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Remarks by Consul General Luo Linquan at the Reception Celebrating the 67th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

Remarks by Consul General Luo Linquan

At the Reception Celebrating the 67th Anniversary of

the Founding of the People's Republic of China

(September 28, 2016)


Honorable Mayor Ed Lee and Anita Lee,

Distinguished guests, dear friends,

Ladies and Gentlemen:


I am so glad to have all of you with us tonight to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. I would like to express my warmest welcome and sincere thanks to you all.

The founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949 marks the beginning of a new era in the history of China and initiated a great journey towards national prosperity and rejuvenation as well as happiness of the people. In the past year, facing complicated international situation, under the leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China headed by General Secretary Xi Jinping, the Chinese people have all worked hard to overcome obstacles and have pressed ahead with a pioneering spirit. As a result, encouraging progress was made in economic structural adjustment; business startups and innovations by the general public flourished; the economy operated within an appropriate range; and people's living standards further improved. In the first half of 2016, China's GDP witnessed an increase of 6.7% over the same period of last year, which is a growth rate faster than that of most other major economies. Early this month, China successfully hosted the 11th G20 Summit in the beautiful city of Hangzhou. The leaders of the major economies exchanged views extensively and reached important consensus over major issues including global economic and financial governance, international trade and investment, as well as inclusive and interconnected development. President Xi Jinping stressed that China will steadfastly deepen reforms in an all-round way, pursue an innovation-driven development strategy, promote green development, promote equity and sharing of development outcomes, and open up wider to the outside world. President Xi also put forward a five-point proposal to address global economic challenges, which once again showcased China's responsible attitude toward a global partnership for win-win cooperation.

In the past year, China and the US have made steady progress along the road of jointly building a new model of major-country relationship. The two countries cooperated extensively and made important progress on major global issues such as promoting global economic growth, tackling climate change, fighting terrorism and resolving the Iranian nuclear issue. After the successful state visit to the US by President Xi Jinping in September last year, the heads of China and the US held successful bilateral meetings respectively at the 4th Nuclear Security Summit in April and the 11th G20 Summit in September this year. They had in-depth and candid talks on bilateral relations as well as major regional and international issues of common interest. The meeting between President Xi and President Obama in the G20 Summit yielded 35 points of consensus, a highlight among which was that China and US took lead by jointly ratifying the Paris Climate Change Agreement and deposited with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon their respective instruments of joining the Paris Agreement. The 8th China-US Strategic & Economic Dialogue and the 7th China-US High-level Consultation on People-to-people Exchange early this year also yielded more than 330 outcomes. Amid sluggish global economic recovery, two-way trade between China and US has maintained the momentum of growth. In 2015, trade volume between the two countries reached 558.4 billion US Dollars. China has become the largest trading partner of the US and the US remains China's second largest trading partner. China's annual non-financial direct investment in the US reached 8.4 billion US Dollars, an increase of 60%. Meanwhile, China-US cooperation on innovation has been increasingly vibrant and bilateral scientific and technological cooperation agreement on fields such as agriculture, environmental protection, energy and health are under implementation. In 2015, more than 4.75 million people traveled between China and the US. With 2016 as the China-US Year of Tourism, it is expected that the number will exceed 5 million. We believe that with the deepening of people-to-people exchanges, the mutual trust, understanding and friendship between our two peoples will be further strengthened.


Distinguished guests and friends,

Local cooperation is the basis of China-US relations and the San Francisco consular district has always been taking the lead in Chin-US local exchanges. According to statistics from the US side, the consular district's trade with China reached 201.9 billion US Dollars in 2015, 34% of US total. The State of California alone accounted for 157.9 billion US Dollars, 26% of US total. California and Washington remain respectively the No. 1 US state of importer from China and the No. 1 exporter to China. In 2015, the consular district attracted 3.54 billion US Dollars of direct investment from China, 23% of US total, the majority of which, 3.3 billion, or 93% came to California. The rich innovation and human resources in the consular district has led to increasing exchanges on innovations and business startups, which has input new energy to China-US local exchanges. Thanks to the ten-year visa arrangement, more direct flights as well as the strong promotion of China-US Year of Tourism, more and more Chinese tourists, investors, and students come to the consular district for sightseeing, business opportunities and studies. California is usually their No. 1 destination in the US. As a result, China has become California's largest source of foreign tourists. I would like to give my special thanks to Governor Brown and Mayor Lee for their strong and consistent support to China-US local exchanges and cooperation. I would also like to thank the overseas-Chinese for your support to China's construction, your devotion to China-US friendship as well as your support to the Chinese Consulate.


Ladies and Gentlemen,

The great revival of the Chinese nation is a long journey with a bright prospect, which calls for joint efforts from Chinese both at home and abroad. The steady development of China-US relations is invaluable and is the common wish of both peoples. It needs extensive care and proactive participation from people of our two nations. The Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco is ready to further communicate and cooperate with all friends in the consular district, so as to relentlessly promote win-win cooperation between China and the consular district and to add more positive energy to the healthy development of the China-US relations.


Now I would like to propose a toast,

To the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China,

To the friendship between Chinese and American peoples, and

To the health and happiness of everyone present!


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