The Chinese Embassy holds a receptioncelebrating the 62nd National Day of China

On September 28, 2011, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui and Madame Chen Naiqing hosted a reception in the Embassy in celebration of the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. U.S. government officials, including acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Assistant Secretary of Energy David Sandalow, Chief of Protocol of the State Department Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, and people of various circles, chiefs of foreign missions in the US attended the reception.

In his remarks, Ambassador Zhang briefly reviewed the tremendous and remarkable accomplishments China has made in the past 62 years. At the same time, he pointed out that China still faces enormous challenges and has a long way to go before achieving modernization. The Ambassador stressed that China will continue to shift the mode of economic development and focus more on the quality and efficiency of growth. The Chinese government will redouble its efforts to improve public welfare and ensure that the benefit of development will be shared by each and every Chinese People. China will adhere to the independent foreign policy of peace and unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development.

On China-US relations, Ambassador Zhang said that this year marks the 40th anniversary of reopening the door of exchanges between China and the United States. Over the past four decades, despite ups and downs, China-US relations has developed into one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world. Last January, during his successful state visit to the United States, President Hu and President Obama reached an important agreement on working together to build a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit.

A stable and growing China-US relationship serves the fundamental interests of our two countries and two peoples. It also contributes to peace and development of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. It is of paramount importance for the two sides to fully implement the agreements reached by the two heads of state and governments as contained in the three Joint Communiqués and China-US Joint Statements, to respect core interests of each other, and properly handle the differences and sensitive issues, especially the Taiwan issue. We must bear this in mind as we build and shape our bilateral relationship for the 21st century, said Ambassador Zhang.


Acting Secretary of Commerce Blank commended the social and economic progress China has made in the past 62 years in her remarks. She stated that US-China relations keep growing and are increasingly interdependent. On a wide range of issues from global economic development to climate change, the cooperation between the US and China is crucial. The United States and China have become the 2nd largest trade partner to each other, and China is the largest trade partner for the US outside the North America market. The US hopes to strengthen economic cooperation with China through JCCT and other mechanisms.

Deputy Secretary of State Burns said that a series of high-level exchanges and important dialogue have given momentum to US-China relationship this year, including President Hu Jingtao's state visit to the US, the third round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, and Vice President Biden's visit to China. The two sides also broke new ground by holding the first Strategic Security Dialogue. The people-to-people exchanges between the two countries are increasing. The US looks forward to hosting Vice President Xi Jinping to visit the US next year. As President Obama and other US government officials reiterated, the US welcomes the rise of a strong, prosperous and successful China that plays greater role in international affairs. Though the US and China do not agree on all matters, the two sides and the world will surely gain more from their cooperation.

About 600 people attended the reception which was moderated by Minister Yang Zigang of the Chinese Embassy.


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