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October 20, 2021

Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Melescanu: “China’s story has always been one of resilience and determination”

It gives me great pleasure to convey, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania and my own, sincere congratulations to the Chinese people and leadership on the occasion of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, celebrated on October 1, the day which marks the 68th anniversary of the founding of the Republic.

China’s story has always been one of resilience and determination. These past decades, it has undergone tremendous transformations, beyond what only some might have imagined could happen within the span of a single generation. The progress and prosperity are the well-deserved results of extensive efforts, dedication and resolve; they represent both a big accomplishment and a responsibility for future Chinese generations, but also for the world. I avail myself of this opportunity to wish all the Chinese people even greater success and achievements that benefit the people of today and of tomorrow.

In this day and age, no country can stand alone and thrive. As global security issues, climate change and shifts in international trade patterns pose serious challenges to the world, China and Romania both continue to stand for peace, stability and progress, free and fair international trade, and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement set within the United Nations.

October 1 offers an excellent occasion to emphasize the 68 years of uninterrupted, close and friendly ties between Romania and the People’s Republic of China. Since Romania stood up as the third country in the world to establish diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China on October 5, 1949, our two countries have constantly built a solid foundation of mutual trust and support, which stands firm and unshaken. Romania is nowadays a proud member of the EU and NATO, while China represents the second largest economy in the world with an increasing international engagement, remarkable developments that bring us ever more opportunities to strengthen our bilateral ties. Moreover, the encouraging perspectives of the Romanian-Chinese relationship are stimulated by the goals and tools of the China-promoted Belt and Road Initiative, aimed at consolidating the bonds between Asia and Europe, the China – Central and Eastern Europe cooperation format, and the EU-China connectivity platform. In this context, I would like to point out Romania’s active contribution to the strengthening of the EU-China relationship and its endeavors to become a gateway between Europe and China by means of the Black Sea Constanta Port and the Danube. I express my full confidence that all these mechanisms will continue to provide catalyzing ways to thoroughly expand our bilateral cooperation.

A Chinese saying goes “Nothing can separate people with common goals and ideals, not even mountains and seas”. We have great prospects for enhancing the bilateral trade, cooperation in energy, infrastructure, people-to-people exchanges and other areas of common interest. Therefore, I firmly believe in the long term nature of our partnership and what we can achieve together. We share not just a rich past, but also a promising future.

Once again, congratulations to all the Chinese on the National Day of their country!


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