COMMENTARY: On the Road to the Great Rejuvenation

In Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Grand celebrations will be held across China in memory of this historic moment. On this occasion, I would like to go through the glorious 70 years of the People’s Republic which witnessed China’s transformation from backwardness to prosperity and which points to a brighter future of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

70 years ago, under the leadership of Chairman Mao Zedong, the founder and great leader of the Chinese Communist Party, new China was founded and gained its independence on Oct 1, 1949. Kuomintang led by Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan. After long-time suffering from foreign invasion and civil war, the new China was poor and backward. Many people had no food to eat and no place to live. Materials were in severe scarcity. Internationally, the United States and western countries did not recognize and blockaded new China. However, having experienced the agony and catastrophe of foreign invasion and colonization, China insisted on supporting African countries in their efforts to gain independence. After their independence, China gave them economic aid up till today. China now is one of the five permanent nations in the United Nation’s Security Council and represents the interests of all developing nations. China has diplomatic relations with 179 countries in the world now.

China has gone through a historic transformation under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC). During the past 70 years, China has achieved huge social and economic development. China has became the second largest economy in the world, just after the United States.

This year marks the 41 anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up to the world. Over the past 41 years, the annual real GDP growth rate of China has averaged 9.4%. The proportion of China’s economy volume in the world grew from 1.8% in 1978 to 16% in 2018.

Through reform and opening-up, China benefits from international trade. We also contribute a lot to the development of world economy. According to a report published by WTO in April this year, China is one of the key engine of world economy, especially after financial crisis, contributing to over 30% of world economic growth. Today, China is the largest exporter accounting for about 13% of world export, and the second largest importer providing a huge market for global producers. Moreover, the report pointed out that China’s reform and opening-up also offered a new development path for developing countries around the world.

China has many advanced and leading technologies in the world, including aerospace and lunar exploring technology, 5G telecommunication, missile technology and Beidou GPS and Express train and so on.

We support the rule-based multilateral trading system with the WTO as its core. We believe in a fair trading system that protects the rights and interests of developing countries and narrows the gap between north and south. We hope countries with different ideas could settle disputes through negotiations instead of recklessly resorting to unilateralism and protectionism. However, during the past year, the United States first imposed tariffs on Chinese goods to US at 25% and China had to retaliate. The trade war between the US and China has escalated. US unilaterally raising tariffs on Chinese goods will harm both US and China’s economy. It will cause the recession of US economy. Of course, It will also harm China’s economy. China wishes to solve the trade issue by negotiations.

China is still a developing country with the largest population, facing many internal challenges. For example, poverty in rural areas still exist. Education and medical care are still a big problem. China is still not unified. However, China still manages to make greater contributions to the world in accordance with the principle of “achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration” as well as the concept of “a community with a shared future for mankind”, both of which are raised by President Xi and are now major guidelines of China’s development and diplomacy.

The past year witnessed the sincere friendship between China and Dominica. Every time natural disasters hit China, I receive messages from Hon. Prime Minister expressing his concerns and sympathies and his support.

I am glad to see that, the One-China policy is common consensus of both the Labor Party and the United Workers’ Party. We highly appreciate that the UWP party led by Linton also agrees to the One-China policy, which means Taiwan is part of China. The Chinese government is willing to develop its friendly relations of cooperation with all political parties in Dominica. The China-Dominica friendly relations are a long-term relationship, bringing long-term benefits to the local people and long-term support to Dominica’s social and economic development. I am also very happy to see that China is contributing its part assisting Dominica in its recovery.

On infrastructure, York Valley Bridge was handed over to the Dominican government in July last year. Rehabilitation work and construction of three bridges are underway on West Coast Road. The whole project will be completed and handed over to the Dominica government in the June of 2020. The China aided re-roofing project in collaboration with UNDP has concluded and has realized the reconstruction of over 400 roofs for houses as well as restoration of roofs at 3 schools, 5 clinics, 4 buildings at the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital and 6 buildings at the Dominica State College. The first phase of Dominica-China Friendship Hospital was handed over and formally open two weeks ago. The feasibility study on the Agricultural Science Complex Building project was completed in July last year and the feasibility study on post-hurricane school re-construction project was concluded too. These two projects will start off soon. Two weeks ago, Director-General Li Xiaobin and his colleagues visited and surveyed the site of the vocational school in Roseau.

On people-to-people exchanges, the Chinese Navy hospital ship “Peace Ark” visited Dominica from October 12th to 19th last year and provided comprehensive medical services for 5000 people here. It was really a great success. I would like to take this opportunity to thank H.E. President Savarin and Mrs. Savarin, Hon. Prime Minister as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Health, the Customs, the Port and other departments for your precious support and thoughtful arrangements for this visit.

Bilaterally, China and Dominica care about each other. Internationally, China and Dominica work hand in hand to safeguard the rights and interests of developing countries. In the first half of this year, Chinese government presented about 20 candidates in different United Nations agencies. The Dominican government resolutely supported China’s candidates without any preconditions. Hereby on behalf of the Chinese government, I would like to express my deep thanks and profound gratitude to the Dominican government for your stanch support.

2019 is a special year for both China and Dominica. This year, China celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of New China. We will have big celebrations all over China and a massive parade will be held in Beijing. This year also marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Dominica. Our embassy held a number of functions to celebrate it. While China endeavors towards its dream of rejuvenation, Dominican people spare no efforts building the first climate resilient country in the world. As both of our countries open a new chapter of development, China-Dominica relationship enters a new era. We will stand closer in solidarity with each other, strengthen our relations, deepen cooperation in all areas and enhance mutual understanding. As a good friend, China will continue to support the social and economic development of Dominica.

It is my firm belief that Dominican people will no doubt overcome the disaster and build the country better and better. It is my firm belief that, with our joint efforts, we can achieve common prosperity and build a better world.

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12 Comments

  1. CHINA????
    September 25, 2019

    Please, my fellow Dominicans. Do not be fooled by this false doctrine. The Chinese Communist Party cares about itself and itself only. They brutalize their own people who disagree with them, imagine what they will do to us. We live in a fledgling democracy that is currently being assaulted by the dr. dr., and he is in league with this CCP.
    The Chinese are here for their own interests, not ours. They see us as a way station from the Panama Canal to Africa. When they are ready, they will claim what they believe to be theirs, and Dominicans will suffer. Watch out for the wolf in sheep’s clothing. REMEMBER TIBET.

  2. viewsexpressed
    September 24, 2019

    H.E. Lu Kun, Chinese Ambassador to Dominica -Chinese government boastfully says that of their country and expectation of their people: Read This: ” I would like to go through the glorious 70 years of the People’s Republic which witnessed China’s transformation from backwardness to prosperity and which points to a brighter future of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
    H.E. Lu Kun, Chinese Ambassador to Dominica. Yes, China has prospered over these years, but your people are still trapped in their own country, which is a “brutal One Party State” that he people have no choice but in fear condone or prison they and their families who suffer and be imprisoned. That is not human Rights and is the brutality of controlling minds, body and soul of a people. There is no independence in China that people are free to question the brutality of its people. China is a big prison and are controlled by the politburo and endless secret police who continue to harass and shut up its people…

  3. viewsexpressed
    September 24, 2019

    I don`t like communism, I do not like dictators, I resent these positions bestowed on one man linked to his political party/group and government and hold government strong and absolutely hold on to government power while the people bow to these dangerous communistic Gods that they enjoy while their people are locked in an open poison watched secretly by the various communist soldiers who patrols the streets of China just to discipline their own people not to talk on matters of concerns, a fear the Chinese government have not to see any upheaval taking place. The people of China are locked within the concrete walls of China that their loyalty must be to China and the brutal Chinese government that inflict beatings and imprisonment of their own people because they ask questions. What kind of humanity existence is this? Well, it is brutal, Chinese government imprisoned establishment.
    China, is all over the world giving aid. That we condone and applaud, but civil rights is questionable.

  4. Shaka zulu
    September 24, 2019

    H.E. Lu Kun, you are in the wrong part of the world spreading your info. Why dont you stop building weapons of destruction and antagonizing your neighbors. China has grown yes partly by stealing other people intellectual property and by sending loads of your folks to schools and universities in the US to learn from them. Your president as a matter of fact lived and went to school in the US and was welcomed by a US family. You guys are only here because you are fighting for domination just like the british empire the US Empire and all the empires of old. Nothing new. If you want to convince me stop making rockets and weapons and let people be free choose thier leaders. You propaganda above is pure hypocrisy. US not no saint and neither are yall. China is looking out for china and sucking resources from Africa. Why not give africans the technological know how you vuys stole so they can do for themselves. Will and come again.

  5. viewsexpressed
    September 24, 2019

    Is this statement true?” China’s transformation from backwardness to prosperity and which points to a brighter future of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” H.E. Lu Kun, I have something I wish to say to you and that of your brutal Chinese government. The good governance and democracy we practice here, you fear.. The respect of people who wish to decent and disagree and speak up loudly of a government`s fear and brutality. That does not happen in China. China`s government and system is inhuman, against human Rights And decency, as you operate under a one government dictatorial government where any decent in thoughts and of your government brutal policies, your people are imprisoned sent to camps that they can change their minds and embrace your brutality, That is against the Human Rights of every person of the world. Your Chinese regime, government is brutal, anti Human Rights, don`t talk and to object to your weird policies. China is a police State with one view: Shut…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      September 24, 2019

      Thanks; that sucker is on a quest to introduce Communism in Dominica, but it is not going to happen!

      We are not going to see the modern day Hitlers’ of China roll their military Tanks over our people.

      China is not doing anything for Dominica that we cannot do for ourselves, but as long as Roosevelt Skerrit is prime minister of our country, there will be a Chines presence.

      The Chines are blood sucking suckers, who thrive on the blood of poor countries as ours; notice they don’t give enough of anything that can create employment for the poor.

      If that clown and his communists associate wanted to help they would introduce some form of manufacturing industries; creating modern jobs, and technology to aid in the development of Dominica!

      Their presence in Dominica is not in the interest of our people.

    • Eddy A
      September 25, 2019

      Well spoken, and for that reason China support despots like Skerrit all over the globe and pretend it’s for the good of the country. It has been said a thousand times before, there is nothing like a free lunch to be had from that lot!

  6. %
    September 24, 2019

    Since the friendship is not, and will never be with Skerrit but Dominica, i think we Dominicans now need to know the contents of the MOU signed in 2004, something he Skerrit has hidden away from us for 16 years.

  7. kubulol
    September 24, 2019

    The death of millions of Chinese during the red revolution was not the consequence of foreign invasions or else, but the effect of one of the worst dictatorship during the Mao era.
    Today, Chinese are investing everywhere in the world, not to help poor countries, but for their own interest.
    They indirectly take control of these nations by creating an economical dependence.
    And there is a lot to say about human rights in China

  8. RandyX
    September 24, 2019

    Now if one considers all the projects that China has completed already or is still working on since the hurricane, it bags the question what happened to all the aid and money donations received. I mean we are talking considerable sums of money. What happened to the other aid (tarpaulin, generators, building material, etc.) we all know by now.

  9. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    September 24, 2019

    We do not need Communism in our country; you hate Black people!

    There were black original Chines in China, yet in the twenty-first century, there are no trace of any Black existence of a Black person in China, although the word “China” means Black!

    Everything that remained in China which could have represent our existence in China, you short little men including the dwarf Mao destroyed.

    When we go to Cambodia we find traces of black people there and all over the orient except China.

    You Chines treat Black people like dirt when we are in your country.

    You are hypocrites, your presence in Dominica is not to help our people, rather to enslave us economically; and keep Roosevelt brainwashed until you need him to support you in the UN when China annex Taiwan, that is the main reason you pretend you are helping African nations.

    The Africans has caught on to your ploy, hence China is no longer welcome on the continent of Africa.

    How about that?

  10. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    September 24, 2019

    Man why don’t you take your crap, and pack it up where the sun don’t shine!

     I don’t think that Dominicans care about China and your communism history.

    China is one of the worlds oldest civilization;  we know that mass of land called China broke away from the continent of Africa thousands of years ago; the same as the Americas, and the rest of the world.

     The seventy years crap you are babbling about is the seventy years of communism in China, over which time your barbaric government oppressed, and kill millions of people who refused to subject themselves to Mao ideology of communism.
    We know about the criminal dictator Mao, what you are doing is indoctrinating stupid Dominicans in your communist system!

    Mao Zedong was one of the historic criminal  figures of the twentieth century. A founder of the CCP (Communist Party), he played a major role in the establishment of the Red Army and the development of a defensible base area in Jiangxi province during the late 1920s…

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