Minister Wu Xi attends the 10th Anniversary Celebration ofthe US-China Working Group of US Congress


On June 10 2015, Minister Wu Xi of the Chinese Embassy attended the 10th anniversary celebration of the US-China Working Group of the US Congress in the Rayburn House Office Building. Present there were Co-Chair Senator Mark Kirk of the US-China Working Group of the Senate, Co-Chairs Representative Rick Larsen and Charles Boustany of the US-China Working Group of the House, President John Frisbie of the US-China Business Council, Senior Vice President Abe Denmark of the National Bureau of Asian Research, and other guests from the US Congress, think-tanks, business community and media.


In her remarks, Minister Wu appreciated the positive role of the US-China Working Group in promoting mutual understanding and cooperation between the two countries since its founding. She said that the two sides are now working together for a new model of major country relationship between China and the US, the objective set by President Xi Jinping and President Obama, and pushing forward exchanges and cooperation in all fields. She believed that President Xi's upcoming visit to the US this September will give further guidance and new impetus to this relationship.

Minister Wu noted that the common interests between China and the US far outweigh their differences, the overall China-US relations should not be overshadowed by such individual issues as South China Sea and cybersecurity. She said that resorting to "Microphone Diplomacy" or pointing fingers against each other won't solve any problems, neither will it serve the respective interests of China and the US, or be helpful in enhancing mutual trust. She stated that the right choice for addressing the differences is to respect each other and engage in more in-depth dialogues, and the Chinese side stands ready to join hands with the US Congress and others to keep the bilateral relationship on the right course.


Senator Kirk, Representatives Larsen and Boustany reviewed the status of US-China Working Group by sharing their respective experiences. They noted that the US-China relations are growing to greater maturity and the two countries can engage in productive cooperation in extensive fields and conduct frank dialogues on differences. They stated that the US-China Working Group stands ready to continue its contribution in promoting the understanding of China in the US Congress and the development of bilateral relations.


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