Remarks by Ambassador Luo Zhaohui at Reception in Celebration of the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
2017/09/30

Remarks by Ambassador Luo Zhaohui at Reception in Celebration of the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China

September 29, 2017, South Lawn, the Ambassador’s Residence

Honorable Smt. Anupriya Patel,

Excellencies, distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Namaste and Good evening!

Welcome you all to my Embassy for celebrating the Chinese National Day.

You may know that two weeks ago Chinese high speed train from Beijing to Shanghai increased speed from 300km per hour to 350km per hour. We have also started the feasibility study of Hyperloop trains at the speed of 1000 to 4000 km per hour. The other story is that the C919, China’s first big passenger jet, just completed its test flight.

Right now the world is talking about China’s “New Four Inventions”. The first is the high-speed train, of course. The second is Alipay, similar to Paytm in India which would lead to a cashless society. The third is Bicycle-Sharing, a part of sharing-economy. The fourth is Online Shopping. The New Four Inventions are the new pride and glory, compared with the Four Inventions in ancient China, namely, Papermaking, Printing, Compass and Gunpowder.

China is deepening economic reform and working towards innovation, sharing-economy and Internet plus. Now China is the second largest economy in the world and its total GDP is over 11 trillion US dollars. Per-capita GDP reaches over 8,500 US dollars. Two-way trade volume is 3.6 trillion US dollars. Last year more than 120 million Chinese travelled abroad.

These are some figures showing the progress China has made in pursuing the “Chinese Dream”. Everyone is working hard to make life better and make more dreams come true.

Next month, the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will be held in Beijing. I firmly believe that under the leadership of the Communist Party of China and President Xi Jinping, China will have a brighter future.

Friends,

Last week, I visited Pondicherry. It is one of my dreaming places. One of my teachers, Professor Xu Fancheng (徐梵澄) lived in Sri Aurobindo Ashram from 1945 to 1978. He was one of the most famous Chinese scholars translating the Upanisad, Bhagwad Gita, and Shakuntala from Sanskrit to Chinese. He also introduced Sri Aurobindo to China. More than 300 pieces of paintings of Professor Xu were kept in Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Looking at his legacies, our eyes were full of tears. He was one of the bridges between our two countries.

In the history of bilateral engagement, there have been thousands of prominent persons like Professor Xu, including Xuanzang, Faxian, Bodhidharma and Tagore. We should never forget their contribution and legacies. The history could teach us a lot of things. Standing on their shoulders, we should do more today.

Earlier this month, President Xi met with Prime Minister Modiji in Xiamen, China. They sent a clear message to the world, “reconciliation” and “cooperation”. We should turn the old page and start a new chapter with the same pace and same direction. We should dance together. We should “make one plus one eleven”.

China is the largest trading partner of India. We have made a lot of progress at bilateral level, as well as in international and regional affairs. I am quite sure that with joint efforts, we will focus on cooperation, handle the difference properly, enhance mutual trust, and move forward our relations to a new height.

Now, may I propose a toast,

To the prosperity of China,

To the friendship of our two peoples,

To the health of you all,

Cheers!

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