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Consulate General in Dubai Hosts Online Reception Celebrating 71st Anniversary of Founding PRC

On September 28, Chinese Consul General Li Xuhang in Dubai hosted a video reception celebrating the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. More than 200 people from all walks of life attended the reception through Internet, including representatives of government, such as Sheikh Maktoum bin Butti Al Maktoum, Director of the Dubai office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Hala China, representatives of royal families in Dubai such as His Highness Juma Bin Ahmed Juma Maktoum[1] , a member of the Royal Family of the Emirate of Dubai, Princess Noura Nuaimi, the head of Future Development Authority-Ajman[2] , representatives of people from governments, business, science, education, and culture , and representatives of consuls in Dubai, overseas Chinese, Chinese students, Chinese companies and media.

More than 20 students from Chinese School Dubai, the first overseas Chinese school adopting Chinese academic system, sang the national anthems of China and UAE, and kicked off the online reception with their beautiful singing.

In his speech at the reception, Li Xuhang said that 2020 is extraordinary. The COVID-19 pandemic is still raging around the world. The peoples of China and the UAE, led by the leaders of the two countries, have withstood the most severe pandemic in a century. Facing difficulties, they have turned crises into opportunities. With mutual support and close cooperation, they have made positive contributions to the health of mankind and to the peace and stability of the world. What we have learned from the pandemic is that we should embrace the vision of a community with a shared future in which everyone is bound together, that we should see each other as members of the same big family and pursue win-win cooperation, and that we should respect a country’s independent choice of development path and model. The world is diverse in nature, and we should turn this diversity into a constant source of inspiration driving human advancement. This will ensure that human civilizations remain colorful and diversified.

Li Xuhang pointed out that after 71 years of hard work, China has developed into the second largest economy and the largest manufacturing country in the world. Chinese people has crossed the breadline and entered a well-off society, and China will achieve the first Centenary Goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects as scheduled. China will be the only country in the G20 that will achieve growth in 2020. China is advancing a "dual circulation" development pattern in which domestic economic cycle plays a leading role while international economic cycle remains its extension and supplement. We will continue to provide broader markets and more opportunities for countries around the world, including the UAE.

Li Xuhang emphasized that China and the UAE have similar ideas of development. The UAE has become the Middle East country that has the deepest, widest, and most fruitful cooperation with China. China is willing to work with Dubai and the Northern Emirates to vigorously promote practical cooperation between China and the UAE in various fields and make new contributions to a higher level of China-UAE comprehensive strategic partnership!

Afterwards, all the guests watched a documentary on China's development achievements titled China 2020 and a short film specially produced by the Consulate General for this reception on the China-UAE cooperation in fighting against the pandemic. The short film comprehensively introduces China's construction and development achievements in 2020, vividly describes the true feelings of China and the UAE in helping each other and cooperating to fight the pandemic, and fully presents the important contributions that China and the UAE have made to overcome the pandemic at an early stage. The touching scenes aroused strong resonance from the audience.

At the end of the reception, Consul General Li Xuhang in the main venue and all the guests online gave a thumbs-up to praise the achievements of China-UAE cooperation in fighting against the pandemic. Then they made the three-finger salute coined by the ruler of Dubai, wishing success, victory, and love with everyone. At last they made fist and palm salutes and expressed sincere thanks to all friendly people who support China-UAE cooperation.

People attending the reception sent messages online to celebrate China's National Day, praised China's achievements in fighting the pandemic and in economic development, and made positive remarks on China's contribution to the international fight against the pandemic. Overseas Chinese representatives raved that although the National Day reception could only be held online due to the pandemic, it is rich in content, magnificent, meaningful, and unforgettable. They wish the motherland prosperity and hope that the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation will be realized at an early date.

Gulf News, Khaleej Times, China Arab TV, China Media Group, Xinhua News Agency, dibaichina.com, Middle East Chinese Newspaper, and many other media attended and reported on the video reception online.

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