted out of poverty. China's GDP has climbed from 10billion to over US$11trillion, and the per capita GDP has reached US$8000. China has accomplished industrialization in just a few decades, which has taken some other countries several hundred years to achieve. Today China is the world's second largest economy, the third largest investor and the biggest trading nation in goods.

With the progress made in new type industrialization, information technology, urbanization, agriculture modernization and structural reform, Chinese economy will remain sound, our investment and trade will be further promoted and at the same time, China's development will create great opportunities for other countries, including Australia.

In recent years, the Chinese economy has entered a state of new normal. We have taken effective measures to shift the growth model, deepen reform in an all round way, achieved the transformation and upgrading of the national economy and maintained medium-to-high growth rate. China will stick to innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development and has put forward the target GDP growth of 6.5% for the next five years. In the first half of this year, the contribution of consumption toward economic growth reached 73%, and our GDP growth rate was 6.7%, contributing to 25% of the global economic growth. This growth rate was achieved on the basis of an economy of over US$11 trillion and the actual amount of increase has exceeded that generated by double-digit growth in the previous years.

Being the biggest developing country in the world and a responsible member of the international community, China has always been striving for safeguarding world peace, promoting common development and win-win cooperation, as well as making contributions to world economic development by putting forward Chinese proposals.

Three weeks ago, the G20 Summit was successfully concluded in Hangzhou China and the member states have reached consensus on pursuing an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy, sending a very positive policy signal to the international society.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Both China and Australia are important countries in the Asia Pacific Region, and the friendship between the two countries dates back to centuries ago, and the two countries are highly complementary in economic structure and resources.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 44 years ago, the scale of bilateral trade has expanded more than 1500 times thanks to our cooperation in political, economic and trade areas as well as people to people exchanges.

China has become Australia's biggest trading partner and major source of investment. Australia is a major country on the route of China's 21 Century Maritime Silk Road, and a big shareholder of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, there is broad room for our cooperation opportunities in Asia.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

China and Australia are different in history&culture, social systems and stage of development, there is no surprise that we have differences on some issues. However, as long as the two countries stick to the right direction of our bilateral relations, adhere to the principle of mutual trust and mutual benefit, seeking common ground and properly handle differences, I believe our bilateral relations can reach a new high.

As a leading mining and agricultural state, Western Australia has been a pioneer in its cooperation with China. Over the past decade, Western Australia's iron ore exports to China has grown from 100 million tons to 600 million tons, while Western Australia's exports to China has risen from 8.7 billion to AUD 54.1billion, which saw an increase of 7 times. For many years, China has been Western Australia's biggest source of import and export market. In 2015, the bilateral trade volume stood at AUD 60billion, accounting for over 50% of its total exports. Now Western Australians are very familiar with all kinds of MADE IN CHINA. At the same time, the iron ore, barley, wool, Margaret River wine, rock lobsters of Western Australia are also very popular in China. Meanwhile, our bilateral exchanges and cooperation in education and culture, tourism, people-to-people exchanges have become increasingly closer and the number of Chinese students studying in Perth is also on the rise .

It's been already 6 months since I took my post as Chinese Consul General and I have visited many places from Kimberly&Pilbara in the north to Busselton, Bunbury and Margaret River in the South West Region and the Wheatbelt as well. After meeting with people from various circles, I am deeply impressed by the profound friendship of Western Australians to China and their wishes to strengthen our bilateral cooperation. Therefore, I am confident that through our joint efforts, we can, while maintaining energy and mining cooperation, continue to explore new cooperation potentials in such fields as agriculture&food, science&technology, culture&education, tourism and infrastructure, and inject new vitality to the continuous development of our bilateral relations.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Looking into the future, we have full confidence in China's modernization drive, in the prospect of international economic cooperation, and in particular, in the future of China-Western Australia cooperation .

Now, I'd like to propose a toast

To the prosperity of the People's Republic of China and Australia

To China-Australia friendship and China-Western Australia cooperation

And to the health of all the guests present here


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