On April 22, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States held a reception in honor of Ambassador Zhang Yesui and Mme Chen Naiqing. Over 400 guests attended the reception, including USTR Ambassador Ron Kirk, Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew, Under Secretary of State Robert Hormats, Under Secretary of Commerce Frank Sanchez, Under Secretary of Agriculture James Miller, Senator Daniel Inouye, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congressmen Rick Larson, Mark Kirk, Charles Boustany and Chandler and representatives from various sectors and more than 60 foreign diplomatic missions in Washington DC.
In his remarks, Ambassador Zhang pointed out that President Hu Jintao and President Obama had a successful bilateral meeting before President Hu attended the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC. This meeting is of great significance for the development of China-US relations in the next stage.
Ambassador Zhang stressed that a sound China-US relationship not only serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, but also contributes to peace, stability and development of the Asia-Pacific and the world at large. It requires concerted efforts from both sides and enhanced dialogue and cooperation. It requires both sides to treat each other with respect, respect each other's core interests and major concerns and properly handle differences and sensitive issues through dialogue and consultation as equal partners. It also requires deeper mutual understanding as state-to-state relations are underpinned by amity among the peoples. Continued and steady development of China-US relations will not be possible without the understanding, participation and support from the Chinese and American peoples.
Ambassador Zhang expressed the appreciation to the US government and American people for their long-standing contribution to China-US relations, particularly their sympathy and support they extended following the recent earthquake in Yushu of Qinghai Province.
Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew spoke on behalf of the US administration. He warmly welcomed Ambassador Zhang and Mme Chen to Washington DC with a Chinese saying that "it is a real pleasure to have friend coming from afar".
He pointed out that the US administration believes that the recent meeting between the two Presidents is a successful one. The US side appreciates China's support for the Summit and the role China plays as a partner in ensuring the success of the Summit. Both Presidents believe that US-China relations enjoy a bright prospect, the two countries share common interests in safeguarding world peace, stability and prosperity and both sides remain committed to building a positive, cooperative and comprehensive US-China relationship for the 21st century. On behalf of the US government, he expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the earthquake and said the US government is ready to provide assistance to the quake-stricken region at any time.
Senator Feinstein recalled the cordial relations and friendship built between her and Chinese leaders and successive Chinese Ambassadors over the past three decades since the establishment of diplomatic ties. She wished sustained development of China-US relations and every success for Ambassador Zhang in his work.