Remarks by Amb. Dr. Huang Huikang at the National Day Reception
The Honorable Datuk Dr. Wee Ka Siong, Minister in Prime Minister's Department of Malaysia, guest of honor tonight,
The Honorable Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia,
The Honorable Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang, President of the Senate,
Yang Mulia, Tan Sri Tan Sri, Dato'Dato', Datin Datin,
Duan-duan dan puan-puan,
Dinstinguished guests, Dear friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,
大家晚上好!Selemat Petang! Good evening!
Today we are gathering here in Shangri-la to celebrate the 65th birthday of the People's Republic of China. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all the friends present here this evening, and convey my heartfelt appreciation to all the people who have made contribution to China and Malaysia relations.
As the national anthem is played, I couldn't help recalling that on October 1, 1949, founding of new China, opened a new era in Chinese history. Chinese people stood up, held their own destiny, and created the miracles of the republic.
Looking back, we feel proud of China's development. Huge changes have taken place in China. The national economy and overall national capacity have significantly developed, living standards have remarkably improved, and its international status has risen higher than ever. All the Chinese people, including the overseas Chinese has been greatly inspired .
Looking forward, we are embracing a bright future. Seven years later, at the 100 anniversary of the founding of China's Communist Party, we are going to build a moderately prosperous society in China. Thirty-five years later, at the 100 anniversary of the founding of P. R. China, we are going to have a prosperous, democratic, modern socialist country. We are at a new historic starting point!
Ladies and gentlemen,
China's development is an opportunity to the world. As the "world factory" and "world market", China contributes 30% of world's and 50% of Asia's economic growth. It is estimated that there will be 150 million Chinese tourists traveling abroad annually by 2020. I would be very happy to work closely with our Malaysian colleagues to make sure that the Chinese tourists visit Malaysia first.
China needs the world, and the world also needs China. China will adhere to an independent foreign policy and path of peaceful development, and promote a harmonious world of lasting peace and common prosperity.
A Malay friend once asked me, why does the Chinese national anthem sound so passionate? My answer is that it captures the epic struggle of the Chinese people to resist foreign aggression and realize national independence in modern history. Chinese people want, more than anything else, to live in peace with other people of the world, especially with neighboring countries. We often say in China, "Good neighbors are more precious than gold". China sees its friendship with neighborhood as the key to its well-being and of its development.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of our diplomatic ties. Living side by side, the Chinese and Malaysian people conducted exchanges since ancient times, went through hardship together in modern history and share weal and woe in our common journey of development.
We witnessed Prime Minister Dato'Sri Najib's official visit and His Majesty Agong's state visit to China with the signing of the Joint Communiqué. Soon PM Najib is going to attending the APEC Summit in Beijing. These high-level exchanges will bring both our bilateral and multilateral cooperation to a wider scope and a grand new height.
Just as Prime Minister Najib said in his remarks commemorating the 40th anniversary, "The ties that bind us will bring stability for our region, and opportunity for our citizens." "As Asia assumes a greater role in the world, we look forward to greater co-operation in the service of common goals". China is eager to work with Malaysia to make our pie of cooperation bigger. I would like to say, Welcome aboard China express! And boleh Malaysia! (Malaysia can)
May I invite you to join me in a toast for the good health and well being of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the success and prosperity of Governments and Peoples of Malaysia and China. Cheers! Thank you once again and hope you enjoy the evening!