Cui Tiankai: China's Development Has Brought New Historical Opportunities
for China-U.S. Relations
2017/11/22

 

On November 20, Ambassador Cui Tiankai attended a gala dinner of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations celebrating its 50th Anniversary and delivered remarks.

Ambassador Cui said, as President Xi put in his message, the 19th Party Congress drew up a blueprint for China's future development. China will accomplish its first centenary goal by the year 2020, and embark on its journey to the second centenary goal.

China's development will continue to be people-centered. The main challenge we are facing is people's ever-growing needs for a better life versus unbalanced and inadequate development. As President Xi pointed out time and again, our people's aspiration for better life should be our goal. China's development will be an all-round progress in economic, political, social, cultural and ecological fields. It will be guided by a new development concept, emphasizing innovation, coordination, green growth, openness and shared benefits. China's development will continue to rely on the strategy of deepening reform and opening up. We are convinced that only reform and opening up will enable China to modernize. As President Xi pointed out when he met with the press at the conclusion of the 19th Party Congress, the rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation will be achieved in the process of reform and opening up.

We have full confidence that we will accomplish all these goals. After all, if you don't have self-confidence, who else would have confidence in you? Facts have proven that China is on the right track. Our goals are ambitious. We have to be ambitious in order to modernize a big country with a population of over 1.3 billion. At the same time, our goals are down-to-earth. We clearly recognize that China is still a developing country. The achievements of past decades are remarkable, but as we say in China, "for a journey of 100 miles, 90 miles is just half way through". The challenges ahead could be even more difficult, so we should make even more efforts. We have good reasons to be proud, but no reason whatsoever to be conceited and self-complacent.

China's development needs a stable and prosperous world. China will take on greater international responsibility, and make greater contribution to world peace and development. Therefore China will continue to follow the path of peaceful development. We will pursue a new form of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice, and win-win cooperation, in an effort to build a community of shared future for mankind. China seeks global partnership, not world dominance. China stands for better cooperation and coordination among the major powers, but we are against and reject the so-called zero-sum games. China will certainly defend its legitimate rights and interests, but we will never pursue our development at the expense of other countries' interests.

China's development has brought about new historical opportunities for China-U.S. relations, and has opened up even broader prospects. I hope that the American side will work with us to make the best use of this historical opportunity. We have to stick to the right direction of our bilateral relationship and make sure it will develop in a steady, sustaining and sound way, for the benefit of our two peoples, as well as the entire world.

 

Ambassador Cui encouraged the National Committee to continue to play a leading role to mobilize public support and understanding to promote this important relationship.

More than 400 guests from government, business and academic communities attended the gala, including former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. Maurice Greenberg, Chairman of the National Committee Carla Hills and President of the National Committee Stephen Orlins.

 

 

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