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Speech by H.E. Ambassador Wang Ke at the Reception of the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of the People's Republic of China
(September 19th, 2019)
2019/09/21

Hon. Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation,

Hon. Tulia Ackson, Deputy Speaker of National Assembly,

Hon. Mizengo Pinda, Former Prime Minister,

H.E.Dr. Augustine Mahiga, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs,

Mr. Philip Mangula, Vice Chairman of CCM,

Lt Gen. Massao, National Defense Collage Commandant, Distinguished Ambassadors, Representatives with international and regional organizations in Tanzania,

My dear compatriots,

Distinguished Guest,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening! Karibuni Sana!

Thank you for joining us here at the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania to celebrate the historic moment of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

The People's Republic of China was founded on October 1st, 1949 During the past 70 years, China has gone through an extraordinary journey by developing itself from an impoverished and weak country into a nation of prosperity and strength. China is now the world's second-largest economy, largest manufacturer, largest trader in goods and the biggest holder of foreign exchange reserves.

Over the past 70 years, China's economy has maintained rapid and steady growth. Particularly, since the adoption of the reform and opening up policy in 1978, the average annual GDP growth rate in China is close to 9.5%. Meanwhile, the per capita GDP increased from less than 240 US Dollars to about 10 thousand US Dollars and in 2018, China's GDP reached 13 trillion US Dollars.

Over the past 70 years, China's science and technology has made frequent breakthroughs. Manned space flight, lunar exploration, quantum science, deep-sea exploration, supercomputering and satellite navigation have been launched one after another, while a large group of scientific and technological achievements have reached the world class levels.

Over the past 70 years, the livelihood and welfare of the Chinese people have been improving continuously. The national annual per capita disposable income surged from less than 25 US Dollars in 1978 to over 4 thousand US Dollars today, increasing by 160 times. In the past 40 years of reform and opening up, China has lifted 740 million people out of poverty, and the life expectancy of Chinese people has gone up to 77 years old.

China actively advocates building a community with a shared future for mankind. The core concept of this community is that, In the face of numerous global issues and challenges, we maintain peace instead of wars, development instead of poverty, cooperation instead of confrontation and win-win instead of zero-sum game.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends!

Seventy years of China's experiences demonstrate that only when you never forget why you started, you can accomplish your mission. To seek happiness for the Chinese people and rejuvenation for the Chin nation is our determined and unswerving founding aspiration and mission. Next year, China is going to realize the first centenary goal of building moderately prosperous society in all respects, and the rest 16 million poor people in China will be all lifted out of poverty.

Seventy years of China's experiences demonstrate that direction determines the future while the path determines the fate. We have successfully blazed a path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, the Chinese people has grown from standing up for itself, to enriching itself and getting stronger. The world is colorful, there is no fixed mode for development. The path that a country follows must be the one that is in line with the national conditions, promotes development and continuously benefits its people.

Seventy years of China's experiences demonstrate that openness brings progress while isolation leads to backwardness. The policy of reform and opening up is a vital key for China to make significant strides in economic and social development. In the future, China will open wider and conduct closer interaction with the rest of the world, bringing more progress and prosperity to itself and the world as a whole.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends!

This year also marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Tanzania. As the Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, I am glad to see that during the past 55 years, the traditional China-Tanzania friendship established by the old generation of our two national leaders has stood the test of international vicissitudes and the bilateral cooperation of mutual respect and win-win nature has yielded rich achievements and scored a number of the "largest" and "first" in Tanzania and even in Africa.

For example, the Tanzania-Zambia Railway is still by far one of the largest overseas projects built with Chinese aid; the Nyerere Bridge built by Chinese company is the first cable-stayed sea-crossing bridge in east Africa; the Dar es Salaam University Library built with Chinese grant is state-of-art library in Africa; National ICT Broadband Backbone Project financed by China Exim Bank is the first *"National Information Highway" in Tanzania; the Ubungo flyover in Dar es Saleem under construction by Chinese company is going to be the first multi-layer and multi-track flyover in Tanzania. Meanwhile, China is Tanzania's largest Source country of investment, the largest trading partner and the largest construction contractor. China is also the country dispatching the largest number of medical aid personnel and providing the largest amount of government scholarships to Tanzania. In a word, the China-Tanzania cooperation has brought concrete benefits to the peoples of the two countries.

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that two days ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a presidential decree to award the Friendship Medal, China's highest honor for foreigners, to Honorable Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, former Prime Minister of Tanzania. Dr. Salim is one of the best friends of Chinese People, he was appointed Ambassador of Tanzania to China at the age of 27. In 1971, as the permanent representative of Tanzania to the UN, he spearheaded the campaign for the People's Republic of China to restore the lawful seat in the United Nations. And after retirement, he has been the chairman of Tanzania-China Friendship Promotion Association. Dr. Salim, the only African to be awarded, fully deserves the medal. It is not only a high commendation of his outstanding contribution to China-Tanzania relations, but also a great honor to the China-Tanzania traditional friendship. I'd like to extend my congratulations and salutation to Hon. Dr. Salim and the government of Tanzania.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends!

China-Africa enjoyed traditional friendship. Over the past half century, China and Africa have been sharing weal and woe, and have formed a community with common destiny.

To Tanzanians and all our friends in Africa, China always sticks to five "NOs", namely no interference in African countries' pursuit of development paths that fit their national conditions, no interference in African countries' internal affairs, no imposing of our will on African countries, no attachment of political strings to assistance to Africa and no seeking of selfish political gains in investment or financing cooperation with Africa.

Looking into the future, we are willing to work with Tanzania and other African countries to implement the Eight Major Initiatives of 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and closely integrate the implementation of the Belt and Road initiative with African Union's Agenda 2063 and development strategies of Tanzaniaand other African countries, in order to inject new vigor into mutual benefit and win-win cooperation between China and Tanzania and between China and Africa, and build a closer China-Africa community with a shared future.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends!

I would like taking this opportunity, to express my sincere appreciation to our Tanzanian and international friends who support China's reform and opening up and our national reunification. At the same time, I wish Tanzania achieve greater progress in its endeavor to industrialize the country under the leadership of President Magufuli. Tanzania has a lot potential in development, this great country is full of hope.

To conclude my remark, I propose a toast,

To the health of President Xi Jinping and President John Pembe Magufuli,

To the prosperity of China and Tanzania and the happiness of peoples of the two countries,

To the unbreakable unity and friendship between China and Tanzania,

Cheers! Thank you!

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