September 29, Ambassador SuGe hosted a reception at City Hall of Reykjavik to mark the 61st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Hundreds of guests, including Speaker of Althingi of Iceland, high-level officials of Icelandic government, diplomats, representatives from all walks of life.
In his speech, Ambassador Su Ge gave a brief account of China's achievements, but said that China still has a long way to go.He noted that China's economy registered a growth rate of 11.1% for the first half of 2010, and the size of GDP increased to $2.57 trillion, ranking second in the world. However, according to statistics by IMF, China's GDP per capita is only $3678, equivalent to one-tenth of that of Iceland, ranking 100thin the world.
On bilateral relations, Ambassador Su highly appraised Icelandic President and Foreign Minister's visits to China and Mr. He Guoqiang and Mr. Liu Qi's visits to Iceland.He said that the currency-swap-agreement between the two central banks is manifestation of cordial friendship and deep trust. And, cooperation in geothermal energy would be meritorious not only to China, but possibly other developing countries.
Ambassador Su predicted further development of China-Iceland relations in the coming year which marks the 40thanniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries.
Atmosphere of the reception has been cordial and friendly throughout.