KABUL, Oct.1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese embassy in Afghanistan has held the 67th National Day reception in Kabul on Saturday.
Yao Jing, Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan, expressed his welcome and thanks to all the guests during the ceremony. He gave a brief introduction of China's development in the past decades.
"China has succeeded in becoming the world's second biggest economy, lifting over 700 million people out of poverty," said the ambassador.
"during the first half of this year, the Chinese economy maintained a stable growth while making some progress. China's GDP grew by 6.7 percent, and major progress has been made in structural adjustments, and the quality of economic growth has been improved," he said.
The ambassador looked back at the development of China-Afghanistan relations.
Both the countries have made major progress in the "One Belt and One Road Initiative". High level exchanges have become more frequent and people-to-people ties has been consolidated.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has sent a basket of flowers to convey his congratulations.
Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, former President Sibghatullah Mujadidi, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and other top officials attended the ceremony.