Chinese ambassador to Canada talks more about Meng Wanzhou incident: release immediately

Overseas network, February 1 (Xinhua) Cong Peiwu, Chinese ambassador to Canada, attended the online Chinese Media Forum and delivered a speech on January 29, according to the website of the Chinese Embassy in Canada. The main contents are as follows:


1、 Looking back to 2020

Chinese ambassador to Canada talks more about Meng Wanzhou incident: release immediately

The year 2020 just passed is an extraordinary one. Million people united as one man and our wills unite like a fortress. Under Chinese leadership novel coronavirus pneumonia, Xi Jinping has been a leader in the fight against the new crown pneumonia. The Communist Party of China successfully held the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee. China has made overall plans for epidemic prevention and control, economic and social development, done a solid job in “six stabilities” and “six guarantees”. The economic operation is stable, employment and people’s livelihood are guaranteed effectively, and the goal of economic and social development is better than expected. The GDP reached 101598.6 billion yuan, an increase of 2.3% over the previous year, making it the only major economy in the world to achieve positive economic growth. Decisive achievements were made in the three major battles. The goal of poverty alleviation in the new era was completed on schedule, and 5.51 million poor people and 52 poor counties were lifted out of poverty this year. 11.86 million new jobs were created in cities and towns. Market prices are basically stable, and people’s basic livelihood is guaranteed. China’s grain production has achieved major breakthroughs in scientific exploration, such as “17 Lianfeng”, “tianwen-1”, “chang’e-5” and “striver”. China is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Shenzhen and other special economic zones and the 30th anniversary of the opening up and development of Pudong, Shanghai. Important breakthroughs have been made in opening up. One belt, one road and one other way, has been steadily advancing. The regional comprehensive economic partnership agreement (RCEP) has been successfully signed and the China EU investment agreement has been completed as scheduled.


China’s diplomacy has novel coronavirus pneumonia, and resolute ahead. It takes the diplomacy of the head of state as the leading and the epidemic prevention diplomacy as the main thread, simultaneously attacks the new crown pneumonia virus and the international political virus, and practices the concept of the community of human destiny in practical action. It shows the responsible big country to take the responsibility and has made a new significant contribution to world peace and global development. Last year was also the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Canada. Many places in Canada held commemorative activities. China and Canada actively carried out cooperation in response to the epidemic situation, and continued to develop exchanges in the fields of economy, trade and people to people and cultural exchanges.


2、 Looking forward to 2021


2021 is a year of historic significance in the process of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. It is also the first year of the 14th five year plan. It will start a new journey of building a modern socialist country in an all-round way and stride forward to the second Centennial goal. China will continue to implement the new development concept and accelerate the construction of a new development pattern with domestic circulation as the main body and domestic and international double circulation as mutual promotion.


This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. The course of China’s revolution, construction and development fully shows that the road determines the destiny. The key to China’s development lies in the fact that, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, China has successfully embarked on a development path in line with its national conditions. This is a road of putting people’s interests first, of reform and innovation, and of seeking common development in opening up. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, earth shaking changes have taken place in China, creating an unprecedented miracle of development and long-term social stability in human history.


In January 25th, President Xi Jinping delivered a special speech at the “Davos agenda” dialogue at the world economic forum, emphasizing the need to solve the four major problems faced by this era, and stressed that the world’s problems are perplexing. The solution to the problem is to safeguard and practice multilateralism and push forward the construction of the community of human destiny. In the new year, China’s diplomacy will take the lead in the crisis and open up a new situation in the changing situation, making new efforts to realize the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and to promote the construction of a community of shared future for mankind.


3、 Focus on the 14th five year plan


The Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China is an important meeting with overall and historical significance, which is being held at a critical moment for China to realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The plenary session deliberated and adopted the “proposal of the CPC Central Committee on formulating the fourteenth five year plan for national economic and social development and the long-term goal of 2035”, and put forward the main goals of economic and social development in the fourteenth Five Year Plan period and the long-term goal of basically realizing socialist modernization by 2035. The plenary session pointed out that China has entered a new stage of development during the “fourteenth five year plan” period, and will unswervingly implement the new development concept of innovation, coordination, green, openness and sharing, implement high-level opening up, and open up a new situation of win-win cooperation.


China’s development is an opportunity for the world. There are no historical disputes or conflicts of interests between China and Canada. The economies of the two countries are highly complementary and have great potential for cooperation. Both China and Canada are firmly committed to upholding multilateralism and free trade, and share a wide range of common language on issues such as supporting the United Nations and addressing climate change. Under the new situation, there will be more areas in which China and Canada can and can cooperate. Unfortunately, due to well-known reasons, China Canada relations are still facing serious difficulties. It is hoped that Canada will make a correct decision as soon as possible, correct its mistakes, solve the outstanding problems between the two countries, release Ms. Meng Wanzhou immediately and let her return to China safely at an early date, so as to create conditions for China Canada relations to return to the right track and further release the potential of cooperation between the two countries.


All friends in the Chinese media circles have long been concerned about and supported China Canada relations. I hope you will continue to give full play to your respective advantages, actively bridge bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and make new contributions to enhancing the friendship between the two peoples. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your contribution to the friendship between China and Canada and for your understanding and support for the work of the embassy. In the next two weeks, we will usher in the Chinese New Year of the ox. on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Canada, I would like to extend new year’s greetings to you and through you to friends of the Chinese media.


Leaders or representatives of major Chinese media in Canada, such as Ming Pao, Sing Tao Daily, seven days, health times, red maple forest and Canadian media group, attended the forum. Ambassador Cong also answered questions on China Canada relations, Sino US relations, the work of the Chinese Embassy and consulate in Canada for overseas Chinese and foreign students under the epidemic situation, and Hong Kong related issues.

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