On September 24, Ambassador Cui Aimin and Mrs. Li Lihong held a National Day reception at the Stockholm Concert Hall to celebrate the 74th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
More than 700 people from the Swedish government, industry and commerce, education, science, culture and other sectors, as well as foreign diplomatic envoys in Sweden, representatives of overseas Chinese, students and companies in Sweden attended the event.
Stockholm in autumn presents a beautiful scenery and pleasant cool breeze. Ambassador Cui Aimin, Mrs. Li Lihong and senior diplomats of the Chinese embassy warmly welcomed guests from all walks of life. The concert hall is glowing with streams of lights and festive decorations. The atmosphere is solemn, friendly, warm and joyous.
Ambassador Cui Aimin delivered a speech at the reception. He said, Over the past 74 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people have united as one and made continuous efforts to make development achievements that have attracted worldwide attention. Since socialism with Chinese characteristics entered the New Era, the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core led the Chinese people in overcoming great difficulties and challenges and forging ahead bravely. We have once and for all resolved the problem of absolute poverty in China, finished building a moderately prosperous society in all respects as scheduled, embarked on a new journey to build China into a modern socialist country in all respects. Against the backdrop that the global economic recovery and sustainable development face enormous challenges, the Chinese economic performance has picked up on the whole. The Chinese economy has strong resilience, tremendous potential and great vitality, and will continue to be an important support for world economic development and provide more opportunities for the development of other countries. As the largest developing country in the world, based on its own national conditions and practice, China adheres to the path of peaceful development. While achieving its own development, China has injected more positive energy into world peace and brought more new opportunities for global development. In the face of profound changes unseen in a century, China has contributed its proposals and wisdom, actively promoting the Belt and Road Initiative, putting forward the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative and the Global Civilization Initiative, and making unremitting efforts to build a community with a shared future for mankind in the “global village”.
Ambassador Cui pointed out that, Sweden was the first western country to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China and the first country to sign a bilateral investment protection agreement with China after China’s reform and opening-up. For a long time, friendly exchanges and practical cooperation between the two sides have brought tangible benefits to the two countries and two peoples. Over the past year, China-Sweden relations have maintained steady development with fruitful cooperation in various fields and renewed vitality in people-to-people exchanges. China and Sweden continue to be each other’s largest trading partner in Asia and the Nordic region. Enterprises from both sides are enthusiastic about investment and cooperation. Two-way investment maintained a sound momentum of steady growth. China and Sweden have made continuous progress in science and innovation cooperation, achieved remarkable results in environmental protection, health, bio-medicine, information technology and other fields. The number of Chinese students studying in Sweden has increased to more than 8,500, basically returning to the levels before the Covid-19. Traditional Chinese cultural experience activities held in Sweden are much favored by local people. On the basis of equality and mutual benefit, China is willing to make joint efforts with Sweden to promote common development and prosperity of the two countries and peoples.
The guests congratulated on the 74th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, greatly commended China’s economic and social development achievements, spoke highly of China’s outstanding contribution to promoting world peace and development, expressed optimistic views about the prospects of China’s economic development, looked forward to more exchanges and cooperation with the Chinese side and wished China-Sweden relations to continue to move forward steadily.
At the reception, the guests enjoyed the folk song and dance performance “Ode to the Grassland” brought by Inner Mongolia Art Theater. Performers dressed in costumes of the Mongolian ethnic group with happy smiles on their faces, holding musical instruments of the Mongolian ethnic group and presenting the performance as a gift to the 74th birthday of the motherland. The melodious songs reflected the vast grassland and galloping horses. The graceful dances showed the happy life of herdsmen. The breathtaking acrobatics showed human beings’ lofty praise of life. All drew cheers and applauds from the audience who were enchanted by the performance. Folk song “Black steed”, duet “Meeting at Aobao”, trio “Swan Goose”, group dance “Tea pounding dance”, acrobatic duo, Tovshuur performance ”The heroic Jangar” and khoomei ”Auspicious song” and other excellent works in various forms of artistic expression fully displayed the find traditional culture of the Mongolian ethnic group, the Chinese people’s aspiration for a better life and best wishes for the great motherland.
After the performance, Ambassador Cui Aimin, Mrs. Li Lihong, guest representatives and all the performers took a group photo.