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Remarks on 59th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China





Respected Mrs. Pansy Wong, Dr. Pita Sharples, Member of Parliament, Mr. Michael Lee, Chairman of Auckland Regional Council, Mr. Bob Harvey, Mayor of Waitakere city, Mr. JP Tregidga, Mayor of Hauraki District, Mr. Mark Ammon, Mayor of Waitomo District, Mr. John Desrocher, Dean of Auckland Consular Corps & Consul General of the United States of America in Auckland, Mr. Steven Wong, Chairman of United Chinese Association of New Zealand, Mr. Arthur Loo, Chairman of Auckland Chinese Community Center

Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,



Good evening! Welcome to join us celebrating the 59th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.



This year marks the 30th anniversary of reform and opening-up in China. We have achieved the historic transition from a highly centralized planned economy to a vibrant socialist market economy and from a closed or semi-closed society to one that is fully open to the outside world. China has achieved 30 years of continued fast economic growth. Back in 1978, China's GDP accounted for only 1% of the world's total. By 2007, it was over 5%. China's share in global trade jumped from less than 1% to roughly 8% during this period.



2008 is a memorable year for the development of China, relations between China and New Zealand, and the Auckland region in particular.



When China met with the challenges from the heavy snow disaster and the Wenchuan earthquake, the New Zealand government and the Kiwi people, the Chinese communities and Chinese students here made enthusiastic donations to support China’s relief work. The donations made through the Consulate General reached the amount of 3 million NZ dollars. Here, I would once again express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have helped us greatly.



The successful holding of the Beijing Olympic Games realized a century-long Olympic dream of China, and greatly enhanced the friendship and mutual understanding between the people of China and of the world, and especially between China and New Zealand. In the process of preparing for the Games, the New Zealand people and the Chinese communities here gave us great assistance and I would like to thank you for your valuable support.



The exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Straits have entered a new historical point and relations across the Straits are moving in the direction of peaceful development, which brings practical benefits to the people across the Straits.



China maintains fast yet steady social and economic development with a year-on-year GDP growth of 10.4%. Four days ago, the successful launch of Shenzhou 7, and the Chinese astronauts’ first ever walk in the space activities, symbolized a new step forward for China’s manned spacecraft program.



There are good opportunities as well as many difficulties and challenges with China’s development, and there are many economic and social issues that call for our attention. However, all these are difficulties that have occurred in the course of our development. China has full confidence and capability to overcome various difficulties in the way forward, and promote the world’s peace and development through our own development.



During the 36 years since China and New Zealand established diplomatic relations, exchanges and cooperation in various fields have been constantly strengthened between the two countries. New Zealand was the first western nation to reach a bilateral deal with China on its accession to the WTO, to recognize China's full market economy status, and to initiate negotiation on bilateral free trade agreement. This April, New Zealand became the first developed country to sign Free Trade Agreement with China.


China and Auckland region enjoyed closer friendly exchanges and we would like to make efforts for friendship between China and Auckland region together with you.



Finally, let me propose a toast for the prosperity and development of China and New Zealand, for further development of friendship between the Chinese people and the people of Auckland region, and for the health of every one here! Cheers!





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