The Overseas Chinese of UK celebrated 69th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and the success of the reform and opening up
The Overseas Chinese of the United Kingdom celebrated the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on September 17, at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, with more than 400 attendees. Guests include the Chinese Embassy in the UK, Minister Mr. Zhu Qin, Cultural Minister Counsellor Mr. Xiang Xiaowei, Counsellor Mr. Lu Haitian, Consul Mr. Wang Xiaowei and Consul Ms. Gao Yan; Cllr. Lindsey Hall, Lord Mayor of Westminster, London; Ms. Priscilla To, Director-General of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London, and Deputy Director-General Mr. Kasper Ng, as well as representatives from various overseas Chinese Community organizations. Altogether, they celebrated the success and advancement of 40th Anniversary of the reform and opening up of China.
The Confederation of Chinese Associations UK convened the celebration, VIPs attending include the Chairman of London Chinatown Association, Chu Ting Tang OBE, the President of Confederation of Chinese Associations UK, Kevin Ka Man Tsang, and New Territories Heung Yee Kuk Overseas Advisory Committee, European Liaison Office, President Lam To Ming. Other business and community leaders including Di Jinhai, Joseph Chow, Song Wenli, Yang Jian, Lawrence Lo, David Tang, Lawrence Li, James Tsang, Ren Guangfeng, Sean Xu, City of London Councillor Munsur Ali and Tim Mitchell, and Mdm Mei Sim Lai OBE DL.
庆典由全英华人社团联合总会召集，出席侨领包括伦敦华埠商会主席邓柱廷OBE、全英华人社团联合总会会长曾嘉文、新界乡议局海外顾问委员会欧洲联络处林道明会长。其他莅临的商界和社团领导，包括耿金海、周若伟、宋汶栗、杨健、鲁展雨、邓汉声、李汉基、曾百鸣、任广峰、徐振博、議員Munsur Ali和Tim Mitchell，及Mi Sim Lai OBE DL等。
After the honor guards played the national anthems of China and Britain, Chairman of UK Chinese Celebration of 69 China National Day Preparatory Committee, Mdm Huang Ping, gave a welcome speech: “China, you came from ancient times, the waves washed away the dust; you rushed to the future, the waves echoed outside the sky. We have not only had the prosperous Han and Tang cultures, but also technological innovation is leading in the world. In these sixty-nine years, Chinese people have created a brilliant moment after another with loyalty, wisdom, and diligence. Industries developed, the southeast coastal cities rise rapidly; technology developed, the Spaceship Shenzhou 11 triumphantly lifted. The national anthem frequently played in the Beijing Olympics; from rural contracting to urban economic system reform, from the creation of Shenzhen Special Zone to joining the WTO. From the coastal side to the development of the western region, from the free trade pilot zone to the “Belt and Road” construction, the reform and opening up has brought the Chinese nation to vigorous life.”
She continued: “2018 is the year of accelerating the “Golden Age Era” of Sino-British relations and the fifth anniversary of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative. In the past five years, China has cooperated with the countries along the “Belt and Road” to build a bridge of friendship and cooperation. Through infrastructure construction, like the launch of CHINA RAILWAY Express, we will promote policy coordination, facility connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration, and strengthen people-to-people ties, and build a path to joint prosperity. Overseas Chinese would not forget the ancestors and has become a friendly messenger connecting China and the world, making important contributions to the development of China and China’s peaceful reunification, and enhancing friendly cooperation between the Chinese people and the people of all nations. The unified Chinese nation is the common root of Chinese people at home and abroad. The profound Chinese culture is the common soul of the Chinese people at home and abroad. Realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is the common dream of the Chinese people at home and abroad. The new era needs new roles and new actions. May we take advantage of this east wind and seize development opportunities to contribute wisdom and strength to the interests of the British and Chinese. Let us unite and integrate into the British mainstream society, tell the story of China, spread the voice of China, and jointly write a new chapter in the historical process of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and promote the building of a community with a shared future.”
Minister Mr. Zhu Qin said the 40 years of reform and opening up is a magnificent chapter in the history of China’s development. China persists in reform and opening up, promotes growth through improvement, integrates into the world through openness, and writes a magnificent epic of national development and progress and national prosperity. China has leaped to become the world’s second largest economy, the largest cargo trading country, the largest industrial country, and the largest foreign exchange reserve country.
He added: “China adheres to peaceful development, win-win cooperation and has made important contributions to world peace and prosperity. China is the country with the largest number of peacekeepers among the permanent members of the UN Security Council, and her United Nations peacekeeping (assessment?) ranks second in the world. The total share of the world economy has risen to 15%, the contribution rate to world economic growth has exceeded 30%, whereas the contribution rate to global poverty reduction has exceeded 70%.”
“We will continue to open up, and the wind and rain will surely usher in a more brilliant tomorrow. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has opened a new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics. In this new era, China will adhere to reform and opening up, implement new development concepts, and promote economic development. Increase efficiency, pay more attention to improving people’s livelihood and welfare, pay more attention to social fairness and justice, and continuously enhance the people’s sense of acquisition, happiness and security. Hold high the banner of peaceful development, cooperation and win-win, promote the construction of the “Belt and Road” and promote the construction of new international relationships, building a community with a shared future.”
He continued: “Since this year, international unilateralism, protectionism has risen, and the world economy and trade situation is facing severe challenges. The Chinese government and people have maintained their strengths and faced challenges, and the Chinese economy continues to maintain its stability. China is still one of the countries with the best development, the greatest potential and the most resilience in the world. China is determined to actively support multilateralism and free trade are sturdy, and the pace of openness, tolerance, and cooperation. Not long ago, the Beijing Summit of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum was successfully held in Beijing, attended by more than 50 African leaders and representatives of more than 20 international organizations. The summit set a new paradigm for promoting mutual assistance and mutual benefit for developing countries. To promote the reform of the global governance system and build a community of human destiny, we have made new contributions to the new domestic and international situation. The development in China is growing steadily, and confidently. We are full of confidence in China’s future!”
“40 years of reform and opening up is 40 years of common development and progress between China and the world, and 40 years of in-depth development of Sino-British relations. Over the past 40 years, Sino-British relations have experienced storms and progress. In 2015, President Xi Jinping successfully visited the UK and opened the “Golden Age” of China-United Kingdom relations. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Theresa May visit to China was fruitful and accelerated the “golden age” of bilateral relations. China and Britain should always view bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, respecting each other’s core interests and major concerns, regard each other as opportunities rather than threats, enhance political mutual trust, expand interests, and promote bilateral relations to move forward along the right track. Both China and Britain are defenders of economic globalization and practitioners of trade liberalization. The two countries should demonstrate the responsibility and historical responsibility of the great powers, hold high the banner of multilateralism and open cooperation, jointly lead economic globalization and trade liberalization, work together to address global challenges and promote world peace and prosperity.”
He said: “China’s development and progress are linked closely to the destiny of overseas Chinese. The vast number of overseas Chinese compatriots has always cared about China, and they are the pioneers, participants, and contributors to China’s reform and opening up. China’s reform and opening up has achieved brilliant achievements. All overseas Chinese are indispensable. Today, Sino-British relations are inseparable from the support and active participation of the overseas Chinese. I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of you.”
“This year, the development of British overseas Chinese community is gratifying. The Spring Festival celebrations in London’s Trafalgar Square, Birmingham and Cambridge have been climaxed. The number of Chinese candidates for local elections in the UK has set a record, and the response to the World War I Chinese series has been enthusiastic. The activities of the overseas Chinese community to help the motherland’s construction, promote China-United Kingdom cooperation, promote Chinese culture, and promote the harmony of overseas Chinese society are notable. In October next year, the 15th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Conference will be held in London. With the theme of “New Opportunities for Chinese Businessmen”, it will surely become a grand event for the Chinese businessmen to participate in the grand celebration and cooperation, and we are full of expectations.”
Then, the speech by Lindsey Hall, Lord Mayor of Westminster, London, emphasized the excellent relationship between Westminster and the Chinese people who visited London and visited the country. It also symbolizes the broader relationship between the UK and China in tourism; study abroad, academic and business exchanges. Moreover, the contribution of Chinese and British Chinese citizens in art, culture, business and communication, language and even food.
Later, the Principal Deputy Chairman Tom Tin Sun Li thanked the associations, enterprises, and individuals who participated and sponsored the celebration. Soprano singer Gao Minglu sang a song, and Lin Lin performed flute, Liu Kainan, Bi Li Cun dance. Lin Cunguo Kung Fu Association Youth Performance Team and Brighton Chinese Association ‘White Eyebrow’ Martial Arts Kung Fu Performance, Fung Chi Han Master White Eyebrow Chinese boxing, Cheung Chung Yu, Fan Shue Chi Demolition and Eagle Claw Boxing, and the wonderful literary and visual feast of Wong Pui Chi singing in the Beijing Water Cube competition, the finale was successfully concluded by all the guests on stage, “Singing the Motherland”.