My dear compatriots and friends,
Today is the National Day of the People’s Republic of China. On this joyous occasion, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia, I would like to extend the most sincere greetings to all staff of Chinese-funded institutions, volunteer Chinese teachers, overseas students and the local Chinese compatriots! Taking this opportunity, I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Cambodian friends from all walks of life who have cared about and supported China’s development for a long time and are committed to enhancing the traditional China-Cambodia friendship!
71 years ago, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people successfully overthrew the three mountains of imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucratic capitalism after years of struggle and completed the new democratic revolution. The founding of New China marked that the Chinese people have since stood up and the Chinese nation has embarked on a great path to achieve great rejuvenation.
Over the past 71 years, under the leadership of the CPC, the Chinese people, through self-reliant and painstaking efforts, have overcome one difficulty and another, and created many great achievements which attract world attention. The Chinese nation has not only stood up, but also become richer and stronger. This year China will achieve its first centenary goal by finishing building the moderately prosperous society in all respects. Today’s China is closer than ever before to realizing the great goal of national rejuvenation.
Since the beginning of this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has been spreading all over the world. Faced with the aggressive pandemic, we, under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as its core, have given top priority to people’s life and health, and waged a people’s war against the pandemic. Within a short time, China has achieved major strategic outcomes in the fight and effectively safeguarded life and health of the Chinese people.
While maintaining prevention and control efforts at home, China has been actively advocating a community of common health for mankind, and fully supporting and engaging in international cooperation in pandemic control, which demonstrates our responsibilities as a major country. China has cumulatively provided over 2 billion US dollars in international aid for pandemic control. The Chinese government will actively carry out the solemn commitment of making China’s vaccine an international public product as proposed by President Xi Jinping, and help make the vaccine accessible and affordable for developing countries.
Faced with the pandemic and the complicated and evolving international environment, China has coordinated the promotion of epidemic prevention and control and economic and social development. By vigorously advancing the “dual circulation” development pattern in which domestic economic cycle plays a leading role while international economic cycle remains its extension and supplement, we have steadily and effectively restored the normal order of economic and social development. According to statistics, China’s second-quarter GDP has realized a year-on-year growth of 3.2%. The IMF predicts that China will become the only major economy that can maintain positive growth throughout 2020.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Cambodia, and also the 1st anniversary of the signing of the action plan for building a China-Cambodia community of shared future. Faced with the pandemic,the two countries, two governments and two peoples have stood together to overcome the difficulties,setting an example for international cooperation in pandemic control. We have jointly created many“firsts”during the pandemic.
Prime Minister Hun Sen is the first foreign head of government to have visited China. The first batch of foreign aid to Wuhan is from Cambodia. The Chinese government and military have respectively sent medical expert groups to Cambodia, the first of its kind in the region or around the world. China-Cambodia Free Trade Agreement is the first FTA of Cambodia concluded through video negotiation. The 2020 Golden Dragon joint military exercise is China’s first and only joint military exercise with a foreign army. The 5th meeting of the China-Cambodia Intergovernmental Coordination Committee is the first high-level bilateral cooperation meeting held by China and a neighboring country. Countless facts have proved that the traditional China-Cambodia friendship has been further refined during the pandemic.
The world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century. The world is at a new historical starting point, and the destiny of the mankind has never been so closely connected. China will stay firmly committed to opening our door wider to the world, and working jointly with Cambodia as well as other countries to achieve more win-win results. China will always be a practitioner of multilateralism, and continue to promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, in order to realize greater solidarity and progress for the human society.
May China and Cambodia enjoy ever-growing prosperity and their peoples live in peace!
May the brotherly China-Cambodia friendship be passed on from generation to generation and last forever!
H.E. Mr. WANG Wentian
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Cambodia