The establishment of the People’s Republic of China 69 years ago has brought with it the most profound social transformation in Chinese history, Rao Hongwei, China’s ambassador to Rwanda has said.

He was speaking at the ceremony of the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China that took place at the Embassy of China in Kigali on Wednesday last week.

The annual event celebrates the beginning of a new China under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1949, led by Mao Zedong.

This year’s celebration brought together different Chinese living in Rwanda and diplomats representing their respective missions in the country, as well as national leaders and Friends of China.

Ambassador Hongwei noted that for the last 69 years China has successfully managed to attained the sustainable development in various aspects thanks to efforts invested by the CPC.

“Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese government and people have found a development model that suits our national conditions and embarked on the path of becoming a united, strong, democratic and dynamic country,” he said.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform that saw China become one of the world’s most influential nations in the world. Today, the country’s economy is the second largest in the world.

China is also the largest industrial producer, largest trader in goods, and largest holder of foreign exchange reserves.

During the anniversary ceremony, the Chinese envoy reiterated China’s commitment to work with Rwanda to further match the development strategies and seek to harvest more fruits across multiple areas like public health, human resources training, e-commerce, mining, and law enforcement cooperation.

This year also marks 47 years of diplomatic relations between Rwanda and China.

Rwanda’s Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Uzziel Ndagijimana, who also attend the ceremony told guests that investments from China into Rwanda have grown in the last 12 years and now amount to $352.5 million in key sectors such as tourism, mining and construction.

He also stressed that Rwanda and China relations have been growing fast in the past few years, and the two countries’ presidents have met three times in the last two years.

The Express News

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