Message by H.E. Ambassador Jiang Jiang on the Occasion of the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

Today, the People's Republic of China celebrates the 71st anniversary of its founding.

Over the past 71 years, the Chinese people have united and forged ahead under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, and embarked on a successful path of development that suits China's national conditions.

Once an impoverished country, China has grown into the world's second largest economy.

Once a shortage economy, China has developed into a manufacturing giant equipped with a complete range of industries.

Once a semi-colonial country subjected to foreign humiliation and aggression, China has emerged as a major country with a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

The past decades have seen steady improvement of Chinese People's lives: more than 850 million Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty; average life expectancy has more than doubled from 35 to 77 years; the illiteracy rate in China was once over 80 percent, but now the population in the country has full access to nine-year compulsory education.

China is thriving and flourishing. The Chinese people are leading a happier and more fulfilling life. I am proud of what my country has achieved.

China's development is made possible thanks to the hard work and wisdom of its people. It is facilitated by a peaceful and amicable international environment and by China's win-win cooperation with its international partners.

China's development benefits not just itself, but also the rest of the world.

China is committed to global peace, the international order and the development of the world. It is the second largest contributor to the UN regular budget and peacekeeping budget and is involved in the settlement of all major international and regional hotspot issues.

China actively participates in the reform and development of the global governance system. It firmly upholds the international system centered around the United Nations, the international order underpinned by international law, and the multilateral trading regime with the WTO as its cornerstone.

For more than a decade, China has contributed over 30% to global growth, injecting strong impetus into the world economy.

This year, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, China responded by adopting a people-first approach and taking decisive and science-based measures to bring the virus under control and reopen the economy. China is the first major economy to achieve positive growth in the wake of the coronavirus.

Throughout this crisis, China has stood together with Malta and the rest of the world. We have supported each other to fight the virus and build a global community of health for all.

This is the fifth time that I celebrate China's National Day in Malta. Over the past few years, I have experienced and have been deeply touched by the profound friendship of the Maltese people toward the Chinese people.

Indeed, China-Malta friendship was forged by leaders of the elder generation of our two countries. It has withstood the test of time and the ever-changing international landscape and kept going from strength to strength.

Looking ahead, China is ready to deepen cooperation with Malta under the Belt and Road initiative to deliver more benefit to our two peoples. Together, we will usher in an even brighter future for China and Malta.

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This message was published in the Times of Malta on 1st October 2020.

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