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Chinese Consulate General in Manchester Holds Grand Reception for the 70th Anniversary of the National Day

2019-10-08

On the evening of 18th September 2019, Mr. Zheng Xiyuan, Chinese Consul General in Manchester, and his wife Li Fanghui held a grand reception at the Lowry Hotel to warmly celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The event was attended by distinguished guests Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Mr. Smith, Her Majesty the Queen's High Sheriff of Manchester Mr. Adlestone, lord mayors and deputy lord mayors of 14 cities including Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Lancaster, as well as leaders and deputy leaders of six city councils including Manchester, Leeds and Derby, representatives from 9 higher education institutions within the Consulate area and Manchester-based consulate general heads from 10 countries as well as representatives of Chinese investment organisations, overseas Chinese and Chinese students within the Consulate area. A total of 450 people were present at the event.

 
 
Mr. Zheng Xiyuan, Chinese Consul General in Manchester, said in his speech that the biggest beneficiaries of socialism with Chinese characteristics are the Chinese people. The remarkable achievement of the New China in the past 70 years proves that the development path of socialism with Chinese characteristics suits China's national conditions and has been endorsed by all Chinese people. We firmly believe that under the guidance of Xi Jinping's Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the further China's development path progresses, the wider it will become.  

Mr. Zheng Xiyuan, Chinese Consul General in Manchester, pointed out that socialism with Chinese characteristics benefits Chinese people as well as the world. China has been committed as ever to actively addressing climate change. In 2005 China commenced to reduce carbon intensity, its cumulative energy saving has accounted for over 50% globally and the installed capacity of renewable energy stands as the highest worldwide. China will meet the carbon reduction target set by the Paris Agreement nine years ahead of schedule. The Belt and Road Initiative put forward by China has tightly connected the future of Chinese people with that of all nationals in the world and China will make greater contribution to the Community of Shared Future for Mankind.

Mr. Zheng Xiyuan, Chinese Consul General in Manchester, said to the guests that socialism with Chinese characteristics has intrinsic spiritual connection with Manchester. There are reminders of socialist movements in the Greater Manchester area everywhere. Chetham's Library where Marx and Engels discussed and drafted the Communist Manifesto, the statues of Fredrich Engels and Robert Owen, People's History Museum and the Working Class Movement Library are all close at hand.

He expressed that the tide of the 4th Industrial Revolution is sweeping the world. The North of England is embedded with rich elements of industrial civilization, scientific and technological innovations and socialism, has profound historical accumulation and great vitality. Core cities in Northern England led by Manchester are accelerating their integration through the Northern Powerhouse proposal, which is creating a new economic centre compatible with London. Twin city relations between Wuhan and Manchester, Hangzhou and Leeds, Shanghai and Liverpool as well as Hefei and Derby have become models of Sino-British local cooperation. Meanwhile, China's fast economic development craves advanced science and technology. We shall strive to combine the outstanding innovation and R&D capability of the UK with the powerful manufacturing capacity of China to realise mutual benefit and win-win results.

He also expressed that the 200,000 overseas Chinese and 70,000 Chinese students residing in the Consulate area have made important contributions to the local economy and cultural development. He looks forward to working with local Chinese communities and the mainstream society to continuously promote mutual understanding and learning between China and the UK.

 
On behalf of the Royal Family, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Mr. Smith extended congratulations to the People's Republic of China for its 70
th founding anniversary and the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the UK and China. In his speech, he highly praised the contribution made by China in areas such as improving people's livelihood, undertaking international responsibilities, deepening Sino-British relations and strengthening mutual benefits and cooperation. He said that in his 20-year term of office, he had the privilege of receiving President Xi Jinping for his historic state visit to Britain, which opened the new golden era of Sino-British relations, and personally saw successive Consul Generals in Manchester achieve remarkable results by sparing no effort to promote economy and trade as well as people-to -people exchange and cooperation between Northern England and China. He sincerely hopes that with joint efforts from both sides, China and Britain will continue to develop deep relations and their peoples enjoy close friendships.

 
 
On behalf of important local political figures, Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Chohan expressed congratulations to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the UK and China. In his speech, he fondly looked back at Manchester's unique historical links with China in the whole UK and spoke highly of how local Chinese communities positively contributed to economic prosperity and cultural diversity in Manchester. He eulogised the positive, deep and far-reaching influence brought by President Xi Jinping's visit to Manchester in 2015, listed fruitful results achieved with its twin city Wuhan in the past 33 years and wished that the friendship between China and the UK would last forever.

Ms. Lisa Yam, President of the Federation of Chinese Association of Manchester spoke on behalf of local Chinese communities. She was exhilarated at the great achievements accomplished by the new China since its establishment 70 years ago and felt proud of the increasingly important role played by the motherland on the international stage. She wished the motherland long lasting prosperity and called on Chinese communities to unite and advance hand in hand to play a greater part in inheriting and carrying forward the excellent Chinese culture and promoting Sino-British friendly cooperation.   

 
 
Mr. Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, Cllr Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, local overseas Chinese leaders and Chinese enterprises all recorded greetings videos and sent congratulatory messages via telephone and letter for the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

The reception started with the national anthems of China and the UK sang by an orchestra of 30 members from the University of Manchester. Short films China 2019 and Beautiful China were played on site to show respectively the story of Chinese people striving to pursue their dreams and the magnificent scenery. At the end of the speeches, the University of Manchester orchestra sang two patriotic songs My Motherland and I, and Descendants of Dragon, which ignited the patriotic enthusiasm of the overseas Chinese audience and deeply touched the guests present.

At the reception, local Chinese enterprises including Huawei Manchester Office, Bank of China, Hainan Airlines and BCEG International showcased their Sino-British cooperation achievements including Huawei's 5G technology, Airport City Manchester and the 3rd anniversary of the introduction of direct flights between Beijing and Manchester. British student Emily from the University of Derby did a live painting of Sino-British friendly cooperation as a gift for the National Day of the People's Republic of China. People browsed the exhibition of Sino-British cooperation achievements in a range of areas in Northern England and tasted special Chinese and local delicacies. Under a friendly and warm atmosphere, the guests were full of praise towards China's development and construction accomplishments, especially its international responsibilities. They were highly confident in China's future development and were full of expectations for the deepening of cooperation between China and the UK. Thousands of books and films including Xi Jinping: The Governance of China, China: Time of Xi, The Rise of the Silk Road, Customs in the Snow land of Tibet and Once Upon a Time in Tibet were distributed at the event. Guests took every last copy.

Xinhua News Agency, CCTV, Phoenix Television and other media reported on the reception. The news agency of CSSA Manchester broadcast the reception to the Chinese students in the Consulate area in real time.

 
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