Ladies and gentlemen,
Welcome to our reception to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China co-hosted by me and Ambassador Li Chenggang, Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the World Trade Organization, and Li Song, Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs of China.
This year marks the 73rdanniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, and the 10thyear of a new era in building socialism with Chinese characteristics. In the last 10 years, China has undergone tremendous and magnificent changes, which are extremely unusual and extraordinary. Under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, Chinese people have forged ahead along theroad of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and made a giant stride toward the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
In this decade, a giant stride has been made toward building a modern socialist country. China has built a moderately prosperous society in all respects as scheduled, achieved great success in coordinating economic development and pandemic prevention and control, and successfully promoted and expanded the Chinese path to modernization. China's GDP has increased from 53.9 trillion yuan in 2012 to 114.4 trillion yuan in 2021, with its proportion in the world economy rising from 11.3% to over 18%. And China has a middle-income group of 400 million people, the biggest in the world. The economic development and the living standards of the Chinese people have reached new heights.
In this decade, a giant stride has been made toward the building of whole-process people’s democracy. China has put forward and developed the major concept of whole-process people's democracy, continuously promoted the protection of human rights and the rule of law, and firmly safeguarded social equity and justice. Chinese people are enjoying fuller, more extensive and comprehensive democratic rights than ever before. China upholds equality among all ethnic groups and protects their legitimate rights and interests. The great unity of the Chinese nation has been continuously consolidated and developed.
In this decade, a giant stride has been made in advancing major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics. China is always committed to an independent foreign policy of peace, resolutely defend the national sovereignty, security and development interests, actively promotes the building of a new type of international relations and an open world economy, and advances the high-quality cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative. China has put forward the Global Development Initiative, Global Security Initiative and other initiatives that are conducive to world peace and progress, and will continue to join hands with other countries to build a community with a shared future for mankind.
In this decade, a giant stride has been made in the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China. The great achievements have been made by the Communist Party of China uniting and leading the Chinese people to face up difficulties and overcome the risks and challenges. The Communist Party of China has conformed to the trend, shouldered great responsibilities, played to the full its role as overall leader and coordinator in all areas of endeavor in every part of the country, and led the entire Party, the military, and all Chinese people in forging ahead. The Chinese nation has achieved a historic transformation from standing upright to becoming prosperous and growing in strength.
The 20thNational Congress of the Communist Party of China will be held next month. Chinese people will strive to write a brand new chapter in building a modern socialist country in all respects.
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
Human society, like the natural world, has both sunny and rainy days in its development. Today, the Covid-19 pandemic has continued unabated. Regional conflicts keep flaring up. Unilateralism and protectionism are resurfacing. Economic globalization has encountered headwinds. The world has entered a new phase of uncertainty and transformation
In the face of changing international dynamics,China will resolutely uphold the UN-centered international system, firmly defend the UN’s central role in international affairs, and continue to be a true promoter of multilateralism. China has become the second largest contributor to the financing of UN peacekeeping operations and the largest contributor of UN peacekeepers among the Permanent Members of the Security Council. China is committed to promoting the common values of humanity and upholding the vision of equality, mutual trust, inclusiveness, mutual learning, win-win cooperation and common development. China is ready to advance the global governance on human rights in a fairer, more equitable, rational and inclusive direction, and make China's contribution to the development of global human rights cause.
As one of the most dynamic centers of multilateral diplomacy,Geneva is also where the Chinese multilateral diplomacy started. This January, President Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at the World Economic Forum, demonstrated China's firm will to stand with all countries to fight the Covid-19 pandemic,and chartered the cause for international cooperation.China embraces a global governance philosophy that emphasizes extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and has actively participated in multilateral cooperation in Geneva in the fields of human rights, disarmament, public health, trade and development, intellectual property rights, telecommunication and labor protection, contributing China's wisdom to global governance. Faced with changes unseen in a century, China will further strengthen its cooperation with international organizations and multilateral institutions including the UN, encourage all parties to uphold multilateralism and improve global governance, and make unremitting efforts for the noble cause of peace and development of mankind.
Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to all the friends who render a helping hand to China’s development. My special gratitude goes to WIPO for not only providing the venue for today's reception, but also for the ever stronger cooperation between us. This afternoon, WIPO released the Global Innovation Index 2022 and China ranks 11th with an upward momentum in 10 consecutive years. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of China-WIPO cooperation. China is ready to further reinforce the cooperation between the two sides.
Now, I would like to propose a toast:
To the 73rdanniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China,
To world peace and prosperity,
And to the health and happiness of all the friends.