|DCM Xie Feng Speaking at Harvard Kennedy School of Government|
Mr. Xie Feng, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, was invited to address more than 200 students and teachers at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, on April 29.
Describing China as an old yet young state, Mr. Xie reviewed the diverse historical and cultural traditions of China by elaborating on the interactions between tradition and change, unity and diversity, achievements and challenges, and China and the international community. He highlighted China's major achievements in political, economic, social, cultural and diplomatic fields since the founding of the People's Republic in 1949, in particular since the adoption of the reform and opening-up policy in the late 1970s.
The DCM stressed that the road of peaceful development is a natural option for China. Faced with various challenges ahead, the Chinese people are "working hard to build China into a modernized country with social justice, economic development and greater democracy".
Mr. Xie updated his audience on China's relief efforts in wake of the severe earthquake that jolted Yushu of Qinghai Province. The Chinese Government promptly activated the highest level of "national emergency response mechanism for disaster relief" and established a command center to mobilize resources across the nation. President Hu Jintao, cutting short his visit to South America, went to the affected region to guide the relief work and console the local population. Premier Wen Jiabao also postponed his visit abroad and was present at the forefront of disaster relief. The DCM noted that what the Chinese leaders did once again attested to their pledge to put people's life and interests first.
Mr. Xie stated that the disaster relief efforts are strong, effective and in good order, and post-disaster reconstruction has already started. He thanked the U.S. Government and people for their sympathy, solidarity and support to the Chinese people, and expressed his confidence that with the strong support from across China and the world, people in Yushu will soon build new and better homes out of the rubbles.
The DCM stated his views on China-U.S. relations and China's positions on Taiwan, Tibet, trade and other issues. His said that thanks to the joint efforts from both sides, China-U.S. relationship is gradually returning back to the track of further improvement and development. President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama had a very successful meeting on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, which has "pointed out the direction for China-U.S. relations in the next stage". He told his audience that China is ready to work with the United States to implement the consensus between the two presidents, ensure their relations move in the right direction, and respect each other's core interests and major concerns so as to push forward the positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-U.S. relations in the future.In the Q&A session following his speech, Mr. Xie answered questions from the floor on China's political system reform and development of democracy, China's defense policy and its intention for defense modernization, the family planning policy, future China-U.S. relations, RMB exchange rate, Chinese investmentin the United States, the interaction between China and the U.S. Congress, climate change, and Sudan.