Remarks by Ambassador Cui Tiankai at the Reception Celebrating the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
The Honorable Matt Pottinger, Senior Director for Asian Affairs of the National Security Council,
The Honorable Congressman Robert Pittenger,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good evening. Thank you very much for joining us this evening in celebrating the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
This festive occasion provides us with a good opportunity to walk through the 69 years of the People's Republic while at the same time embrace the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up.
Sixty-nine years ago, the Chinese people put an end to the century of wars and humiliation after decades of heroic struggles under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and founded the People's Republic. The 5,000-year-old ancient civilization thus embarked on a new and promising journey of development.
Over the past 69 years, China has overcome formidable challenges one after another. From the dark clouds of the Cold War to the two hot wars at its doorstep, from external embargo to containment, China has not only survived, but also thrived.
With courage, diligence and perseverance, the Chinese people, who account for one-fifth of the world population, have risen above all the hardships, charged forward on the path of their own choice, pursued a better life, maintained independence, sovereignty and stability, and promoted national reunification.