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Message on the 58th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
2007/10/01

Ambassador H.E. Lan Lijun

October 1st marks the 58th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. On this auspicious occasion, I wish to extend, on behalf of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Indonesia and in my own name, our sincere gratitude to our friends from all walks of life, who have long supported and cared for China's development, and who have committed themselves to the promotion of friendly relations and cooperation between China and Indonesia.

Since it embarked on the path of reform and opening-up nearly 30 years ago, China has made profound economic and social changes. China has succeeded in transforming itself from a closed and semi-closed planned economy into an open socialist market economy. There has been a great change in the life of the Chinese people, from lack of basic living necessities to moderate prosperity. China has also made important progress in the reform of its political, cultural and social systems and scored remarkable achievements in its modernization drive. From 1978 to 2006, China's GDP registered an annual growth rate of 9.7%. During this period, its import and export surged to US$ 1.76 trillion from US$ 20.6 billion, and the poor rural population dropped to 20 million from 250 million. In the first half of 2007, China's GDP grew at a rate of 11.5% and foreign trade volume jumped 23.3% while foreign direct investment increased 12.2%. Our practice and experience of reform and opening up over the past 30 years have proven that China has embarked on a correct path of development that is suited to China's particular conditions and is in keeping with the trend of the times. Moreover, China's healthy and sound economic development has not only benefited the 1.3 billion Chinese people, but also provided other countries with huge business opportunities, thus giving an impetus to the world's economic development.

Although we have scored so many achievements, we are sober-minded that China remains to be a developing country which faces many difficulties and challenges in the course of development. Therefore, the Chinese Government initiated a development target of building a harmonious socialist society. To reach the target, we will keep on with reform and opening-up, promote democracy and rule of law as well as change the pattern of economic growth. We will strive to build a resource-conserving and environment friendly society that highlights title="Democracy"democracy, the rule of law and justice. We will also strive to promote the sound cycle between social economic system and natural ecological system and advance the comprehensive development of both the society and individuals so that all members of the society can share the benefits of economic development.

The Chinese Government stands firm in safeguarding China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. "Peaceful reunification and one country, two system" is the basic policy on settling the Taiwan question. The Chinese Government will make the utmost efforts with maximum sincerity in achieving a peaceful reunification of the motherland. Meanwhile, we strongly oppose any attempt to secede Taiwan from China, oppose Taiwan's "referendum on joining the United Nations" and any other forms of "de jure Taiwan independence". In recent years, the Chinese mainland side has taken a series of important steps to further promote exchanges and cooperation and to achieve peaceful and stable development of cross-Strait relations. We conducted exchanges and dialogues with parties in Taiwan that oppose "Taiwan Independence" and advocate developing cross-Straits relation. We have hosted "Cross-Straits Forum on Economic and Trade Affairs" and "Cross-Straits Forum on Agricultural Cooperation" etc. and pushed forward and materialized a series of favorable policies and measures which benefit Taiwan compatriots. These policies and measures have been warmly acclaimed by the Taiwan compatriots and widely approved by the international community. In 2006, indirect cross-Straits trade exceeded US$ 100 billion dollar for the first time, and more than 4.4 million Taiwan compatriots visited the mainland while 200 thousand mainland residents visited Taiwan. The Chinese Government and people firmly believe that so long as the Chinese people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, linked by common ancestral and cultural heritage, can work together, the lofty cause of national reunification is bound to become reality.

China will unswervingly pursue an independent foreign policy of peace, adhere to the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, and increase friendly exchanges and cooperation with other countries in the world. China will also stick to the neighborhood policy of becoming a good neighbor and partner in a bid to build an amicable, tranquil and prosperous neighborhood, deepening mutual trust and strengthening win-win cooperation with other Asian countries, in particular ASEAN countries, in an effort to maintain peace and stability in Asia and achieve common progress and prosperity in the world. It is worth mentioning that last October, leaders from China and ASEAN gathered in China's southern city of Nanning to attend the Commemorative Summit of the 15th anniversary of establishment of dialogue partnership between China and ASEAN. A Joint Declaration of the Commemorative Summit was signed by our leaders which reviewed the development and successful experiences of ASEAN-China friendly relationship and charted a course for the future development of the relations of the two sides.

The strategic partnership between China and Indonesia has maintained a rapid and sound development. Our top leaders have kept close contacts and political mutual trust been increasingly enhanced. Before long, during the 15th APEC economic leaders meeting, Chinese President H.E. Mr. Hu Jintao and Indonesian President H.E. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held talks in Sydney. Indonesian Vice President H.E. Mr. Jusuf Kalla and Chairman of People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) H.E. Dr. Hidayat Nur Wahid paid their official visits to China last June and September respectively. Recent years have witnessed a steadily increasing momentum in our bilateral trade and economic cooperation. Last year, two-way trade volume reached US$ 19.06 billion, a 13.5% percent increase than 2005. From January to July this year, bilateral trade increased by 39.5 reaching 14.1 billion, and the annual trade volume is expected to well exceed 20 billion by the end of this year. Our two countries have been making full use of the existing cooperative mechanisms such as "the Economic and Trade Technical Cooperation Joint Committee", "Sino-Indonesia Energy Forum" to conduct constructive discussions on how to enhance our cooperation in trade, energy and infrastructure. We have also set up a "Bilateral Investment Promoting Committee" to further press ahead our economic and trade cooperation in a more comprehensive direction. The 9th meeting of the "Economic and Trade Technical Cooperation Joint Committee" was just concluded in Shanghai on September 25. In addition, our cooperation in the fields of science and technology, military, culture, education and health is widening and we have seen more frequent and active exchanges of visit between local governments and civil societies. Our two countries also maintained good coordination in international and regional affairs. China has long been supporting Indonesia's efforts to safeguard territorial integrity and national unity as well as to invigorate the economy. China attaches great importance to developing long-term, stable, mutually-trusted and mutually-beneficial strategic partnership with Indonesia. Currently, the two sides are drawing up an action plan to further identify key point, task and target of cooperation in different areas so as to implement the strategic partnership and to promote cooperation in all fields.

As the largest developing country in the world, China is striving to achieve the development through its own efforts. Indeed, China cannot develop without Asia and the world while Asia's rejuvenation and the development of the world also need China. Only when China becomes developed and stronger can China make greater contributions to the world and Asia in particular. China will adhere to the road of peaceful development; hold high the banner of peace, development and cooperation and work together with other countries in the world to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation so as to build a harmonious world.

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