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Ambassador Song Yumin's Signed Article on the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China on Mainstream Media in Trinidad and Tobago
2019/10/01

 
On 1st October 2019, Ambassador Song Yumin's signed article titled "Staying True to Our Original Aspirations and Working Together towards A Shared Future" was published by all three mainstream media Guardian, Daily Express and Newsday in Trinidad and Tobago. Here is the full text of the article:

 

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. On this auspicious occasion, I extend my warm greetings and congratulations to Chinese nationals and persons of Chinese origin in Trinidad and Tobago and readers of this esteemed publication.

In 1949, a new China rose from the ashes of war and embarked on a path of nation building. Under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China, China has accomplished in seven decades what has taken many other countries centuries. These extraordinary developments hinge on China's original aspirations: the well-being of Chinese citizens, the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and a vision for the future of mankind.

The world has since witnessed the unprecedented transformation of China. Once a weak and impoverished country, China has gained strength and prosperity. Once a secluded and backward nation, China has gone through reforms and opened up to the world.

From 1949 to 2018, China's GDP increased by more than 450 times to $13.6 trillion. China is now the world's second largest economy, largest industrial country, largest trader in goods, biggest holder of foreign exchange reserves and the second biggest destination of foreign investment. Scientific and technological breakthroughs are also on the rise. 5G telecommunication, quantum science, super computing, manned space flight, and deep-sea exploration are all on cutting edge of China's innovation.

From 1949 to 2018, China's per capita gross national income increased by 135 times, from roughly 70 US dollars to 9,470 US dollars. In the past 40 years, more than 700 million people have been lifted out of poverty and over 400 million have entered into the middle-income group. China has built the world's largest social security network with a basic pension insurance system covering more than 900 million people and a basic health insurance system covering 1.3 billion. On top of that, we have put in place a free and compulsory education system to secure our children's future.

For many years, China has contributed to over 30% of the world's economic growth and served as a major stabilizer and propeller of the world's economy. The Chinese people are fully aware that China has benefited from the international community and are always ready to share development opportunities with the world. China has established diplomatic ties with 179 countries, signed over 400 multilateral treaties and joined major intergovernmental organisation to contribute to sustain peace and prosperity as a global citizen.

Six years ago, President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the concept of an interconnected global community. To date, 136 countries and 30 international organizations have joined the BRI. From Europe and Asia to Africa, the Americas and Oceania, the BRI opens exciting new opportunities for shared economic growth, international trade and investment. It also proposes a new solution to world economic governance and will contribute to creating better standards of living in the participating countries. The BRI has received increasing recognition and has been endorsed by documents of the UN, the G20 and other international organizations.

The wide-ranging achievements of the past 70 years are attributable to the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China, to the strategic development path undertaken, and, most importantly, to the unwavering aspirations and hard work of the Chinese people. We are on the track to realize our first centenary goal next year, which is to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all aspects and to eradicate poverty completely. Doing so will impact one fifth of the world's population, which will be another historical milestone for China and the world.

Seven decades later, we are staying true to our original aspirations. We will stick to a people-centered development philosophy to meet the ever-growing needs of Chinese citizens for a better life. We will endeavor to safeguard the current international order and system to promote globalization and trade liberalization. We will continue to seek common development with other countries on the basis of mutual respect, equality and benefit in order to achieve a better future for humanity.

We also celebrate 45th anniversary of China-Trinidad and Tobago diplomatic ties this year. Our bilateral relations, the first partnership of the kind in the region, has been defined as a "comprehensive cooperative partnership featuring mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit and common development.

The past 45 years of cooperative development is a testimony to our countries' partnership and that our relationship has  evolved profoundly with firm political trust, dynamic mutual beneficial cooperation and even stronger people-to-people amity. Both sides have always been understanding and accommodating each others core interests and major concerns. Boosted by the BRI, bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, law enforcement, military and other fields has resulted in more benefits being achieved for the well-being of both societies.

Last year, our annual bilateral trade volume hit 732 million US dollars. Chinese investments and enterprises have gained a significant presence here and contributed to the development of local industries. Bilateral exchanges in culture, education, tourism, sports and media have been deepened and expanded. Organisations such as the Confucius Institute at the the University of the West Indies St. Augustine campus and activities like dragon boat racing and annual Chinese Spring Festival celebrations held by the Chinese community ignite local enthusiasm for Chinese culture. Looking ahead, as we map out plans of BRI cooperation, more concrete projects of partnership are in train and will enable our friendship to run deeper and wider.

President Xi Jinping said in one of his speeches that"The Chinese dream, an effort by the Chinese people to pursue a happy life, is closely linked with the dreams of the people in other countries". Standing at this milestone, China-Trinidad and Tobago relations are presented with unprecedented historic opportunities of further growth. I am in full confidence that by continuing to work together, shoulder by shoulder, China and Trinidad and Tobago will enjoy an even brighter future of shared prosperity.

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