Ambassador Cui Tiankai Speaks at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies


On October 8, Ambassador Cui Tiankai attended the China Forum hosted by Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and delivered a speech on China's Foreign Policy and China-US relations.

Ambassador Cui pointed out that China pursues an independent foreign policy of peace. "Independent" and "peace" are the two key words of this policy. Since 1840, China had been invaded by foreign powers time and again, which was remembered by the Chinese nation as "the century of national humiliation". That explains why the Chinese people hold independence so dearly. Chinese people love peace. "HE", meaning peace and harmony, has become a valuable cultural tradition of China and the guiding principle for the Chinese society for several thousand years. "HE" is in the Chinese nation's DNA. With such Chinese culture tradition in mind, it is not difficult to understand why China's diplomacy cherishes peace so dearly and why China always advocates for solving international disputes through peaceful means.

According to Ambassador Cui, China-US relationship is the most comprehensive while the most complex, and the most promising while the most challenging relationship. China and the US are now working together to build a new model of relationship, which demonstrates the determination of both to break the old cycle of major power rivalry. This is called for by the new realities of the world in the 21st century. It is also in conformity with the long-term interests of both countries and the expectations of international community.

Ambassador Cui underscored the importance of three key words in order to ensure the success of building the new model of relationship between China and the US. First, "respect". Respecting each other's difference lays the foundation for future development of China-US relations. Second, "cooperation". The common interests between the two sides far outweigh their differences. China and the US should grow bilateral relationship and address the international hot-spot issues and global challenges with a cooperative spirit. Third, "responsibility". The two sides should respect each other's major interests and concerns, act cautiously on issues of concern to the other side and view China-US relations with a long-term view.

Ambassador Cui stressed that building a new model of relationship charted the course for China-US relations. However, the real test is still there and the two sides may face many difficulties and challenges. But with two sides working together, China-US relations will embrace a bright future.

Ambassador Cui also explained the meaning of the Chinese Dream, answered questions from the audience regarding China's international responsibilities, China-US cooperation under multilateral frameworks, China-Japan relations, and the Korean peninsula nuclear issue, etc., and interacted with the audience.

About 300 people attended the event, including faculties and students of SAIS, scholars from think tanks as the Brooking Institute, Carnegie International for International Peace and Center for Strategic and International Studies, officials from the US Department of State and Department of Defense, and representatives of the diplomatic corps as well as over 10 media agencies.


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