Remarks by Ambassador Cui Tiankai at the Reception Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Liberation Army
2017/07/27

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Friends,

Good evening! Thank you for joining us this evening in celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). Please allow me to extend our warm congratulations to all the Chinese men and women in uniform, and pay high tribute to the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The PLA began its great journey in the Nanchang Uprising 90 years ago. Over nine decades, the PLA has always stood together with the Chinese people through thick and thin. Under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China, the PLA has made significant and remarkable contribution to the independence and liberation of the Chinese nation, to defending our sovereignty, security and development interests, and to world peace and progress.

While performing its duty to safeguard China's national security, the PLA has undertaken more and more international obligations in recent years. China outruns other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council in terms of peacekeeping personnel contribution to UN peace missions. China has been conducting escort missions in the Gulf of Aden, which have so far provided safe passage to more than 6,000 Chinese and foreign ships. The PLA has also been actively engaged in international exchanges, and is known to the world as a powerful and civilized armed forces for peace.

On our journey to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, we remain committed to the path of peaceful development as well as the national defense policy that is defensive in nature. The development of our defense forces is commensurate with China's international standing and in line with China's security and development interests.

The PLA has the resolve, confidence, and capability to stand up to all threats and challenges. It stays steadfast in defending China's sovereign, security, and development interests. The PLA will also take greater international responsibilities in peacekeeping, convoy missions, and emergency and disaster relief, and contribute more to world peace and development.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

China and the United States fought side by side during WWII, and our joint contribution to the peace and development of mankind was historical. Today, the world is undergoing profound changes. Yet mutual respect and win-win cooperation should remain the defining feature of China-U.S. relations and the only right option for both countries, no matter what changes may lie ahead.

The new situation has set a stage that is larger, rather than smaller, for China-U.S. cooperation. It has expanded, rather than contracted, areas in which the two countries can work together. President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump have had productive meetings in Mar-a-Lago and Hamburg. The tone of China-U.S. relations in the new era is set, and the direction is clear. The two sides are acting on the consensus of the two presidents, working to instill fresh impetus in bilateral relations through deepened dialogue and coordination, and striving for new progress in cooperation in various fields.

The first round of the Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (DSD) and the Comprehensive Economic Dialogue (CED) were held not long ago. Both were successful. On the economic front, as the 100-Day Action Plan has produced important and balanced outcomes, the two sides have agreed to start a one-year plan. Plus, the two sides are preparing to kick off the Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Dialogue and the Social and People-to-People Dialogue at an early date. We look forward to working with our U.S. colleagues to upgrade our dialogues and open up new prospects for our cooperation.

Cooperation is a blessing not only for China and the U.S., but also for the world. However, confrontation will bring calamities not only to our two countries, but also to the entire human society. Mil-to-mil relations should be an important stabilizing factor in the overall China-U.S. relations.

It is encouraging to see that China-U.S. mil-to-mil relations is steadily moving forward in the right direction. In the first round of DSD, the two militaries had high-level, candid and in-depth exchanges. Important consensus was reached to promote steady progress in mil-to-mil cooperation. For instance, the two defense ministers should visit each other as early as possible. The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff will visit China next month. The joint staff of the two militaries will hold their first dialogue in November. And Chinese Navy will join RIMPAC 2018. Following such positive progress, the two militaries will continue to enhance mutual trust and cooperation, and constructively manage differences, in order to make positive contribution to the healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations.

Later this year, President Trump will pay a state visit to China at President Xi's invitation. We stand ready to work more closely with our U.S. colleagues to strengthen strategic communications, expand practical cooperation in all areas, properly manage differences and sensitive issues, and deliver more consensus and outcomes. Our goal is to open up broader prospects for China-U.S. relations, thus bring about more benefits to our peoples and the world.

Thank you.

 

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