Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui attended and spoke at the opening ceremony of the US Foreign Policy Colloquium sponsored by the National Committee on US-China Relations, which took place at the George Washington University on the evening of May 30, 2012.
In his remarks, Ambassador Zhang said that the interests and well being of China and the United States have never been so closely interconnected. There is great scope and potential for enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation. China-US relationship is not, and should not be a zero-sum game relationship. We both emerge as winners if we work together as true partners.
Ambassador Zhang pointed out that it is only normal for China and the United States to have different views or differences on some issues. But one should not mistake trees as forests. Cooperation should be the defining characteristic of China-US relations. Both sides should stick to the right direction of building a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. If we manage our differences well, China and the United States can establish a new model of relationship under which two big countries can coexist peacefully and develop together.
The US Foreign Policy Colloquium is hosted by the National Committee on US-China Relations. It is designed to help Chinese graduate students in various disciplines at schools around the United States better understand US foreign policy making process and China-US relations. Former US National Security Advisor Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski gave the keynote address at the opening ceremony and answered questions from the audience. Chair of the National Committee on US-China Relations Carla Hills and President Stephen Orlins and others attended the event.