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Remarks by H.E. SONG Yumin at the celebration ceremony of "Seeds for the Future" Programme
(June 6, 2019)

     It's a great pleasure for me to to be invited to speak at this celebration ceremony. On behalf of all my colleagues and the whole team of the Embassy, I warmly welcome you all to this newly built premises of the Embassy which bears striking features of China's Hui-style architecture. I am so pleased to join you all in extending our congratulations to the 10 students from universities in Trinidad and Tobago for their successful completion of this year's Huawei "Seeds For The Future" courses. So far since its launch in Trinidad and Tobago in 2016, around 30 students from this country have taken part in this programme out of its global context. Through the training programme, they further gained their knowledge on information and communications technology (ICT) and enhanced their understanding of China. I commend all the SFTF cohort for their contributions to the people-to-people and cultural exchanges and friendship between our two countries.

    Since its operation in Trinidad and Tobago, Huawei Technologies (T&T) Limited has won the recognition of the local public not only for its professional excellence but also for its efforts on practicing Corporate Social Responsibility. "Seeds For The Future" is Huawei's global CSR flagship programme focusing on strengthening its cooperation with local teaching and research institutions to foster local talents in ICT. To the large extent, this may contributes to the reasons why Huawei has gone from zero to hero in just a little over 30 years. Now Huawei is leading the world on 5G technology. "Despite efforts in markets creating fear about Huawei, using politics to interfere with growth, customers continue to trust us and continue to work with us and build networks with our technologies," I'm quoting Mr. Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman of Huawei technologies in saying so. The Chinese Government takes its responsibility in safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises.

    At this point, one might naturally think of the current Sino-US trade disputes. Five days ago, on 2nd of June, the State Council Information Office of China issued a white paper entitled "China's Position on the China-U.S. Economic and Trade Consultations." It provides a holistic picture of the Trade talks, and elaborates China's policy position on these consultations.

    In March 2018, the United States unilaterally initiated economic and trade frictions towards China. China had to take forceful measures to defend the interests of the nation and its people. At the same time, committed to resolving disputes through dialogue and consultation, China has engaged in multiple rounds of economic and trade consultations with the US in an effort to stabilize the bilateral commercial relationship. The Chinese Government rejects the idea that threats of a trade war and continuous tariff hikes can ever help resolve trade and economic issues. Disputes and conflicts on the trade and economic front, at the end of the day, need to be solved through dialogue and consultations. Striking a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement serves the interests of China and the US and meets the expectations of the world. We hope the US can pull in the same direction with China and, in a spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, manage economic and trade differences, strengthen trade and economic cooperation, and jointly advance China-US relations based on coordination, cooperation and stability for the well-being of both nations and the world.

    Ladies and gentlemen, friends,

    China's development may not be all smooth sailing. Difficulties or even perils are inevitable. Whatever the future might bring, China is confident of meeting challenges head on, turning risks into opportunities, and opening new chapters. Over the past 70 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China, especially after China started to implement reform and opening-up in 1978, Chinese people have gone through an epic journey with remarkable achievements scored that are recognized by the whole world. Opening-up was key to China's development over the past 40 years. In the same vein, high-quality development of China's economy in the future can only be achieved with greater openness. China will continue to deepen reform and opening-up. China's door will not be closed; it will only open even wider.

    China's development cannot be isolated from the world's development and vice versa. With its own development, China now is in a better position to provide Chinese solutions and Chinese wisdom to world governance. In 2013, President XI Jinping put forward the Belt and Road Initiative. Up to now, over 160 countries and international organizations have signed cooperation documents with China on the Initiative; a large number of cooperation projects have been launched and a general connectivity framework has been put in place.

    As a major country and an important partner of China in the Caribbean region, Trinidad and Tobago has always been attaching great importance to its relations with China. It leads the way in the Caribbean region in jointly building the Belt and Road to share the win-win outcomes from the Initiative. It signed on to the Belt and Road Initiative in May last year during the Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley's official visit to China. With its emphasis on policy connectivity, infrastructure connectivity, trade connectivity, financial connectivity and people-to-people connectivity, the Belt and Road Initiative provides new impetus to the development of China-Trinidad and Tobago relations and serves as yet another platform on which bilateral pragmatic cooperation in various areas will be further intensified.

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Trinidad and Tobago. With joint efforts of both sides, the bilateral relations have always been maintaining a good momentum of development and bringing about tangible benefits for the two countries and the two peoples. At present, the bilateral relations are in a new starting point, facing unprecedented historic development opportunities. The Chinese side attaches great importance to China-Trinidad and Tobago relations and will continue to deepen bilateral cooperation in various areas and take our bilateral relations to a new level.

    To conclude, once again, I applaud the cohort of the Future Seeds for their achievements. I thank Huawei Technologies (T&T) Ltd for organizing this wonderful event. I wish everyone enjoy the rest part of the evening.

    Thank you.

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