On September 26, 2016, H.E. Mr. Huang Yong, Ambassador of China to Latvia, held a reception to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. H.E. Mr. Arvils Aseradens, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economics, H.E. Mr. Valdis Zatlers, former President, Brigadier General Leonīds Kalniņš, Chief-of-Staff of the LNAF Joint HQS, Ms. Inguna Sudraba, President of For Latvia From the Heart Party, Mr. Kaspars Ozolins, State Secretary of Ministry of Transport, Ambassadors accredited to Latvia, representatives from the business, media, education and culture circles of Latvia, and representatives of Chinese companies together with over 400 guests attended the reception.
In his speech, Ambassador Huang briefed the audience the latest economic development of China. He said that China was the biggest developing country, and the Chinese economy had great potential, strong advantage and broad space for further growth. In the first half of this year, despite the weak global economic recovery, China’s economy withstood the downward pressure and realized a growth rate of 6.7%, running within a reasonable range. What should be noted was that as the scale of China’s economy grew, the current 7% growth rate or so was still quite remarkable, the growth impetus accumulated by it was even more than the previous double-digit growth rate. The G20 Summit, just concluded in Hangzhou, put forth a host of major initiatives and measures, sent a strong message of parties working together to tide over difficulties and achieved a great success. It demonstrated that China, as a responsible major power and with its wider, deeper and higher levels of participation in the global economic governance, was actively committed to contributing its concepts and wisdom to the global economic governance.
Ambassador Huang mentioned, this year marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Latvia. Over the past 25 years, with the joint efforts of both sides, China-Latvia relations kept on a sound and stable development path. The state leaders had forged close contact. The economic cooperation had seen rapid growth. Active and practical discussion and cooperation were being conducted in the fields of transportation and logistics. People-to-people exchange and cooperation were fruitful and the friendship between our two peoples got deeper by the day.
Ambassador Huang stressed that developing relations with Latvia was one of the important directions in China’s cooperation with the Central and Eastern Europe and the EU. This year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang would pay an official visit to Latvia and attend the 5th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries, and China-Latvia relations faced a historic moment. With the impetus provided by the visit, the Chinese side was ready to work with the Latvian side to deepen mutual trust and bilateral cooperation and produce more mutually beneficial results with a view to benefiting our two peoples.
Ambassador Huang spoke highly of the good momentum of development of China-Latvia relations in recent years, saying that the two nations’ leaders had close contacts, pragmatic cooperation had made new progress, the two peoples had deeper mutual understanding. He stressed that he had solid confidence in the potentials and prospects of China-Latvia relations, and wished to work with the government and people of Latvia to further deepen and enhance the bilateral relationship.
The guests enjoyed the “Culture Fusion” Concert jointly played by Chinese flute player Mr. Ma Shujian and Latvian Kokle player Ms.Laima Jansone, congratulated on the National Day of China, and commended the achievements of China , hailed the development of China and Latvia relations, and looked forward to the bright prospect of China-Latvia practical cooperation.