See China in the Light of Her Development━━在剑桥大学的演讲
Speech at the University of Cambridge
中华人民共和国国务院总理 温家宝 2009年2月2日
Wen Jiabao Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China,2 February 2009
Vice Chancellor Alison Richard, Ladies and Gentlemen
It gives me great pleasure to come to Cambridge, a world-renowneduniversity that I have long wanted to visit. Cambridge has produced manygreat scientists and thinkers Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and FrancisBacon, to name but a few, and made important contribution to the progressof human civilization. This year marks the 800th anniversary of theuniversity. Please accept my warm congratulations.
This is my fourth visit to your country. Despite the great distancebetween China and Britain, the friendly exchanges between our peoples havebeen on the rise. The successful resolution of the question of Hong Kongand fruitful cooperation between our two countries in areas such aseconomy, trade, culture, education, science and technology have cementedthe foundation of our comprehensive strategic partnership. Here, I wish topay high tribute to all those who have been working tirelessly to promotefriendly ties between our two countries.
The title of my speech today is "See China in the Light of HerDevelopment".
My beloved motherland is a country both old and young.
She is old, because she is a big Oriental country with a civilizationstretching back several thousand years. With diligence and wisdom, theChinese nation created a splendid civilization and made significantcontributions to the progress of humanity.
She is young, because the People's Republic is just 60 years old, andthe country began reform and opening-up only 30 years ago. The Chinesepeople established the New China after unremitting struggles andultimately found a development path suited to China's national conditionsthrough painstaking efforts. This is the path of socialism with Chinesecharacteristics. Following this path, our ancient civilization has beenrejuvenated.