Together for a better future--Ambassador Yi Xianliang's remarks on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China
2021-09-29 17:39

Dear friends, ladies and gentlemen:

Greetings to you all. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we still could not meet in person this year, but I believe the pandemic could never hinder the bonds of our friendship.

On the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 67th anniversary of the establishment of China-Norway diplomatic relations, I would like to extend, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Norway, sincere greetings and best wishes to you, for your continuous support to China and our bilateral relations!

2021 marks the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. Over the past 100 years, the CPC has adhered to its original aspiration of pursuing happiness for the people and rejuvenation for the nation. It led the Chinese people in concerted efforts to transform a backward semi-colonial and semi-feudal country to a fast-growing economy which contributes to over 30 percent of the world's economic growth in recent years. Over the course, 770 million people have been lifted out of absolute poverty. A moderately prosperous society has been established in all respects.

In containing the COVID-19 virus, we put people and their lives first, and care about the life, value and dignity of every individual, making every effort to prevent and control the virus within our boarder. As a result, life and work have gradually returned to normal and over 1.1 billion people have now been fully vaccinated. Putting the concept of Global Community of Health into action, we have provided vaccines to more than 130 states and international organizations, and assisted countries to realize local production of vaccines. We have also committed to providing 2 billion doses of vaccines to the rest of the world within this year, donating 100 million US dollars to the COVAX and 100 million doses of vaccines to developing countries.

While fighting the pandemic, we strive to maintain sustainable growth powered by innovation and green technology. China was the biggest source of applications for international patents in the world in 2020 for the second consecutive year, with a total number of 68720 applications. The newly installed wind and solar power capacity reached 120 million kilowatts, accounting for 63% of the total newly installed power generation capacity. During the first half of 2021, Chinese GDP increased by 12.7%, while the per capita disposable income increased by 12%.

Despite the fact that the two countries are thousands of miles apart and possess different political systems, histories and cultures, China and Norway have always upheld the spirit of inclusiveness and cooperation. As early as in 1888, DNV opened its first office in China. In 1906, the Qing government of China recognized the newly independent Norway and sent a senior delegation for official visit. Norway was also among the first European countries to recognize the People's Republic of China in 1950 and China's full market economy status in 2007.

Facing the combined impacts of changes unseen in a century and the COVID-19 pandemic, China-Norway relations have once again demonstrated strong resilience. China is Norway's fourth largest trading partner in the first half of 2021 and the trade volume increased by 32.5%. Norwegian salmon has accounted for one-third of China's market share. The two countries have carried out more than 30 joint research projects to address climate change. In preparation of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, many Chinese teams have received support from Norwegian coaches and professionals. On the multilateral arena, China and Norway cooperated closely to support vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries. We also stand shoulder to shoulder in UN Security Council to ease the tensions in the middle east.

To strengthen the bilateral relations between China and Norway, I would like to share three of my expectations for the future:

Firstly, we should embrace cooperation and seek harmony but not uniformity. Diversity and pluralism are the characteristics of today's world. The two sides should uphold mutual respect, treat each other as equals, pursue dialogue and inclusiveness over confrontation and exclusion, and practice peaceful and friendly coexistence.

Secondly, we need to create new prospects and promote the spirit of mutual benefit. Crises foster new opportunities. The two sides should explore new ways of sustainable development in the post-COVID-19 era in line with the fundamental interest of our two peoples to deepen and consolidate the bilateral cooperation in all areas.

Thirdly, we must commit ourselves in upholding multilateralism. The international landscape is experiencing profound changes. Consultation and cooperation is the only way out to overcome challenges ahead. Both sides should continue to uphold multilateralism and work together in unity, advocate the establishment of a more just and rational institutional framework for global governance, and make greater contributions to building a community with a shared future for mankind.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is about to commence in just a few months, and the Olympic flame will once again be ignited in Beijing. This will be a grand event both the Chinese and Norwegian people eagerly look forward to, and which we will endeavor to present to the world with "simplicity, safety and excellence". I wish both the Chinese and Norwegian athletes good results! And let's cheer together for them from Oslo and Beijing!

However the world may change, friends and companions provide a great strength to count on. I am determined to work with you to write the new chapter of development and cooperation between our two countries and foster a better future of China-Norway relations.

May the friendship between our two peoples last forever!

Wish you all good health and happiness!

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