Celebrating the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China
29 September 2020
The embassy of the People's Repubilc of China in South Africa hosted a virtual reception to celebrate the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Photo: Ambassador-designate of China, Mr Chen Xiaodong
The program included remarks by newly arrived Ambassador-designate of China, Mr Chen Xiaodong and South African Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr. Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan. Messages of congratulations from many South African friends of China as well as Chinese living and working in South Africa were flighted. The program also included the embassy staff performing the Jerusalema, cultural Chinese dance, tai-chi, calligraphy and cooking demonstrations.
Ambassador-designate Chen Xiaodong previously served as Assistant Foreign Minister covering Africa, where he made many trips to South Africa and other African countries and saw the fast and all-round progress of China-South Africa and China-Africa relations.
The virtual reception was a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and Chen said that our world is changing in profound ways, compounded by a pandemic unseen in a century. "Mankind faces severe challenges and difficult choices in 2020."