Remarks by Ambassador Zhou Pingjian of China to Kenya at the Online Reception for the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
Honorable Tom Amolo, Political and Diplomatic Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are deeply honored that you have come to join us via video link in celebrating the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. I wish to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who have long cared for China and supported China-Kenya relations.
Over the past nine months, China has fought a fierce war against the COVID-19 epidemic and has passed the extraordinary test of history. Under the strong leadership of President Xi Jinping and the CPC Central Committee, China has effectively curbed the spread of the virus and experienced steady economic and social recovery.
In just over a month, China managed to contain the rapid spread of the virus. In about two months, the daily increase in domestic coronavirus cases fell to single digits. In just about three months, a decisive victory was secured in once the hardest-hit Chinese city of Wuhan. Besides, China has effectively contained sporadic outbreaks.
Across the world, China has become the first major economy to return to growth since the COVID-19 pandemic, and has taken the lead in epidemic control, vaccine development and economic recovery. This has highlighted China's great resilience, strong ability of recovery and enormous vitality. We have every confidence to achieve our goals within the set time frame, that is, to finish the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, lift out of poverty all rural residents living below the current poverty line, and meet ten years ahead of schedule the poverty eradication target set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
With China's spirit in combating the COVID-19 epidemic, featuring putting people's lives first, nationwide solidarity, sacrifice, respecting science and a sense of mission for humanity, the Chinese people and the Chinese nation will certainly forge ahead on the great journey in the new era against all odds. No force can stop Chinese people's march toward a better life.
China has put forward to establish a new development pattern in which domestic and foreign markets can boost each other with the domestic market as the mainstay. This new pattern is both an inevitable choice as China's economic and social development run into a new stage and an important measure for China to deal with the new changes in the world economy. As the Chinese market grows bigger and more mature, immeasurable purchasing power will be created, providing wider markets for both China and the world. The new development pattern also requires China to build a more open economic structure, which will bring about more development opportunities to the world.
China and Kenya share a profound tradition of friendship. In recent years, our two countries have maintained close high-level exchanges. The China-Kenya relationship is in its best shape. Our fruitful and wide-ranging practical cooperation stands out in China-Africa cooperation. Our cooperation and mutual assistance in the fight against COVID-19 represents a prime example of solidarity in the face of a disease. Indeed, the brotherly South-South cooperation between China and Kenya is equal-footed and mutually beneficial.
China has always viewed and developed its ties with Kenya from a strategic and long-term perspective. China will work with Kenya to take forward Belt and Road cooperation and the implementation of the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19, and in that context, strive for new progress in the China-Kenya comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership and deliver greater benefits to the people of both countries. No matter what stage of development it reaches, China will always see the countries of Africa as time-honored friends. No matter how the international landscape may evolve, China shall never waver in its determination to pursue greater solidarity and cooperation with Kenya.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. China was the first to sign on the Charter of the UN. It is a founding member of the UN and the only developing country that takes a permanent seat on the Security Council. Kenya is going to serve on the Security Council for the third time for the period 2021-2022. Both China and Kenya attach great importance to the work of the UN and remain firmly committed to multilateralism.
As President Xi Jinping stressed in his speech at the General Debate of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly last week, "At present, the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic as it goes through profound changes never seen in a century. Yet, peace and development remain the underlying trend of the times, and people everywhere crave even more strongly for peace, development and win-win cooperation," "Let us join hands to uphold the values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom shared by all of us and build a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind. Together, we can make the world a better place for everyone."