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DCM and Minister Xie Feng addressed Asia Society Texas Center(03/04/09)

At the invitation of ASTC Chairman Charles Foster, Minister Xie Feng attended the Asia Society Texas Center Corporate Conference 2009 and Gala Dinner in Houston on February 26 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the U.S. The Deputy Chief of Mission delivered a keynote speech to an audience of one thousand people including Qiao Hong, Cousul General of the People's Republic of China in Houston, David H. Dewhurst, Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Charles Foster, ASTC Chairman of Board of directors, J. Stapleton Roy, former US Ambassador to China, David W. Leebron, President of Rice University, representatives from local business community such as Exxon Mobil, Continental Airlines and Dell Inc. etc. and think tanks, opinion leaders as well as local Asian American community.

The Deputy Chief of Mission reviewed the historic progress of China-US relationship since the establishment of diplomatic relations 30 years ago and briefed his audience on the timely, smooth and effective communication between the two countries since the Obama administration took office. He stressed that the two countries have reached important consensus on further developing China-US relations. This has helped ensure a smooth transition and a good start of the bilateral relations. Minister Xie pledged that China is ready to work together with the new US government to view China-US relationship from a strategic and long-term perspective and seize opportunities and meet challenges to achieve further progress in the bilateral relationship.

Minister Xie briefed his audience on China-US joint efforts in response to the international financial crisis. He highlighted China's efforts to ensure domestic economic stability and relatively fast growth as well as the best wishes for an early recovery of the US economy in the interest of global economic recovery. As the current crisis continues to spread, China and the United States are in the same boat and should work together to tide over the hardship and turn the crisis into opportunity. Accusing the other side, blaming each other, politicizing economic issues, or resorting to protectionism are counterproductive and will lead to nowhere.

Minister Xie Feng also elaborated on China's position on Energy and Climate Change, and stressed that China and the United States are faced with common interests and broad potential for cooperation in meeting the challenges posed by Climate Change. Under the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities", the two countries should work together to promote positive outcome of the Copenhagen conference, and ensure the comprehensive, effective and continued implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.


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