17th China Salon held in the Embassy of China

On July 15, 2019, a "China Salon" was held at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the U.S. More than 80 alumni of Harvard Business School attended the event and interacted with the delegation of China Public Diplomacy Association and diplomats of the Embassy.

Chargé d'affaires Li Kexin delivered a speech at the event. He said that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. The 40-year development of bilateral relations, which has brought about tangible benefits to the people of our two countries and the world, shows that China and the U.S. have made the right choice. China-U.S. relations now face some difficulties and challenges. The key issue is how the two sides view each other and how to define China-U.S. relations. Two weeks ago, President Xi Jinping met with President Donald Trump in Osaka, reaching important consensus and setting the direction for bilateral relations in a period to come. We need to follow the consensus established by the two heads of state, expand cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit, manage differences on the basis of mutual respect and promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges. We need to work together to dispel the haze, usher in the dawn and push forward a China-U.S. relationship based on coordination, cooperation and stability. It is hoped that Harvard alumni will contribute to deeper China-U.S. friendship.

The guest speakers of the China Salon are Amb. Luo Linquan, Vice President of China Public Diplomacy Association, Amb. Su Ge, Co-Chair of Pacific Economic Cooperation Council and Chair of China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, Dr. Ruan Zongze, Vice President and Senior Fellow of China Institute of International Studies, Dr. Bi Jiyao, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Macroeconomic Research, and Dr. Chen Jianqi, Professor of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Director of the Institute of World Economics. They exchanged views with the audience on China's economy, reform and opening-up, the current China-U.S. relations, China-U.S. economic and trade issues, protection of intellectual property rights, China-U.S. people-to-people exchanges, education cooperation and protection of women's rights and interests. The event was lively and interactive.

The China Salon program was initiated by the Chinese Embassy in 2016 as a platform to engage with the American public. The Embassy has held 17 sessions of China Salon up to now.

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