Resplendent with red and golden colored lanterns and lights the ambience was specially significant and reflected the theme of the country. The embassy of People’s Republic of China in New Delhi celebrated its 70th anniversary which falls on October 1.
With the aim of striving for a better future Chinese Ambassador to India, Sun Weidong, on this occasion addressed a large gathering of invited guest including heads of diplomatic missions, leaders of political parties, parliamentarians, media and others distinguished people on China’s historical journey, the country’s present and emphasized the future that India China relations have. The Chief Guest was Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary of East, Ministry of External Affairs. A diverse cultural show was put up by Chinese groups including performances by artists from Hubei province.
One of the oldest civilizations in the world spanning 5000 years, China, witnessed a lot of ups and downs and now is a thriving republic of 1.43 billion people and the largest country in the world. Referring to history of China Sun Weidong chroniclised the invasions of western powers and corruption of feudal rulers reducing China to a semi-feudal and semi-colonial society eventually giving birth to the Communist Party of China 98 years ago. With Tiananmen rostrum, Chairman Mao Zedong founded the People's Republic of China after 20 years. From Deng Xiaoping who kick-started reform and economic development, China started opening up. Since CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping became President, China claims it ushered into an era of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
Ambassador did not stress less that China and India have achieved national liberation and independence almost at the same time (China 1949-2019).
The Present: China today
Giving a sneak peak into China’s growth story Ambassador Weidong said, ‘China today is strong and prosperous, is world's second largest economy, largest trader in goods and largest holder of foreign exchange reserves. We have established a complete modern industrial system.’
The growth of China since a decade has been phenomenal. The country is crisscrossed by inter-connected highways, inter-regional pipelines and water transfer projects, sprawling high-speed railway and bridge networks. China boosts of over 100 million market entities and 15,000 new enterprises that come into existence every day. The envoy informed that every year, 8 million college students graduate and tens of millions of new jobs are created. ‘We have 40% patent applications of the world. We have the largest middle-income group in the world, with annual retail sales of consumer goods exceeding $5 trillion.’
He said, ‘We have put in place the largest social security system in the world with life expectancy reaching 77 years. We have lifted more than 700 million people out of poverty and by the end of 2020, China will eliminate absolute poverty.’
China claims to be having the most world heritage sites and the largest single structure airport terminal in the world, over 800 million Internet users and over 3,000 world champions in sports. China’s tea ceremony, Kongfu, calligraphy and painting are arts unique to China and popular across the world. China also claims of having reduced carbon emissions by over 5 billion tons. ‘We have adopted the vision that "clear waters and green mountains are mountains of gold and silver". We worked hard to make sure that our future generations will not only have material wealth, but also enjoy starry sky, green mountains and fragrant flowers’, said the Ambassador.
Crediting the CPC solely for China’s achievements Weidong said we have got it through reform and opening up to the outside world.
In the context of the recent Hong Kong protests and Taiwan issue under the one China policy what the Chinese envoy to India says is interesting and sounded well intentioned. Weidong said, ‘China's development not only benefits its own people, but also provides opportunities for the prosperity and progress of countries around the world. We firmly pursue an independent foreign policy of peace, respect the right of all countries to independently choose their own path of development, and uphold international equity and justice. We oppose imposing one's own will on others, interfering in other countries' internal affairs, and bullying of the weak by the strong. We strongly advocate the concept of solidarity and win-win cooperation. We have actively developed global partnerships. We expanded cooperation and coordination with other major countries. We will deepen relations with neighboring countries according to the principle of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness.’
On security he said, ‘We resolutely safeguard China's sovereignty, security and development interests. China will never bully others, nor will it be bullied. China is an important defender of world peace and stability.’
He emphasized, ‘Over the past 70 years, China, as a major developing country, has sent more than 600,000 personnel and provided nearly 400 billion yuan in development aid. Over 700 Chinese people have martyred in helping other countries development.China India role
‘The rise of developing countries and emerging economies as a whole represented by China, India and other countries has dramatically changed the international landscape. As the only two developing countries with more than 1 billion population, China-Indian relations go beyond the bilateral scope and has global significance,’ he said.
Paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi in his 150th birth anniversary he said, ‘Mahatma Gandhi, led India to shake off colonial rule and win independence. I wish to cherish the fond memory of Dr. Kotnis, the Indian doctor who sacrificed his young life for China's liberation cause.’
Seeking cooperation and consensus between 2 big giant nations of Asia, Ambassador Weidong said, ‘Looking forward, China and India as major emerging countries need to actively explore ways to get along with each other and regard each other as partners in realizing our development dreams in a positive, open and inclusive manner.
‘We need to move under the guidance of the important consensus between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, continue to unleash the positive effects of the Wuhan informal summit to promote the development of China-India relations.
‘We need to expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges and enhance mutual understanding and trust. It is necessary to go beyond the mode of differences management, focus on actively shaping the bilateral relations.’
Importantly India and China will be celebrating 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2020. ‘Let’s seize the opportunities, take concrete actions, march together on the path of pursuing the Chinese dream and building "New India". he said.