|REMARKS BY CONSUL GENERAL H.E. MR. ZHANG JIANXIN AT THE RECEPTION MARKING THE 63RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA|
Honorable Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah,
Honorable Ministers and Consuls General,
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:
Tonight we are having a festive gathering here to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. It is our great honor to have Honorable Chief Minister Sindh to grace the occasion. On behalf of the Chinese Consulate General in Karachi, I would like to extend my warm welcome to all the guests and friends attending the reception, my heartfelt appreciation to all of you who have been long committed to China-Pakistan friendship, and festive greetings to representatives of Chinese institutions and Chinese compatriots working and living in Pakistan.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Over the past 63 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China led by Chinese Communist Party and Government, Chinese people, through arduous struggle, have succeeded in finding a path of development conforming to China's reality and trend of the times. On the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, China has made remarkable achievements which have commanded attention of the world. Despite global economic hardship, China's economy sustained a stable growth with an increase of GDP by 7.8% and foreign trade by 8% in the first half of 2012, which brings fresh confidence and impetus to the recovery of the world economy. In the meanwhile, Chinese government attaches more importance to the welfare of common people. With successive introduction of reform measures in the areas such as health and income distribution, economic achievements are being translated into more tangible benefits to vast numbers of households.
This year is an important year for China with the 12th "Five-Year Plan" for economic and social development being in full implementation. The Communist Party of China will have the 18th National Congress, which will draw blueprints and guide China's future development. Though the current world is still complex and volatile in political and economic situation and there are still many difficulties and challenges facing China, we are in full confidence that China is going to have a brighter future!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
China and Pakistan are connected by rivers and mountains. Thanks to care and support from the successive leaders on both sides and the hard work of the governments and peoples of our two countries, an exclusively unique relationship which features all weather friendship and all round strategic partnership of cooperation has been established between China and Pakistan. This special friendship is based on mutual respect and understanding and has taken deep root in the hearts of our people. We are truly good neighbors, good friends, good partners and good brothers. Our friendship, which is "higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, sweeter than honey and stronger than steel" has become our valuable treasury and should be passed on from generation to generation. We are also pleased to see that the increasingly expanding exchanges in various fields between China and Pakistan are prominent and substantial in both Sindh and Balochistan. We believe that more outcomes are yet to be achieved in our bilateral collaboration.
China and Pakistan both play key roles in the region and have tremendous potentials of cooperation. Let us seize the opportunity and surge ahead hand in hand. Let us work together for an evergreen China-Pakistan friendship, for more achievements in our bilateral cooperation, and for a splendid tomorrow of our strategic partnership of cooperation!
May both China and Pakistan be prosperous and their peoples happy!
China-Pakistan Dosti Zindabad!