MINSK, 22 November (BelTA) - China stays committed to the peaceful and stable neighborhood concept, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Belarus Xie Xiaoyong said during the China's Ambassador award ceremony to honor 80 best students at the Lyceum of Belarusian State University.
“The world-famous Silk Road as a prototype of the Belt and Road initiative is the path of trade, culture and peace by the ancient Chinese who sought friendly exchange and mutually beneficial cooperation with peoples of other countries. The Chinese believe that people should not do to others what they do not want done to them. The Chinese people respect different cultures and ideas, treat others equally, treat the outside world with courtesy, and pursue friendly relations with both near and far neighbors,” the Chinese ambassador said.
He noted: “China is a modern and prosperous country. Only 73 years have passed since the People's Republic of China was founded. After 1840, China experienced internal difficulties and external aggression, was even on the brink of demise. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people built a new country, embarked on the path of socialist development with Chinese characteristics, and made tremendous achievements in development. After the 18th National Congress of the CPC, socialism with Chinese characteristics entered a new era.”
Ambassador Xie Xiaoyong spoke about China's successes using specific examples. From 2012 to 2021, China's annual GDP growth rate averaged about 6.6%, which was much higher than the world's average and the average in developing countries, China's GDP per capita grew from $6,300 to $12,551, close to that of a high-income country.
China accounts for 18.5% of the global economy, up by 7.2%, firmly ranking second in the world. China ranks first in the world in terms of industry, trade and foreign exchange reserves. China has the world's largest population middle-income group of more than 400 million, has built the world's largest system of education, social security, medicine and healthcare.
"We have won the biggest battle against poverty in human history, achieving the poverty reduction goal of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule, creating a miracle in the history of human poverty reduction. The Chinese nation has made a great leap. It has risen to its feet, began to live a better life and is turning into a strong and powerful nation,” the head of the Chinese diplomatic mission said.