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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Song Yumin at the 68th Chinese National Day Reception
 On September 26, the Chinese Embassy Held the reception in celebrating the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. H.E. Song Yumin delivered a speech at the reception.
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Major General Retired, the Honorable Edmund Dillon, Minister of National Security and Acting Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs,

Honorable Ministers,Permanent Secretaries and Members of the Parliament,

Ambassadors and High Commissioners and other members of Diplomatic Corps,

Fellow Compatriots and Members of Chinese Community,

Members of Media,

Other Specially Invited Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you here tonight. Thank you very much for joining us this evening to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

68 years ago, the founding of the People's Republic of China started a new chapter in the modern history of this ancient civilization. Ever since then, especially after its reforms and opening-up, China has accomplished significant achievements in the road of socialism with distinct Chinese characteristics.  China has grown from a poor and weak country to a stable and prosperous nation.

In 2016, China's total volume of GDP reached 74.4 trillion Yuan, roughly around 11 trillion US dollars, expanded by 6.7%, contributing more than 30 percent of global growth. The new development concept were forcefully carried out and the process of building a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way accelerated. Breakthroughs were achieved in restructuring the economy, by means of comprehensive deepening of reforms, such as important steps in terms of supply-side structural reform.

As the second largest economy, China has shouldered more international responsibilities, playing a more important role in maintaining world peace and stability. China made a proposition to the world to work together to build a community of share future for mankind, a move towards a new type of international relations.

In May, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing, which was attended by 29 heads of state or government and over 1,600 representatives from more than 140 countries and 80-plus international organizations. This ushered in a new stage of translating the Belt and Road Initiative from vision to action and from planning to implementation.

Earlier this month, the Ninth BRICS Summit was convened in Xiamen China. Under the theme "BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future", leaders of the five countries had in-depth exchanges of views and reached broad consensus on the current international situation, global governance and BRICS cooperation.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

China-Trinidad and Tobago relations enjoy sound development. The friendship of our two peoples dates back 200 years. 1806 saw the first Chinese immigrants in Trinidad and Tobago. In the long course, the Chinese community in Trinidad and Tobago made recognized contributions to development of this beautiful twin-island country. The People's Republic of China supported the independence of Trinidad and Tobago. The latter favored the motion to restore the lawful rights of People's Republic of China in the United Nations. Trinidad and Tobago was one of the first Caribbean countries to establish diplomatic relations with China, and has unswervingly followed One-China policy.

Recent years saw significant and substantial development in our bilateral relationship. Sound and practical cooperation in economic and other fields brought tangible benefits to the people of our two countries. We enjoy frequent exchanges of high-level visits. In 2013, Chinese President H.E. Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Trinidad and Tobago, set a new milestone for the future development of our bilateral ties. This year, the visits to China paid by ministers and senior government officials from TT resulted a series of outcomes. Trinidad and Tobago actively responds to China's Belt and Road Initiative which will become a new impetus for our cooperation. Both sides maintain sound cooperation in regional and international affairs.

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Communist Party of China will convene its 19th National Congress on 18 October in Beijing. This significant meeting will serve as a powerful booster for the country in achieving its set goals of development.

China will continue to materialized the vision of innovative, coordinated, green, open and inclusive development, continue to strive for world peace and development. China will strengthen the ties with Trinidad and Tobago to work together not only for the benefits of our two peoples, but also for the shared interests of the world at large.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Now, I would like to conclude with a toast,

To the Anniversaries of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago!

To the friendship between our two peoples.

To the health of everyone present,


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