|59th National Day of the People’s Republic of China Celebrated|
On 25th September, a reception to commemorate the 59th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China was held by H.E. Amb. Yu Wenzhe in Accra.
In his speech, H.E. Amb. Yu wenzhe observed that the year of 2008 is special to the Chinese people. It is special because this year witness the following events: the successful hosting of the Beijing Olympic Games in August, a devastating earthquake in May, and the marking of 30th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up.
He hailed H.E. President J.A. Kufuor’s attendance to the Opening Ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games and thanked the Ghanaian Government for their strong support during China’s earthquake and to the Beijing Olympic Games.
He congratulated Ghana for the great progress she made in various fields in the past year and wished that the coming election will be free, fair and peaceful. In regard of the China-Ghana relations, he said “the past year is most fruitful, especially in the field of economic cooperation.” He said the implementation of the Beijing Summit actions has been in full swing and progressed smoothly. He was confident that all the goals set in the Beijing Summit for Ghana would be accomplished according to schedule.
He called on the two peoples of the two nationss to learn and appreciate more about each other so as to further promote mutual understand and the existing friendship between the two sides.
The leader of the Ghanaian Government Delegation, Hon. Prof. Dominic Kwaku Fobih, Minister for Education, Sports and Science, conveyed the warmest congratulations from H.E. President John Agyekum Kufuor, the Government and People of Ghana, to H.E. President Hu Jintao, the Government and People of China. He also congratulated China on the excellent organization of this year’s Olympic Games.
On his part, Hon. Prof. Fobih recalled Ghana’s relations and active cooperation with China not only in the early days of her independence but also in recent times. He hailed China for her efforts to assist and partner Africa to attain its proper place in the global village through the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation. He pointed out that China was the third largest foreign investor in Ghanaian economy and Ghana owed China a deep sense of gratitude for all the assistance China has given over the years.
“I want to reassure you that Ghana attaches great importance to her relations with China and the FOCAC process”, the Minister said. He also reiterated Ghana’s position on “one China policy” and expressed the hope for a peaceful reunification for the Chinese people.
The reception attracted more than 300 guests from the Ghanaian Government, Parliament, the Press, Business and other circles. The diplomatic corps and the Chinese communities in Ghana were also present.
Upon hearing the news that Shenzhou seven spacecraft has been successfully launched just five hours ago, the guests expressed their congratulations to China and wished China’s maiden spacewalk success.