Reception for 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China held in Dublin

On 27th September 2019, Ambassador He Xiangdong and his wife held a reception marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China at InterContinental Dublin.


Nearly 500 guests, including H.E. Mr. Charles Flanagan, Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr. Gabriel Makhlouf, Governor of Central Bank of Ireland, Mr. Michael Kirrane, Director General of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, Mayors and Cathaoirleachs of Irish cities and counties, business and thinktank leaders, Ambassadors to Ireland, presidents and scholars of universities and representatives of Chinese community and Chinese students in Ireland.

In his speech, Ambassador He said 70 years is short in human history, but the past 70 years witnessed the tremendous changes of China, a country with thousands years of civilization. Under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, Chinese people realized liberation and national independence and is steadily realizing the great rejuvenation of Chinese nation. Having reviewed the remarkable development of the new China, the Ambassador stressed that Chinese people has benefited the most from China’s development. Chinese people have enjoyed a stronger sense of gain, of happiness and of security.

Ambassador He said, during the past 70 years, China unswervingly pursues an independent foreign policy of peace. We are firm in our resolve to uphold China’s sovereignty, security and development interests. China always adheres to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, actively integrates into the process of globalization, and plays a constructive role in forging a new type of international relations and building a global community with a shared future. The Ambassador explained that China positively plays a responsible role, and promotes and improves global governance with new achievements. The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, is due to promote open, inclusive and win-win cooperation between countries, and is open to any country which is willing to participate.

Ambassador He said this year also marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Ireland. In the past 40 years, China-Ireland relations have made great progress. Looking into the future, China and Ireland could become a model for win-win cooperation and shared prosperity between countries. We shall start again and jointly promote the China-Ireland Strategic Partnership for Mutually Beneficial Cooperation to a new high. We shall deepen political mutual trust, respect each other’s core interest and major concerns, and explore the path of seeking common ground while reserving differences and treating each other equally. We shall tighten win-win bond, enhance pragmatic cooperation in fields of trade, investment, science and technology, innovation, and agriculture, to promote well-being of the two peoples. We shall strengthen the close contact between our two peoples, spread the seeds of friendship and cooperation among our two peoples, especially the young generations.

On behalf of the Irish government, Minister Flanagan extended warm congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. He said the changes that China has undergone over the past 70 years have been immense. Now China has grown into a vibrant and innovative country and a global leader. The indomitable and hardworking spirit of Chinese people is impressive and admirable. Minister Flanagan said he bears witness to the development of the bilateral ties. Ireland and China have strong roots across a broad range of issues. The relations with China is one of Ireland’s most diverse and rapidly expanding relationships. Fruitful results has been achieved in the areas such as economic and trade, science and technology, green agriculture, education, tourism, culture and financial services. Ireland would like to work together with the Chinese side to further strengthen the friendship between the two countries and two peoples.


The guests were presented short films including of Beautiful China, Dreamers in China 2019. The children from the Chinese School of the Overseas Chinese Service Centre in Ireland performed a wonderful chorus of patriotic songs.