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China and the World in Figures----Speech by H.E. Ambassador CHEN Yuming at the 67th National Day Reception
2016/09/28

China and the World in Figures

----Speech by H.E. Ambassador CHEN Yuming at the 67th National Day Reception

(Stockholm,September 28, 2016)

Minister Ann Linde,

State Secretary Annika Söder,

Your excellencies,

Dear friends,

A very warm welcome to the reception. Today we are gathered here to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. 2016 has witnessed a series of significant events both in China and the world, and a few numbers may help us figure out what happened.

----67 and 6.7. China has traveled a remarkable journey in the past 67 years, increasing its per capita GDP from 35 to 8,000 US dollars amid the population growth from 400 million to 1.3 billion. Over the past four decades, China has lifted more than 700 million people out of poverty, and increased the size of our middle income group to over 100 million people. China has accomplished just in a few decades what has taken other countries several hundred years to achieve. As the engine for global growth, how the Chinese economy is doing is a topic of great interest. Many people around the world are optimistic about the Chinese economy. They believe that the new normal in the Chinese economy should be viewed in an objective light and that other countries should readily get accustomed to it. But others are worried that it might drag down the world economy. The growth rate of 6.7 percent in the first half of the year is still among the fastest in major economies despite slowdown. China’s economic aggregate has exceeded 10 trillion US dollars, steadily contributing about 25 percent to global economic growth. We will continue our efforts to deepen reform and expand opening-up. And we will begin our endeavors to pursue the vision of innovated, coordinate, green, open and shared development put foward by the new five-year plan.

----20. The G20 Hangzhou Summit concluded recently in China was a meeting held in the most complex situation, facing the most diverse challenges and carrying high expectation of all parties since the international financial crisis. With the theme of “Towards an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy”, Hangzhou Summit produced fruitful results. The G20 Leaders' Communiqué Hangzhou Summit and 28 specific outcome documents were issued during the summit. Actions speak louder than words. Just as President Xi Jinping said, G20 always attaches more importance to action than mere talking. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon applauds the G20 Hangzhou Summit for its two historic breakthroughs in promoting the sustainable development agenda and tackling climate change.

----66. This year marks the 66th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sweden. Chinese people often say, a double six brings success. Several days ago at the China-Swedish Entrepreneurs Round-table, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said it is the spirits of innovation and cooperation that make Sweden one of the richest countries in Europe. He hopes that businessmen from China and Sweden can continue to work together. China also looks forward to enhance cooperation with Sweden in such fields as politics, people-to-people links, trade and investment, innovation, and social governance. And with Sweden about to join the UN Security Council, we stand ready for more in-depth cooperation with Sweden in international organizations. The China Cultural Center in Stockholm was opened just 28 days ago. I believe that this lovely facility will build a bridge connecting Europe and Asia for better mutual understanding of the two peoples.

----71. Premier LI Keqian stressed at the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly that only development can root out the cause of poverty, refugee crisis, war, conflict and terrorism. We must firmly uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, take political solutions as the right path to tackle hotspot issues, including Syrian and the Korean Peninsular issues. China supports international efforts to address the refugee issue, and will provide US$300 million worth of humanitarian assistance. China is among the first to deposit its instruments of ratification for the Paris Agreement with the UN. China’ peacekeepers are risking their lives for world peace.

Let’s work together for the common prosperity of China and the world.

Thank you.

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