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Overseas Chinese in Eastern US celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China
2019/09/20

On September 15th afternoon, a grand gathering sponsored by the China Federation of Eastern America to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the United States was held the at the Foley Square in Lower Manhattan. Consul General Huang Ping, Deputy Consul General Qiu Jian, head of the U.S East Coast Chinese Association Federation Liang Guanjun and more than 5000 overseas Chinese from over 300 communities aggregated at the square to participate in the celebration.

Huang ping delivered a speech to extend his holiday greetings to the overseas Chinese in the eastern US. He said that since the founding of the PRC 70 years ago, Chinese people, under the leadership of the communist party of China, have overcome numerous difficulties, forged ahead and made remarkable achievements in the nation's advancement. In the last 70 years, China has seen a GDP increase of 450 times from $30 billion to $13.65 trillion. China has lifted 850 million people out of poverty. These accomplishments have not only enabled the Chinese people to lead a comfortable and flourishing life, but also enabled China to stand confirmedly among the nations in the world. Over the past 70 years, China has made important contributions to the world's peace, advancement, and prosperity. For many years in a row, China has contributed more than 30 percent to global economic growth, becoming a powerful engine of the world economy. Long-suffering China has made a great leap from "standing up" to "getting rich", and is heading with full energy towards the great goal of "becoming stronger". As Chinese descendants, we are more than proud.

Huang pointed out that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. Over the past 40 years, China-US relations have made great progress and become the most important bilateral relationship in the world. A healthy and stable China-US relationship has brought enormous benefits to the two countries' people. In 2018, the trade volume between China and the US hit $630 billion and the two-way investment exceeded $230 billion. There are more than 5 million travels between the two countries every year. The 40-year history of China-US relations shows that cooperation benefits both countries and confrontation hurts both. Cooperation is the best choice for both sides. At present, China-US relations are facing some difficulties. However, we believe that as long as China and the US respect each other and maintain exchanges and cooperation, we will surely overcome the difficulties and push forward the growth and development of the bilateral relation.

Huang Ping spoke highly of the positive contributions made by overseas Chinese, saying that the great achievements of the People's Republic of China in the past 70 years and the development of bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the United States 40 years ago have all embodied the contributions of overseas Chinese. With a belief in blood ties and a strong sense of responsibility, the overseas Chinese in the eastern US have played to their role as a bridge between China and the US by actively promoting the civil friendship. In the future, we still need to work together to realize the great prospect of the Chinese dream. The steady advancement of China-US relations also requires the strong support of overseas Chinese. He hoped they will work jointly to realize the Chinese dream and promote China-US friendship.

Liang Guanjun, head of the U.S. East Coast Chinese Association Federation, said that since the founding of the PRC 70 years ago, overseas Chinese have always shared the same destiny with their native country, played with their unique advantages and made important contributions to the progress of China and the Chinese-Americans friendship. In the new era's journey toward the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, overseas Chinese will, as always, contribute to the advancement of the motherland and continue to play the role of non-governmental envoys of the friendship between China and the United States.

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On that day, Foley Square became a sea of redness and joy. A huge banner was put up in the center of the square, surrounded by pictures of "the development of the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China" and "the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States". The national flags of China and the United States fluttered in the wind, and the drums' sounds were loud. Wearing red T-shirts with the logo of "celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China", the overseas Chinese waved colorful flags and jubilated. Overseas Chinese from Chinese-American Planning Council's Open Door Senior Center, United Fujianese American Women's friendship Association and Chinese Zhiqing Association USA and other communities sang and danced together to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The celebration ended with a rousing chorus of Ode to the Motherland.

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