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LET'S CELEBRATE
SPEECH BY AMB. HUANG HUIKANG AT THE NATIONAL DAY RECEPTION
2015/09/30

(Sept. 28, 2015 at Marriot Hotel, Kuala Lumpur)

 

Honorable Datuk Haji Fadillah Yusof, Minister of Works,

Honorable Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Ting, Prime Minister’s Special envoy to China,

Honorable Dato’ Sri Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister of International Trade and Industry Ministry,

Honorable Mr. Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of Finance,

Honorable Datuk Nur Jazlan, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Ministry,

Honoralbe Mr. Masir Anak Kujat, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Ministry,

Honorable General Tan Sri Raja Mohammed Affandi, Chief Army,

Honorable Vice Admiral Dato’ Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman, Deputy Chief of Navy,

Excellencies,

Friends,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening! I am very happy to see so many friends coming tonight. Thank you very much for sharing joy to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

During the past 66 years, China has gone through tremendous changes. It was not an easy journey. We have to face challenges and overcome difficulties in a bid to find the suitable path towards progress and prosperity. Despite international financial crisis and slow down of the world economy in recent years, China still managed to keep sustainable growth and contribute to the world development. Despite the moderation in speed, the performance of the Chinese economy is stable and moving in a positive direction.

China has become the world’s second biggest economy. As we are talking about a 10 trillion US Dollars economy, for which 7% growth actually generates more increase in volume than the double-digit growth in the past. China’s foreign trade is worth more than 4 trillion US Dollars. Meanwhile, China contributes 30% of world economic growth during the first half of 2015.

China has grown into a huge market. In the coming five years, China will import more than 10 trillion US Dollars of goods. Chinese investment abroad will exceed 500 billion US Dollars, and more than 500 million outbound visits will be made by Chinese tourists.

Thanks to the support of our friends including Malaysia, Beijing is going to be the first host city of both the Winter and Summer Olympics games. I am particular happy to see the decision of International Olympic Committee was made in KL on 31st July this year. And the ski park invested by Malaysian Chinese businessman will be the main venue of snow sports for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. I hope everyone present tonight could make your trip and let us meet in Beijing in 2022!

Yet there is one thing about China that has not changed. More than 600 years ago, Chinese great voyager Zheng He and his fleet brought richful Chinese products including silk, tea and techniques to the rest of the world without claiming any land or property abroad.

600 years later, China is still a nation striving for peace and development. Three Weeks ago, many of you, my dear friends from Malaysia witnessed a grand parade on Tiananmen Square in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War, where President Xi Jinping declared that China will cut its troops by 300,000. The experience of war and aggression only makes us value peace and independence even more. History becomes a mirror, helping us better live for today.

Right now Chinese President Xi Jinping has wrapped up his visit to the US and the Summits commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, where President Xi and Prime Minister Najib met twice to discuss international issues. China is fully aware of its international responsibilities and will contribute as much as it can to building harmony and prosperity in the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Malaysia is China’s comprehensive strategic partner. We are, as our leaders put it, “trustworthy friends and reliable partners”.

We are together during the 1997 Asian financial crisis and 2008 international financial crisis. We are together during the Wenchuan Earthquake and MH370 tragic accident. We are together when the East Coast flood ravaged in Malaysia. We are together to extend helping hands to poor families in China’s mountainous areas and earthquake stricken schools in East Malaysia. We thumb up for each other when some other people chose to downplay our strengths and talk us down. We will always be there for each other in times of trying.

If you are already cheered up by our over 100 billion US Dollars trade volume, the growing investments, the establishment of a RMB clearing bank, Guangdong-Melaka ties, and mostly by a newly-born baby Panda, I would like to say, there is more good to come. Following Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib’s official visit to Beijing, May 2014, Premier Li Keqiang is going to make an official visit to Malaysia in November while attending the East Asia Summits. I am sure this visit will bring us more surprises and much outcome that would benefit the two countries and two peoples.

So let’s celebrate, for China, Malaysia, our friendship and a splendid future!

Thank you very much and enjoy the night!

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