Welcome Remarks by H. E. Ambabassador Song Zhe, Head of the Mission of the P. R. China to the European Union at the New Year's Concert
15. December, 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,
Good Evening. Welcome to the New Year's Concert. The year 2009 must be an extraordinary year since the beginning of this century, for there are many moments and events worth remembering. The world will remember this year for its strenuous efforts towards economic recovery after the strike of the financial crisis. Europe will remember this year for the “Lisbon Treaty“, its entry into force ushering the European Union into a new phase of development. China will remember this year for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. We will also remember that China withstands the crisis, meets the challenges, speeds up its economic transformation and pushes forward its economic, political and social reform. Up to date, all our policy measures as response to the crisis have taken good effect, and there is no doubt that China's economic growth this year will achieve the set target of 8%. China is moving forward steadily along the road of comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable development.