China Salon XIV with Hunan Cultural Performance Held in the Embassy of China
2018/11/21

        
A "China Salon" was held on November 16, 2018 at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the U.S. More than 200 people from Harvard Club of Washington DC joined the event. A cultural show with intangible cultural heritage presentations was also performed by a visiting art delegation from China's Hunan Province. DCM and Minister Li Kexin and Minister for Economic and Commercial Affairs Zhu Hong served as guest speakers of the China Salon. Caren Pauley, Executive Director of the Harvard Club of Washington DC, moderated the dialogue.

In his opening remarks, DCM Li outlined China's development strategy and the situation of China-U.S. relations. He said that this year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up and next year will be the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries. It is a very important juncture to discuss the various topics such as what kind of country China is, what kind of relationship China and the US will have. Is it a friend-foe relationship or a partnership-confrontation relationship? The gist of the question is how we look at and define each other. China's national strategy is very simple, which is to realize its full development. In the near future, China is to lift 30 million people out of poverty and tackle pollution and other major tasks. Meanwhile, China will continue to deepen reform and increase openness. Its door will open even wider. DCM Li stressed that China attaches great importance to relations with the U.S. The two sides have vast room for cooperation in various areas. We should enhance communication to reduce trust deficit, deepen win-win cooperation and avoid any zero-sum game. The two presidents will soon meet on the margins of the G20 Summit, which will chart the direction for the future development of China-U.S. relations. Li pointed out that people remain the fundamentals, gist and basis for China-U.S. friendship. It is hoped that the two peoples, including all the guests here, can make efforts to deepen China-U.S. friendship.

DCM Li and Minister for Economic and Commercial Affairs Zhu Hong took questions from the audience about the current China-U.S. relations, China-U.S. economic and trade issues, the development and reform of China's economic and financial systems, China's foreign policy, the Belt and Road Initiative, Xinjiang-related issues, China's aging problem and the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

        
The art delegation from Hunan brought a cultural show with folk dances such as "Jasmine Blossom" and an acrobatic program "Changing Face". Four inheritors of the intangible cultural heritage presented Hunan embroidery, Chinese dark tea, Changsha palm fibre weaving and underglazed colored porcelain to the audience of the China Salon.

The event was lively and interactive. The audience appreciated the frank interactions with Chinese diplomats, and gave huge applause to the fascinating show. They said the event deepened their understanding of China's development path, direction and culture and looked forward to more opportunities of this kind in the future.

The China Salon program was initiated by the Chinese Embassy in 2016 as a platform to communicate with the American public. The Embassy has held 14 sessions of China Salon up to now.

 
 

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