Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Oxford and Cambridge Club: China is Firmly Committed to Peaceful Development and Win-Win Cooperation
Chairman Joanna Tudor-Blakeway,
Ladies and Gentlemen:
It is a real delight to join you at the Oxford and Cambridge Club.
Oxford and Cambridge are the two universities that I have visited most frequently since becoming the Chinese Ambassador to the UK. But this is my first visit to the Oxford and Cambridge Club. It is very special and significant. So I have decided to make my very first speech of 2019 at your club, the home of outstanding alumni from both these two world-renowned universities.
2019 is an important year for China. It marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The past 70 years have seen China going through profound changes and growing from "the sick man of East Asia" ridden with poverty and weakness to the second largest economy in the world. This has been a miracle in the history of human development.
For people here in Britain, China is no longer a "far away land". China is right here before your eyes. It is in your newspapers every day. And more and more people feel closely connected with what is going on in China.
So what does China's development mean to the UK? Is it an opportunity, a challenge or a threat? To answer this question, one must first try to understand China, and to know where it has come from and where it is going in the future.
The key to understanding China is to understand that China's success of the past 70 years is attributed to its development path that suits China's national conditions. This path is known as socialism with Chinese characteristics. It has four salient features, which can be summarised as four P's.