Speech by Xu Danyang, Charge d'affaires of the Embassy in Timor leste, at the reception celebrating the 74th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China
2023-09-29 14:49

Your excellencyPresidentof Republic Dr. RamosHorta,

Your excellencyPresident of parliament Ms.Fernanda,

Your excellencyVice Prime Minister Mr.Sabino,

Your excellency Former President and Prime minister Mr Ruak

Excellencies Ministers, Vice-Ministers,Secretaries

Members of the National Parliament

Commanders from the Military and Police

Colleagues from Diplomatic Corps and UN Representatives

Friends from the local Chinese Communities

Ladies and gentlemen:

Good evening!Boa noite

Welcome to Chinese embassy! Thank you for coming to attend tonightreception to celebrate the 74th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Tomorrowisalso a traditional Chinese festival——the Mid-Autumn Festival,.On behalf of the Chinese Embassy, I would like to express my gratitude to all guests for yourlong-term support for thedevelopment of Chinaand the bilateral relations between China and Timor leste. I also would like to extend my best wishes for the Mid-Autumn Festival to all friends and Chinese coummity in Timor-Leste!

October 1st is Chinas National Day. 74 years ago, the Communist Party of China led the Chinese people to establish New China. Over the past 74 years, especially in the past 10 years, under the leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, Chinese people have worked together to achieve great successand promoted the Chinese path to modernization.

Achieving modernization is the common pursuit of all countries in the world. Up to now, there are only 1.2 billion people living in developed countries. If the 1.4 billion Chinese people can enter a modern society, itwill double the world's modernized population. More importantly, Chinese path to modernization shows another possibility or picture of modernization and expands the path options for developing countries. China is willing to strengthen unity and cooperation with Asian countries including Timor-Leste and ASEAN to jointly promote the modernization ofAsia.

Currently, The world economic recovery is weakand many countries are facing challenges. In the first half of this year,Chineseeconomyisrecovering quickly. China's GDP grew by 5.5% year-on-year, faster than the 3% of 2022. In the past 10 years, China's average annual contribution to world economic growth is30%, exceeding the combined contribution of the G7 countries. China will continue to provide impetus for world economic recovery and growth.

Ladies and gentlemen, friends,

China and Timor-Leste are good neighbors, good friends and good partners. As early as whenTimor leste declared independence, the People's Republic of China was one of the very few countries in the world that recognized Timorleste. In the past half century, great changes have taken place in China and Timor, great changes have taken place in the region and the world, but the friendship between our two countries has never changed. China and Timor leste always stand side by side, support and help each other.

Three months ago, Timor leste had anew government. The cooperation between China and TImor leste is facing new opportunity. Chinese Assistant foreign Minister, Mr Nong Rong, pay a successful visit to Timor-Leste in July and reached broad consensus with Timor side. In this month, the hospital ship Peace Ark visited Timor-Leste again after six years, providing free medical servicesfor more than 10,000 localpeople. Governor of Hunan Province, Mr Mao Weiming, visited Timor-Leste at the same time to deepen local exchanges and agricultural cooperation.

A few days ago, H.E.Prime Minister Xanana went to China to attend the Asian Games opening ceremony in Hangzhou and held a successfulmeeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two sides decided to upgrade bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership. This is a new milestone for our bilateralrelation. The two countries issued a joint statement, reaffirming the important consensus between the two sidesand clarifying the directionfor the future of therelation.

Chineseembassy is willing to work together with Timorese colleagues to implement the consensus reached by ourleaders, enhance communication among central and local governments, legislative bodies, political parties and the military. We hope to sign the cooperation plan for the "Belt and Road" construction as soon as possible and carry out more pragmatic cooperation in the areas such as Industry, infrastructure, food self-sufficiency and improvement of people's livelihood, so that the results of the development of bilateral relations can benefit more people of the two countries.

Finally, I would like to shareyou agood news. After more than nine months of vacancy, the new Chinese Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Ms. Wang Wenli, will arrive in Dili on October 1! I believe the relations between Timor-Leste and China will enter a new stage.China and Timor-Leste will definitely have a better future!

Thank you. Obrigado!

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