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Chinese Embassy in Iceland held Reception to celebrate the 65th National Day

On 1st October 2014, the Embassy of China in Iceland held a reception to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and welcome Ambassador Zhang Weidong. Nearly 300 guests were present, including high level officials from the Icelandic side, overseas Chinese, staff of Chinese enterprises, Chinese students in Iceland and friends from different circles.

In his speech, Ambassador Zhang mentioned the extraordinary road taken by the new China since its founding 65 years ago, saying that today's China has achieved remarkably in economic and social development with continuous improvement of people's living standard. This year is the first year of China's comprehensively deepening reforms. In the first half of this year, China's GDP grew by 7.4%, realizing the goal of steady progress. China has scored in several decades what developed countries took several centuries to achieve. This is a historic success for a nation with a huge population of over 1.3 billion. China has initiated the goal of "Two Centennials", which is vividly summarized as Chinese Dream, meaning by the year 2020 doubling China's GDP from 2010 and also doubling the per capita income for both urban and rural residents, striving to build China into a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way, and turning China into a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious by the middle of 21st century. The Chinese people are making unremitting endeavors to this end.

Ambassador Zhang highly appraised China-Iceland relations, stressing the Chinese side cherishes its traditional friendship with Iceland and deems Iceland a reliable good friend and partner in Europe. The two nations respect and support each other and two peoples have deeper and deeper understanding and friendship. China-Iceland Free Trade Agreement was put into practice on 1st July this year. It is the first bilateral FTA between China and a European country and also one of FTAs that is of the highest openness and the widest coverage between China and other countries. It is believed the FTA will surely give a strong impetus to the bilateral trade, thus further enhancing cooperation in other fields. As new ambassador to Iceland, Mr. Zhang said he would make every effort with the Icelandic government and people from all circles to push and deepen bilateral relations, to expand win-win cooperation, to strengthen peoples' friendship and to advance bilateral relations to a new stage.

Guests congratulated the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the arrival of Ambassador Zhang. They also spoke highly of great achievements of China's social and economic developments, expressing their willingness to contribute to Iceland-China relations and the friendship between the two peoples. Several Chinese and Icelandic artists performed at the reception.

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