A delegation of 15 diplomatic envoys and journalists led by Mr. Abrao dos Santos, Ambassador of Timor-Leste to China, visited Fujian from 9 to 11 November.
On 9 November, Vice Governor Guo Ningning met with the delegation. She said, during President Xi’s tenure in Fujian, he articulated important philosophies on poverty alleviation and led Fujian people in the fight against poverty. The following trip will give you a deeper understanding of this history and China’s poverty eradication cause. As the core area of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Fujian is looking forward to deepening practical cooperation with China’s neighbouring countries.
Ambassador Abrao Dos Santos thanked Fujian for its thoughtful arrangements, and said the delegation will trace the journey of Fujian’s development and draw on its successful experience.
During the stay in Fujian, the delegation visited Digital Fujian Cloud Computing Centre, Fuzhou Municipal Public Service Centre, Three Lanes and Seven Alleys, Chixi Village, Changsha Village, Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), Qingtuo Group, and Poverty Eradication Theme Exhibition Hall in Ningde.
On November 17, Fujian Province officially twinned with Arad, Romania via video link, making it the 30th sister province of Fujian.
Vice Governor Cui Yonghui and Iustin Cionca, President of Arad County Council, signed the sister province agreement on behalf of both parties. In their speeches, both Cui and Cionca highlighted the solidarity between the two provinces in the face of COVID-19, and pledged to strengthen ties on trade, economy, traditional Chinese medicine, and education, and people-to-people exchanges.
Jiang Yu, Chinese Ambassador to Romania, and representatives of the Romanian Embassy in China also attended the meeting to witness the signing.
An online celebration was held on November 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of the sister province relationship between Fujian and Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Ambassadors, provincial leaders and experts from both sides participated in the event, reviewing the achievements both have made over the past two decades and looking into the future of bilateral cooperation.
Yu Weiguo, Secretary of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee, highlighted the progress of bilateral ties over the years and laid out proposals for even closer exchanges and cooperation. Peter Numu, Governor of Eastern Highlands Province, expressed hopes for the two provinces to deepen practical cooperation in such areas as agriculture, infrastructure, trade and education.
During the online activity, a five-year cooperative agreement was signed to further promote the Juncao and upland rice technologies in Eastern Highlands and bilateral cooperation in industrial capacity and people-to-people exchanges.
On October 19, Governor Wang Ning met with Clare Fearnley, New Zealand Ambassador to China, in Fuzhou.
Governor Wang noted the longstanding friendship and fruitful cooperation between the two sides in the past, and briefed on Fujian's progress in reviving economic and social development while containing Covid-19. Ambassordar Fearnley congratulated on Fujian's achivements and expressed hope to advance ties with Fujian. Both exchanged views on ways to step up cooperation and reached common understanding on strengthening practical cooperation in such areas as education, tourism, trade, investment and sister cities, and on sharing experience in improvnig business environment.
Vice Governor Guo Ningning, Rebekah Mawson, New Zealand Consul General in Guangzhou, and heads of relevant departments of Fujian provincial government attended the meeting.
Song Tao, minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC), made a keynote speech at the International Seminar on Poverty Eradication and Responsibility of Political Parties, which kicked off in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian province, on Oct. 12, 2020. [Photo courtesy of IDCPC]
The International Seminar on Poverty Eradication and Responsibility of Political Parties opened in southeast China's Fujian province on Monday.
Around 400 representatives of political parties from over 100 countries and diplomatic envoys, representatives of international organizations, media correspondents from developing countries based in China, as well as think tank experts attended in person or remotely.
The two-day seminar, consisting of discussions and visits in Fuzhou and Ningde city of Fujian province, aimed to introduce the poverty alleviation experience and insights of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to the world and pool global wisdom on poverty reduction practice worldwide, as well as serving as a platform to promote international communication and cooperation of political parties.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a congratulatory message to the seminar called on the international community, including political parties in all countries, to work together to accelerate the process of global poverty reduction, as difficulties and challenges in this regard are still severe.
It was of special significance that the international seminar was being held just days before the 28th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty recognized by the United Nations as well as China's 7th National Poverty Relief Day on Oct. 17, said Song Tao, minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
He noted that the CPC had put poverty eradication in a prominent place on its agenda and was making arduous efforts in this regard.
According to the World Bank, more than 850 million Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty, contributing over 70% to global poverty reduction.
"Despite the COVID-19 impact, we remain confident that we will, as planned, lift the entire poor rural population above the current poverty line and achieve the poverty eradication target set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule," Song stressed.
State leaders from other countries including Laos, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Argentina, and the Central African Republic also sent congratulatory messages either in writing or via videos to the seminar.
They spoke highly of China's achievements in poverty alleviation under CPC leadership and stressed that political parties of all countries should play a leading role.
Bounnhang Vorachith, general secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee and president of Laos, said the Chinese people under the strong leadership of the CPC had made huge achievements in poverty alleviation.
He said poverty eradication, prosperity, and a better life for all was what the political parties of all countries strive for, and also their due obligations and responsibilities, adding that world political parties should have closer coordination and cooperation.
In the message of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, he said that China has always making contributions to poverty reduction and development in Africa, especially in Zimbabwe.
"We thank the Chinese government for investing in several developmental projects. China's trade and investments have boosted Africa's economic development, improved the economic situation to a large extent, and reduced poverty."
Argentine President Alberto Fernandez believed the seminar would generate a positive synergy. He shared Argentina's practice of guaranteeing food security and people's livelihood in order to cope with the economic setback caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure sustainable and inclusive growth as framed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Participants conducted lively discussions and exchanges on poverty reduction around the world and human sustainable development.
The event was jointly hosted by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee and the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee.
The International Seminar on Poverty Eradication and Responsibility of Political Parties was held in southeast China's Fujian province from Oct. 12 to 13, 2020. [Photo courtesy of IDCPC]