Ambassador Zhan Yongxin Delivers the Keynote Speech at the Fourth Annual Conference on Israel's China Policy
On 14 November, Ambassador Zhan Yongxin delivered the keynote speech at the Fourth Annual Conference on Israel's China Policy. Ambassador Zhan talked about the achievements by the People's Republic of China over the past seven decades and updated the audience on the current development of China-Israel relations. Ambassador Zhan also rebutted the arrogance, prejudice and unfounded suspicions held by the west when they are observing China. The full text is as follows:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good afternoon! It is my great pleasure to join you at the Fourth Annual Conference on Israel's China Policy. In Israel, it is easy to find a speech giver, but difficult to find an audience. So today I am privileged to share with our distinguished guests on my take about China, it's relations with Israel and the world.
My colleague told me that we had robust discussions in the morning about the opportunities and challenges for China and Israel in a changing world. Indeed, China is a trending topic. Israel, like many other countries, has an increasing appetite for China-related information, and the debate on how to deal with China is also gaining traction. There are many good suggestions but also unbalanced criticisms.
However, I believe no one would deny the fact that the People's Republic of China has achieved all-round development and is playing a more prominent role worldwide.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic. Momentous achievements were made with the leadership of the Communist Party of China and the relentless efforts of the Chinese people. According to researches, from 1913 to 1950, global GDP grew by 1.8% year on year, but for China, the economy shrunk by 0.02% annually. This was the beginning of the CPC's governance.
Over the 70 years, China's economy has grown from 60 billion to over 90 trillion RMB, becoming the second-largest economy and the largest contributor to global growth. China also ranks No.1 in terms of industrial output, trade in goods and forex reserves. Moreover, people's welfare was improved notably. Disposable income for average Chinese grew by 60 times. Over 800 million were lifted out of poverty. Average life expectancy increase from 35 to 77 years. China, once a country with 80% of its population illiterate, has built the largest higher education system in the world.
A growing China is also getting closer to the center of the world and taking up its responsibility as a major power. 70 years ago, the People's Republic was shut out of the western world. Today, it has broken the blockade and isolation, and become a member of almost every inter-governmental organization. As a staunching force of globalization, China is bringing more certainty to this uncertain world.
Take the Belt and Road Initiative for example. It has created over 300 thousand jobs for the participating countries and driven investment of over 150 billion US dollars. It is under the Belt and Road cooperation that the Maldives built its first cross-sea bridge, East Africa has the first expressway and the Piraeus Port of Greece returned to its glory as a Mediterranean hub.
Several days ago, the second China International Import Expo was successfully concluded. Over 3000 enterprises from more than 150 countries and regions participated in the event. As President Xi Jinping stated in the opening ceremony, China will adhere to its fundamental policy of opening-up and stay committed to promote reform, development and innovation. This will bring about the opening-up at an even higher level.
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