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Address at the National Day Reception Marking the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China By H.E. Ambassador Zhang Jinxiong

(27 September, 2017, Residence of the Ambassador)



Your Excellency ,Vice President Adhin and Mrs. Adhin,

Honorable Ministers and members of the National Assembly,

Dear colleagues from the Diplomatic Corps and international organizations,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,


I'd like to extend the warmest welcome to all of you for joining us in celebrating the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and, in particular, my sincere gratitude to Vice President Adhin for your presence.


Under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China over the past 68 years, the Chinese people have united in concerted efforts to overcome numerous challenges and difficulties and made a historic leap from standing-up to becoming better-off to getting stronger. .   


Building up on the remarkable achievements in the past five years since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people has made 2017 an extraordinary year. We firmly implement new development concept, and improve governance capability by strengthening Party discipline and staging a thorough campaign against corruption. 


China has become an important engine of global economy. Contrary to the flagging world economy, China has still maintained 6.9% growth rate, creating over 7.3 million new jobs in urban regions in the first half of this year. For years, China's economic development has contributed more than 30% to global growth and generated more opportunities for cooperation for other countries including Suriname.


China has been dedicated to world peace and global governance. At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos and G20 Hamburg Summit this year, President Xi Jinping further elaborated his vision of creating a community of shared future for mankind. The successful convocation of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and the 9th BRICS Summit, a testimony of China's solution and wisdom, has helped to bring new opportunities for global development, build new platforms for South-South cooperation and inject fresh impetus for world economy and global governance.


In a few more weeks, the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will convene in Beijing. It is a meeting of crucial significance at a time for China to succeed in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics. The meeting will not only steer future direction for China's development but also lay a far-reaching impact on China's relations with the world.


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Geographically, China and Suriname are located in different hemispheres. However, long distances have never stopped us from being friends.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relationship between China and Suriname 41 years ago, our two countries have always treated each other as equals with mutual respect. Exchanges of high-level visits have been frequent. Political mutual trust has been increasingly intensified. This August, Assistant Foreign Minister Qin Gang visited Suriname and met with President Bouterse, Minister Beighle and quite a few cabinet ministers. Not long ago, representatives of political parties of Suriname and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly visited China, raising the exchanges between our legislatures and political parties to a higher level. Beyond bilateral scope, our two countries maintain close communication and coordination on international affairs, especially on climate change and South-South cooperation.


Pragmatic cooperation is the ballast and propeller for the development of China-Suriname relationship. In-depth cooperation between China and Suriname covers a wide range of fields from infrastructure, agriculture, health, telecommunications to human resources. To name just a few:


This year, Sofia's Lust Community Center Project and Dalian's 70km Road Project has completed successfully. The projects of National Broadband and Wanica Hospital have been pressing ahead smoothly. The Dalian IV Highway Project will be unveiled in the coming weeks, which will facilitate the passage from Paramaribo to Zanderij to a great deal. Preparation of projects like Paramaribo Traffic Monitoring and Surveillance System, Agricultural Cooperation Center, Airport Expansion are well underway.


Also this year, more than 300 Surinamese from both public and private sectors participated in seminars and capacity building courses in China, which has outnumbered the total figure of the previous five years. I was told that KLM and Suriname Airways tickets were once in short supply as a result. Anyway, I guess it has also helped to generate more tax revenues for the Surinamese Government.


Bilateral cultural activities are vibrant. Since last year, our Embassy has hosted a series of popular cultural events including Asian Night, Dynamic Women, Chinese New Year Temple Fair, Chinese Film Festival, Table Tennis Day, Ambassador's Cup Table Tennis Competition, and Health Qigong Week. We will continue to work with TBL to present the second Chinese Film Festival, and partner with Suriname Fashion Week and DCGS in hosting the Charity Meets Fashion event soon.


People-to-people exchanges between our two countries are thriving, leading to mounting interest among Surinamese people in learning the Chinese language and culture. Last month, 90 Surinamese students have graduated from the first phase Mandarin class launched by the Confucius Institute at the Anton De Kom University; 12 Surinamese students on Chinese Government Scholarship joined the other 90 Surinamese students in China to study in Bachelor or Master Degree in a variety of fields.


Mutual understanding between our two peoples is deepening. Representatives of major news media visited China, attended the Belt and Road International Cooperation Forum and the Belt and Road Media Cooperation Forum. They have been quite active in writing stories about China, bringing our two peoples closer to each other.    


Ladies and Gentlemen,  

Thanks to the joint efforts of both sides, China-Suriname relations have made tremendous achievements. As a genuine friend, a brotherly and reliable partner of Suriname, China always stands ready to help within its capacity. We will continue to join hands with Suriname to maintain and strengthen the current sound momentum of our bilateral ties, further expand our common interests for the well-beings for our two peoples, and work together to achieve shared prosperity and development.


Now allow me to propose a toast,

to the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China,

to the friendship and cooperation between China and Suriname,

to the health of President Bouterse and President Xi Jinping and all the guests,

Proost! Cheers! 


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