Warm Hospitality, Thoughtful Dialogue
-- "China Salon" held in the Embassy of China



A "China Salon" was held on April 11, 2016 in the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the U.S. More than 200 alumni of Duke University joined the event. "China Salon" has been initiated to open a dialogue on various issues about modern China.


Minister Counselor Zhou Jingxing, Counselor Li Bin and Counselor Zheng Zhenhua from the embassy gave lectures on China-US relations, China's economy and China's foreign policy. An open, candid and informative Q&A session followed their brief presentations. Discussion extended from the restructuring of the Chinese economy to reforms of the SOEs (state-owned enterprise), from China-US trade and investment relationship to the exchange rate of RMB. Questions from the audience also covered topics such as the new model of the major-country relationship between China and the U.S., the cooperation between the two countries on climate change, etc.


Duke alumni expressed their appreciation and excitement having such opportunity to exchange ideas with Chinese diplomats face-to-face. They think the open and informative dialogue will definitely help them to have a better understanding of the developing China-US relationship.

Representatives from Duke University said that they give high priority to the exchanges and cooperation with the Chinese education institutes. And, as many of the Duke alumni now working in government or business world, such dialogue and exchanges are very valuable experiences for them.


In her remarks during a Reception followed the dialogue, Minister Wu Xi said the extension and depth of the cooperation between China and the U.S. has reached another new level. President Xi Jinping and President Obama held another meeting, not long ago, on the sidelines of the 4th Nuclear Security Summit, and positive and constructive results have been achieved. It is imminent and will be mutually-beneficial, for both countries, to reduce mistrust and misjudgment through enhancing communications and understanding and deepening mutual trust. Over the years, the embassy has invested a lot to keep an open door to all communities in the U.S. and encourage dialogues. We have hosted many public events and received many American guests from different sectors, hoping to serve as a bridge of communication and understanding between our two peoples. We hope, by working with DukeDC, we can contribute to a better understanding of the China-US relationship among more people, and a friendlier environment for the stable development of cooperation between China and the U.S.


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