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Chinese Embassy in Sweden Hosts the Reception Celebrating the 69th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China

On 28 September, Ambassador Gui Congyou hosted the reception celebrating the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Over 600 people attended the reception, including Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde, State Secretary of the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation Johansson, General Director of the Swedish Armed Forces Peter Sandwall, Director of the Swedish Military Intelligence Major General Gunnar Karlson, Deputy Director-General for Political Affairs and Head of Department for Asia and the Pacific of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs Cecelia Ruthstrom-Ruin, Deputy Head of Department for Asia and the Pacific Erik Widman, representatives of various sectors, heads of diplomatic missions in Sweden, local Chinese people, representatives of Chinese companies and students.


Ambassador Gui said in his speech, the past 69 years of development has brought tremendous changes to all of the undertakings of China, especially after the decision to implement reform and opening-up adopted by the 3rd Plenary Session of the 11th CPC National Congress in 1978, ushering in an age of modernization for China. Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core rose to challenges and forged ahead, and made historic achievements in reform, opening-up and socialist modernization. The 19th CPC National Congress held last October established the Xi Jinping thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, and led China to embark on a journey to fully build a modern socialist country.

Ambassador Gui said, the CPC has always upheld people's democracy, and major steps have been taken in developing democracy and the rule of law in all respects. The CPC puts the people at the center, and efforts have been made to better protect all rights of the people. The CPC leads the Chinese people in pursuing national development with the doors wide open, and made important contributions to the world. In the new historical era, we hope to develop friendly exchanges in all areas and expand win-win cooperation with Sweden on the basis of equality and mutual respect. We hope and believe that the Swedish side will work towards the same goal, answer the call of our two peoples, preserve the traditional friendship between our two peoples, and maintain the overall development of friendly relations between China and Sweden.

Minister Linde said in her speech, China and Sweden have a long history of relations. Trade between the two countries started as early as the 16th century. In 1950, Sweden became the first western country to establish diplomatic ties with China. Cooperation in various areas has been carried out between China and Sweden. China is Sweden's largest trading partner in Asia and the 8th largest trading partner in the world. The two countries have a host of shared interests in areas such as innovation and sustainable development. In recent years, the two countries stepped up cooperation in combating climate change, environmental protection, energy conservation and sustainable urbanization, which is crucial to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. No matter how the new government is formed, Sweden will attach high importance to its relations with China and looks forward to greater cooperation with China. This November, Sweden will participate in the China International Import Expo. Sweden highly commends the role China played in multilateral platforms such as the UN Security Council, and is willing to work with China for international peace and security.

Before the reception started, a video presenting the historic achievements of China's 40 years of reform and opening-up was played. The reception consisted of Beijing opera, Kun opera and Today Is Your Birthday and Under the Bright Sun performed by the Embassy Choir. The audience gave the performance rounds of applause. People from various sectors that attended the reception celebrated the 69th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, praised the achievements in various areas over the 40 years of reform and opening-up, and gave their wishes to strongen China-Sweden relations.

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