Ambassador CUI Tiankai: Deepening sub-national
cooperation, enhancing China-US bilateral relationship



On January 27, Ambassador Cui Tiankai held a reception to celebrate the Spring Festival in the Sheraton Hotel of Charlotte, North Carolina. The reception was presided over by Minister Li Kexin. More than 400 guests joined the event, including Governor Patrick McCrory of North Carolina, Congressman Robert Pittenger, Speaker of the House Tommy Pope of South Carolina, Mayor Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte and other local government officials, businessmen, local Chinese and students.


In his remarks, Ambassador Cui pointed out that this was the very first Chun Jie celebration the Chinese Embassy had ever held outside Washington D.C.. He hoped a closer tie with local communities would foster more exchanges and cooperation between China and the U.S. at the sub-national level, thus further promote China-US relations. Ambassador Cui shared with guests the impressive development of China-North Carolina exchanges. By the end of 2014, the trade volume between China and North Carolina reached 15 billion US dollars, making China the 3rd largest export market and the largest source of import of North Carolina. Over a dozen well-known Chinese companies, like Lenovo and China Tobacco, have invested in North Carolina. Moreover, North Carolina had established 2 sister province-state relations and 6 sister city relations with Chinese provinces and cities. With these compelling numbers and the commitment from the local governments and enterprises, China's cooperation with North Carolina has become an excellent example of China-US sub-national exchanges.


Ambassador Cui elaborated the great potential of sub-national cooperation between China and the U.S., backed by solid political foundation, robust Chinese economy and strong economic and people-to-people bond. He said the embassy would make it a priority in 2016, as part of an effort to drive the overall development of China-US relationship.

Ambassador Cui said, sub-national cooperation means practical cooperation between cities and states, but beyond that, it is an indispensable part of the big picture -- how the two biggest nations in the world work together. In September 2015, President Xi Jinping paid a successful state visit to the U.S.. The historic visit achieved 49 outcomes and reaffirmed the commitment from both sides to building a new model of major-country relationship between China and the U.S., featuring non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation. This laid the political foundation for sub-national cooperation between China and the U.S.

Trade and people-to-people bond adds to the good prospects of the overall China-US relations. 2016 would be the China-US Tourism Year. It will give a push to the interactions and mutual understanding between the two peoples.

Moreover, China's strong growth, especially the new five-year plan that aims to bring innovative, coordinated, green, open and inclusive growth, can easily dovetail with the economic development in US states and cities, including North Carolina. Though there are challenges, the foundation of China-US cooperation has been solid, and our common interest far outweighs our differences. China-US relationship will move on in a healthy and steady track. The deepened sub-national cooperation will bring new engines driving China-US relationship.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2016 is the year of Monkey. Ambassador Cui expressed his best wishes to China-US relationship. He said, thanks to the cooperation between our two governments and two peoples at different levels, with such spirit like Monkey King and Tar Heels, we will certainly overcome difficulties and realize our goals.

Governor Patrick McCrory of North Carolina, Congressman Robert Pittenger, Speaker of the House Tommy Pope of South Carolina, Mayor Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte and the representative of Chinese community Yang Huadong also applauded the progress of China-US sub-national cooperation and expressed their commitment to this endeavor in their remarks. 


After the blizzard, spring is back to Charlotte. Ambassador Cui and guests exchanged views on China-US cooperation and guests expressed their best wishes to China-US relationship in the coming year.


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