The Embassy Holds a Welcome Reception in Honor of Ambassador Cui Tiankai and Mme Ni Peijun
2013/04/19

On April 17, the Chinese Embassy held a welcome reception in honor of Ambassador Cui Tiankai and Mme Ni Peijun. Some 600 guests attended the reception, including Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, General Counsel of the Department of Commerce Cameron Kerry, Under Secretary of Commerce Francisco Sánchez and Eric Hirschhorn, Senior Director for Asian Affairs of the National Security Council Daniel Russel, Congressmen Matt Salmon, Leonard Lance, Mark Takano, Thomas Marino, Mike Kelly, Congresswoman Grace Meng, Governor of Delaware Jack Markell, former National Security Advisor Samuel Berger, former Secretary of Treasure Henry Paulson, Chair of the National Committee on US-China Relations Carla Hills, and representatives from foreign diplomatic missions in Washington DC, the US business community, think tanks, media as well as the Chinese community in the US. The reception was chaired by Minister Deng Hongbo.

   

Ambassador Cui started his remarks by expressing deepest condolences for the Chinese and American nationals who lost their lives in the Boston bombing, and sympathies to the injured and their families. Ambassador Cui said that China strongly condemns such an act of terror. China and the United States should cooperate more closely to address terrorism and other global changes.

Ambassador Cui said that China-US relationship has made remarkable strides over the past four decades or so and has become one of the most important and dynamic bilateral relationship in the world. To keep a healthy, stable and growing relationship is not only a must for the two countries, but also the shared responsibility to the international community. Today, China-US relations are at a new phase. Not long ago, President Xi Jinping and President Obama spoke on the phone and reached important agreement on the China-US relations under the new circumstances. China stands ready to work with the US to strengthen dialogue, communication and cooperation, properly handle the sensitive issues and complexities in bilateral relations, carry forward the China-US cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit and jointly explore a new type of relationship between major countries.

   

Deputy Secretary Burns delivered remarks on behalf of the US government. He warmly welcomed Ambassador Cui to his new post. He stated that US-China relations have entered a critical stage. From peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific to global issues such as climate change, non-proliferation, poverty and counter terrorism, none of these issues could be addressed without the United States and China working together. The US is committed to working with China to build an open and inclusive international system with shared security and prosperity. He also offered condolences for the loss of a Chinese national in the Boston bombing. Deputy Secretary of Energy Poneman said that the US government attaches great importance to energy cooperation with China. The two countries share extensive common interests and bright prospect for collaboration in clean energy, shale oil and other areas. He sincerely hoped that US-China energy cooperation could make further progress in the future.

In their remarks, Congressmen Salmon, Takano and Congresswoman Grace Meng pointed out that US-China relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the world. In the face of various global challenges, there are every reason for the two countries to live together peacefully, cooperate closely and play a leadership role in promoting world peace and prosperity. They look forward to working with Ambassador Cui to promote the parliamentary exchanges between the two countries and cooperation in other areas.

Governor Markell commended the growing sub-national ties between China and the United States in recent years. He said that the state of Delaware has seen increasing exchanges and collaboration with many Chinese provinces. On behalf of the Delaware state government and the US National Governors Association, he welcomed Chinese businesses to invest in the US and expressed the willingness to provide assistance in this regard.

On behalf of the US business community, think tanks and other organizations, Ambassador Carla Hills congratulated Ambassador Cui on his new appointment, and reaffirmed that US businesses, academics and others will continue to support US-China relations and contribute to the further growth of this important relationship.

 

 

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