Remarks by Consul General Xu Erwen at the Reception Marking the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
Hon Minister Kevin Davis,
Hon Mayor Phil Goff,
National Party President Mr. Peter Goodfellow,
Respected Members of NZ Parliament, Mayors and Councilors,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished Guests, Dear Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my great honor and pleasure to host the reception tonight in celebration of the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in this paradise city of hundred lovers and beautiful spring season. At this joyful moment, please allow me to extend, on behalf of the Chinese Consulate General in Auckland, our warmest welcome to all the friends present here tonight. Before I officially start my speech, I would like to express my special thanks to the artists of Huaxing arts troupe for their beautiful performance and also want to recognize a distinguished Chinese delegation organized by the National People Congress of China.
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is the third time for me to host the National Day reception in Auckland. The number "three" in Chinese culture means "a lot" and "upgraded". Indeed, more and more friendly exchanges and successful win-win co-operations in various fields, have been emerging and growing within our consular district and NZ each and every day. And many early harvest has been achieved, particularly in area of building one belt one road initiative. I am so happy and so proud to witness these remarkable progress and would like to express my deep appreciation to all the friends and Chinese compatriots in NZ for your valuable support and assistance.
I am so proud of the momentous achievements made over past 69 years by New China. Tonight, I'd like to take this opportunity to share with you three major points of "upgraded" with regard to China and our bilateral relationship: