Ambassador Cui Tiankai Attended the Opening Ceremony of New Nixon Library


On October 14, 2016, Ambassador Cui Tiankai attended the Opening Ceremony of New Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California and delivered a speech. Former US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ed Royce, former U.S. Ambassador to China Winston Lord, former Governor of the State of California Pete Wilson, President Nixon’s eldest daughter Tricia Nixon Cox, Chairman of the Richard Nixon Foundation Ron Walker, and President&CEO of the Richard Nixon Foundation William H. Baribault were present.

The Nixon Library was officially established on July, 1990. Last year, Richard Nixon Foundation completely renovated the Nixon Library at a cost of 15 Million US Dollars. To highlight and memorize President Nixon’s historical visit to China in 1972, the new Nixon Library added a China Pavilion, where a lot of valuable archives, photos and video clips are on display. Many of them are newly open to the public.


Before the opening ceremony, Ambassador Cui Tiankai and Dr.Kissinger visited the New Library. In the China Pavilion, they were deeply impressed by the vivid and memorable exhibition of President Nixon’s historic visit.

Ambassador Cui expressed his congratulations on the opening of New Nixon Library in his speech at luncheon.He said, forty four years ago, China and the U.S. started to look at each other in a new way when President Nixon paid a world-shaking visit to China and leaders of the two countries jointly reopened the door of China-U.S. contact. This is the result of great vision from the two sides, transcending the limitations of the Cold War era. The reopening and normalization of China-U.S. relations improved the strategic external environment for both countries. It changed the political and economic landscape in the Asia-Pacific region and in the world, heralding the end of the Cold War. It opened up the prospects of a world order that encompasses all major powers and a world market that is truly global in scope. It has served the interests of not only our two peoples, but also the entire Asia-Pacific region and the whole world.

Ambassador Cui said, today the China-U.S. relationship is at a historical crossroads again. The choices we make today will have far-reaching impact on the well-being of our peoples and the future of the world.We are now making good progress towards our joint efforts of building a new model of major-country relationship that features non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, but still have a long way to go.Particularly, in order to ensure a sound development of China-U.S. relations in the U.S. election year and its smooth transition into the new administration, 3 "C"s need to be emphasized: First, Consistency. We should stick to the long-term goal for our relations based on the fundamental interests of our two peoples and the world. We should never allow ourselves to be swayed by any single event or the circumstances of the day. Second, Cooperation. We should expand our coordination and cooperation, adding more positive energy to our relationship.Third, Communication. China and the United States need to strengthen frank, open, full and timely communication in order to avoid misunderstanding and miscalculation, and gradually but steadily build up mutual trust and confidence.

Ambassador Cui concluded that our success in the last four decades gave me the confidence that together we would make the right choice again and open a new chapter in the history of China-U.S. relations and of international relations in general.


During this visit, Ambassador Cui also toured the Beijing-Los Angeles Cultural Creative Industry Park, and had informal discussions with some Southern-California Chinese community leaders and US business leaders respectively.


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