The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China has thanked The Gambia Government for its commitment and efforts in promoting the friendly relations between his country and The Gambia.
His Excellency Zhang Jiming was speaking at a reception in honour of the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, a day which is annually celebrated on 1st October. He expressed gratitude for the generous support and kind assistance in the process of establishing the Chinese diplomatic mission in the country.
“This is the first Chinese National Day celebrations hosted by the Chinese Embassy in The Gambia since the People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of The Gambia resumed diplomatic ties in March this year. Ours is a relationship of friends, brothers and partners, one that is based on equality, mutual respect, mutual trust, mutual benefit and common development. China-Gambia bilateral relations now enjoy a dynamic momentum of development. Our mutual understanding is deepening, our economic and commercial cooperation is expanding, our people-to-people exchanges are lively, and our coordination and cooperation on international and regional issues is strong,” he remarked.
Ambassador Jiming noted that a lot has been achieved in just six months since the re-establishment of ties. He said the two countries have agreed to launch an International Conference Centre project as the flagship of their cooperation priorities.
“The first group of Gambian students on Chinese Government Scholarships has started study in China. Nanning City and Banjul have renewed their sister links and carried out the exchange of visits,” he disclosed.
“Under the leadership of H.E. the President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia and his Government, the Gambian people are striving for the Vision 2016, Vision 2020 and Vision 2025. China applauds the Gambia’s achievements and sincerely wishes The Gambia greater success on all fronts of national development. China will stand by The Gambia and be supportive of its efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and advance socio-economic development.”
Ambassador Jiming recalled that on 1st October 1949, the Chinese nation after over a century-long arduous struggle achieved complete independence and national liberation. He said the founding of the People’s Republic of China marks a historic turning point in the modern history of China, and has its significance throughout the world.
“67 years on and especially over the past 38 years of reform and opening up, China has made tremendous progress thanks to the leadership of CPC and the tenacity and hard work of the Chinese people of one generation after another. The recent history of China, as President Xi Jinping said, is a course of blazing a new trail, a course of delivering tangible outcomes, a course of achieving common prosperity and a course of China and the world embracing each other,” he affirmed.
He said modernising a big country with a population of more than 1.3 billion is an endeavour never undertaken in the history of mankind, and this means China must pursue its own path of development. He said the path they have tracked is socialism with distinctive Chinese features.
The Ambassador said along this path, and pursuing an independent foreign policy of peace and a fundamental policy of opening up, China has, with merely 7% of the world’s arable land, managed to feed its people and make life markedly better for the whole population.