Honorable Sri Aariz Aftab, IAS, Secretary, Co-operation department, Government of West Bengal,
Ladies and gentlemen, friends,
Tonight, we are very happy to gather here for the grand celebration of the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. First of all, on behalf of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, I would like to extend my warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to my chief guest, Honorable Sri Aariz Aftab, IAS, Secretary, Co-operation department, Government of West Bengal, to my colleagues from diplomatic corps in Kolkata and to my dear Indian friends from all walks of life. I would also like to extend my festival greetings to all the overseas Chinese, Chinese enterprises and Chinese students in Kolkata.
Over the past 65 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China, in particular over the past 35 years since China's Reform and Opening-Up, China has achieved tremendous success in continuously enhancing comprehensive national strength and significantly improving people's living standard as well as in exerting international influences. The development target for China is to double the GDP and the average income of people by 2020 compared with that in 2010, to build a prosperous and modern China by 2050. This dream of realizing great national rejuvenation is what China is striving for. While making miraculous achievement in development, we are well aware of the fact that China still remains a developing country, and our GDP per capita still ranks 89 in the world despite of our status as the second largest economy in the world. The economic development is still the priority of China.
China requires lasting peace and stability in the international environment. We unswervingly stick to the path of peaceful development and commit ourselves to developing amicable relationships and partnerships with our neighbors within the frame work of China's neighborhood diplomacy, which is amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness.
Ladies and gentlemen,
As the two largest developing countries and emerging markets in the world, China and India are playing important roles in the world and have become the powerful engines for the economic growth in Asia and world at large. With China as the world factory and India as the world office, there remains great potential and bright prospect in the cooperation between our two countries.
Last week, President Xi Jinping paid a successful state visit to India, conducted candid, friendly and in-depth discussions and reached important consensus with the Indian leaders. Both sides agreed to build closer partnerships in development. The leaders of both sides point out, I quote, “China and India speak with one voice, the whole world will lend ears; China and India join hands, the whole world will behold”, “China and India are two bodies, one spirit”. The relationship between China and India goes beyond bilateral relations and is of significant influence both regionally and globally. Once the Chinese dragon and Indian elephant join hands, it will benefit not only our two countries but also Asia and the rest of the world.
The state visit by President Xi has yielded fruitful results. The two sides signed around 20 cooperation documents. The Chinese side will invest $ 20 billion in India in next 5 years, build two industrial parks, help India to upgrade relevant railways and stations, give more market access to Indian products, accelerate the construction of BCIM economic corridor, strengthen further cooperation in various fields such as people to people exchange, culture, education, tourism, religion, media, TV and broadcasting, bonding of cities and provinces. China has decided to open a new pilgrim path passing through the Netula Pass, to facilitate journeys for Indian pilgrims to the sacred mountains and lakes in China's Tibet. The two countries have decided to have “India Tourism Year” in China in 2015 and “China Tourism year” in India in 2016.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The China-India relations are at the new historic junction and are faced with important opportunities. We are confident that we will march from inch toward mile under the guidance of the five principles of peaceful coexistence. What we need to do now is to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and to jointly build a closer development partnership with the objective of making contribution to the happy life of 2.5 billion people of both countries.
Ladies and gentlemen, before I conclude my speech, I would like to say a few words about the joyful festival atmosphere in all the streets and stores and the smiles on the faces of people in Kolkata. I know that people are preparing for the grand celebration of Durga Puja, I am delighted to share the happiness of people here in Kolkata and I would like to take this opportunity to give my congratulation to you all. Happy Durga Puja!
Finally, May I propose a toast
To the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China
To the closer development partnership between China and India
To the heath and happiness of all the distinguished guests