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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hosts New Year Reception 2024
2024-01-31 23:35

On January 31, 2024, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted the New Year Reception 2024 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the National Centre for the Performing Arts. More than 400 people attended the event, including diplomatic envoys from various countries to China, representatives of international organizations in China and their spouses, as well as representatives of Chinese government departments.

Wang Yi said in his speech that the year 2023 witnessed instability and transformation in the world, but, more importantly, there was impetus for development and progress. Having emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, the world values exchange even more dearly. Having experienced crises and conflicts, the world pursues peace even more resolutely. "More countries and peoples have come to realize that we humanity are in it together come rain or shine, and the future of the global village lies in our own hands." Over the past year, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, China's diplomatic service has risen to challenges and forged ahead with a great sense of responsibility. China has stayed committed to dialogue and cooperation and served as a staunch pillar in healthy interactions between major countries. China has acted on the principle of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness and proven a reliable partner in jointly building the Asian home. China has pursued progress for all and stayed a steadfast member of the Global South. China has stayed committed to promoting peace talks and served as a critical force for world peace. China has stayed committed to open development and served as a powerful engine of global recovery. The Chinese people and people from around the world have supported each other on the journey forward. China opened its door wider to share its development opportunities and to welcome friends from around the globe with open arms, thus injecting much-needed stability and positive energy to the world, and making new contributions to safeguarding world peace and advancing common development.

Wang Yi said, the year 2024 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. It is also a crucial year in advancing Chinese modernization on all fronts. It was made clear that building a community with a shared future for mankind is the noble goal pursued by China in conducting major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics for the new era. China stands ready to work with all countries, for the future of humanity and for the well-being of the people, to cement the foundation of peace and security, pool strength for friendship and cooperation, follow the right path of multilateralism, and build a future of development and prosperity.

Dean of the Foreign Diplomatic Corps in China and Cameroon's Ambassador to China Martin Mpana extended best wishes to the Chinese people for a happy New Year on behalf of the diplomatic corps. He said that last year, China carried out a series of bilateral and multilateral diplomatic activities, which enhanced mutual understanding among countries and promoted world peace and development. China is playing an increasingly important role across the globe. Countries around the world look forward to making joint efforts, under the guidance of the three global initiatives proposed by President Xi Jinping, to make the world safer, more peaceful and more prosperous.

After the reception, the Chinese and foreign guests enjoyed the 2024 New Year Concert held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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