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Reception for 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China held in Dublin
On 25 September 2018, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Ireland held a reception in Dublin, marking the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.


Over 300 guests representing all walks of life in Ireland attended the event, including H.E. Denis O'Donovan, Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann, H.E. Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Mr. Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, Mayors and Cathaoirleachs from Irish local government, business and thinktank leaders, Ambassadors to Ireland, professors and presidents of universities and leading personalities from the Irish Chinese community.

In his celebrating speech, Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong emphasized China's gigantic developing achievements over the past 69 year, under the leadership of China's Communist Party and through the joint efforts of the Chinese people of all ethnic group. China has become the second largest economy and largest industrial country with largest trade and foreign exchanges reserves. China has become a major contributor to the expansion of world economy and an important power to maintain the peace and security of the world.

Ambassador Yue introduced that the 19th National Congress of the CPC last year provided new guideline and horizon for China's history in the coming 10, 20 and 30 years ahead, which maps out our future and usher in a new stage of China's development. China will strictly follow the road map to finishing building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and to achieving Chinese National Rejuvenation. China will continue to play a constructive and positive role for peace, cooperation and mutual benefit in international area, supporting and maintaining the international multilateral and liberal trade system and practice, as well as strictly avoiding and opposing all kinds of unilateralism, protectionism and trade bullyism with our partners and friends.

Ambassador Yue also spoke very highly of the growth and expansion of China-Ireland relations. In 2018, H.E. Simon Coveney, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and H.E. Mr. Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Ceann Comhairle of the Dail Eireann visited China in March and April, and all met with Chinese leaderships. Mr. Cai Qi, party secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee visited Ireland in May. with the leadership and guidance of leaders from both sides, the relations enjoys very encouraging momentum and promising future. The trend of bilateral economic and trade cooperation is also very good. China lifted the ban and re-opened its market to Irish beef again. H.E. Heather Humphreys, Irish Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation will participate the China International Import Expo with a delegation in November. Sino-Irish people-to-people exchanges has been also been lively. 2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of China-Ireland diplomatic relationship. I am confident that bilateral ties and cooperation will be continuously enhanced to the benefit of both Chinese and Irish people.

Cathaoirleach Denis O'Donovan in his toast remark congratulated warmly China on its 69th birthday on behalf of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Irish Government and the Irish people. He too set a high value on China's remarkable development since its founding, the China-Ireland bilateral relations and the dynamic and fruitful cooperation in various fields including economic and trade, science and technology, education and so on.

In warm and amicable atmosphere, all the guests expressed their readiness to work jointly to further strengthen the bilateral ties. The promo video Silk Road Economic Belt and photo show of China-Ireland high level and local exchanges was screened during the reception, while The photo exhibition in celebration of people-to-people ties over the five years of the belt & road initiative was also held, along with a variety of introductory brochures.


During the reception, the Shanghai Empireast Group performed for pieces of Chinese folk drum music and acrobatics and gained good responses.

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