Cui Tiankai: State Visit by President Xi Jinping Took China-U.S. Relations to a New Height
-Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Held Reception Celebrating the 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China



Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the United States, held a reception in the Chinese Embassy to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on the evening of September 29.

Ambassador Cui praised, in his remarks, the most profound social transformation in the Chinese history inaugurated by the founding of the People's Republic of China 66 years ago. He said that in the past six decades and more, China has emerged from desperate poverty to become the second largest economy of the world. China's development has not only improved the livelihood of the Chinese people, but also provided tremendous opportunities to the world. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. It is also the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. As a staunch defender of peace and a founding member of the UN, China is firmly committed to upholding the post-War international order centered on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the path of peaceful development, and has been a steadfast force for peace, stability and development across the world.


The Ambassador also briefed his audience on the recent state visit to the United States by President Xi Jinping. He said that through the state visit, the two sides achieved their targeted goal of enhancing mutual trust and took China-US relationship to a higher level. After their meeting in Sunnylands in 2013 and Yingtai in 2014, President Xi Jinping and President Obama again had in-depth and candid strategic talks, which will bring far-reaching impact on the advancement of China-US relations.

According to Ambassador Cui, the two sides expanded their cooperation, reaching important agreement in various fields, such as economic relations and trade, energy, people-to-people exchanges, science and technology, agriculture, law enforcement, cyber security, defense, aviation, and infrastructure. The two sides also agreed to step up cooperation in peace-keeping, development cooperation, the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, food security, public health and other international and regional affairs, jointly respond to climate change, and build a relationship of positive interaction and inclusive cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.

The state visit also played an important role in enhancing people-to-people exchanges, indicated by the Ambassador. He said that the visit brought the Chinese and American peoples ever closer to each other. Wherever President Xi and Mme. Peng Liyuan went, they reached out to the American people. Mme. Peng and Mrs. Michelle Obama visited the National Zoo and named the newly-born panda cub, Bei Bei. This was just one of the many highlights of the visit designed to enhance friendship between the two peoples.

Ambassador Cui called on closer cooperation between China and the United States to seize the opportunities and respond to the challenges of the 21st century. He expressed his hope that people from all sectors in the United States would continue to provide their support to this end.

In his remarks, Under Secretary Patrick F. Kennedy congratulated on the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on behalf of the US government. He stressed that the two countries should jointly advance the China-U.S. relationship to benefit the people of China, the U.S. and the world.

Mme. Wu Xi, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Chinese Embassy, presided over the reception. Under Secretary of Commerce Eric L. Hirschhorn, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congresswoman Robert Pittenger, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, World Bank Chief Economist Kaushik Basu, and more than 600 other guests joined the celebration.

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