Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xianfa At the Reception Marking the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

Your Excellency, Hon. Mr. Justin Muturi, Speaker of Kenya National Assembly,

Your Excellency, Madam Sahle-Work Zewde, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi,

Your Excellency, Dr. Joan Clos, the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme,

Hon. Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries, Senators and Members of Parliament,

Your Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good Morning.

Firstly, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy, Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations Environment Programme and Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, I would like to extend my warm welcome and sincere gratitude to all the distinguished guests at the Chinese National Day Reception.

On 1stOctober, the People’s Republic of China will celebrate its 68th Founding Anniversary. On 18th October, the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China shall be held in Beijing, during which the guidelines for actions and major policies for future development will be formulated and a new leadership elected.

Five years ago, with Comrade Xi Jinping as its core, the Central Committee of CPC proposed the “Two Centenary Goals.” The goals aimed at building the “Chinese Dream”, that is, to double the 2010 GDP and per capita income of the Chinese; complete the building of a moderately prosperous society by 2020, build a prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, and harmonious modern socialist country, and realize the great renewal of the Chinese nation by the middle of the century.

In order to achieve these goals, under the strong leadership of CPC, the Chinese people united as one and forged ahead in the past five years.

We advanced the overall plan for promoting all-round economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological progress.

We promoted the four-pronged Comprehensive Strategy, namely, building moderate prosperity in all respects, deepening all-round reforms, advancing the rule of law in every aspect, and strengthening all-round party discipline.

The past five years have seen China’s historic leap forward, rapid and spectacular achievements.

The past five years have witnessed great achievements of the Chinese people in terms of their sense of gains, happiness, security, and pride. Further, the past five years have witnessed the exceptional contribution of China to world peace and prosperity.

From the Yanxi lakeside gathering of APEC leaders in Beijing to the G20 Summit by the West Lake in Hangzhou, from the first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to the BRICS Xiamen Summit, we have shared Chinese wisdom and Chinese solutions with the world.

In this way, we have employed the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration to enhance world peace and prosperity. We have committed ourselves to the path of peaceful development, proposed the concept of building a community of a shared future for mankind, and dedicated our efforts to building a new type of international relations that feature win-win cooperation. In this regard, we firmly support the maintaining of an open economy system and multilateral trade mechanism instead of trade protectionism. We have actively participated in the reform of the global governance for a more just and equitable system.

We have also proposed the Belt and Road Initiative and successfully hosted the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, during which a five-category list of deliverables, including 76 agreements and 270 tangible outcomes, has been achieved. It is a manifestation of China’s readiness to provide new public goods and development opportunities to the rest of the world.

In the past five years, China has maintained an average year-on-year growth rate of 7.2% and contributed over 30% of global growth.

We also project that in the coming five years, China will import 8 trillion USD of goods, attract 600 billion USD of foreign investment and make 750 billion USD of outbound investment. China’s economic development will bring more and better opportunities to the whole world including Kenya.

Ladies and gentlemen,

China and Kenya are each other’s good friends, good brothers and good partners. Over the past year, China-Kenya relations have continued to achieve significant outcomes, which have greatly invigorated our traditional friendship of more than 600 years. Here I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some details of the most important progress in the development of our bilateral relations.

This year in May, President Uhuru Kenyatta visited China for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. During the visit, President Xi Jinping met with President Kenyatta. The two heads of state reached broad consensus on strengthening the bilateral cooperation in various fields, and agreed to upgrade China-Kenya relations to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which has pointed out an advancing direction for the future of our bilateral relations.

In June, as one of the early tangible outcomes of the Belt and Road Initiative and one of the examples of China-Kenya mutually beneficial cooperation, the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) was successfully constructed and launched. Chinese State Councilor, Wang Yong, the special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, attended the launching ceremony. For four months, the SGR has been operated safely and stably with a passenger volume of more than 280, 000. Therefore, the SGR has become a shiny name card for China-Kenya friendly cooperation.

In terms of the overall economic relationship, China continues to be Kenya’s largest trading partner, source country of investment and construction project contractor. The bilateral trade volume reached 5.7 billion USD in 2016, and China’s investment in Kenya keeps growing, with dozens of enterprises of cement, steel rolling and construction materials being established here in Kenya.

The past year also witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements on production capacity, judicial assistance and extradition, elimination of double taxation, and prevention of tax evasion. There was also the establishment of Chinese Cultural Center, which has fostered a more favourable policy and cultural environment for cooperation.

In people to people exchanges, brand new achievements have been made. The number of Chinese tourists in Kenya reached 50, 000; another 150 outstanding Kenyan students were offered Chinese Government Scholarships, and over 1, 000 Kenyan people from various circles studied and trained in China, all in 2016.

Furthermore, interactive spaces such as the four Confucius Institutes in Kenya have been actively promoting bilateral exchanges in language and culture, science, and technology. With a closer cultural interaction, the friendship of our peoples has grown naturally.

When Kenya suffered drought, China did not hesitate to offer 2.3 billion shillings worth of emergency aid.

Moreover, China and Kenya have closely communicated and coordinated in a variety of areas such as anti-terrorism, peace keeping, Security Council reforms, and climate change. Both countries have worked together to address hot spot issues concerning South Sudan, Burundi, and Somali, so as to maintain the peace and stability of the larger eastern African region.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The bilateral relations between China and Kenya have yielded fruitful results. This could not have been achieved without the joint efforts of both sides, or without the care, support and contribution of our Kenyan friends.

I would like to take this opportunity, therefore, to pay my highest tribute and extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you.

Looking forward, there will be significant events for both countries. China and Kenya will develop at a new historical starting point. It is my hope and belief that China and Kenya will continue to work more closely to seize opportunities, and push forward the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for more tangible outcomes, so as to benefit our people.

Finally, I would like to propose a toast,

To the prosperity of China and Kenya, and the happiness of our people,

To the development of the bilateral relations, and the long-lasting friendship between our people,

To the health and happiness of all the friends here,


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