Ambassador CUI Tiankai: What the Interests of Our Two Peoples Have Put on Us Is the Historical Responsibilities to Get the China-US Relationship Right, Not the Liberty for Anyone to Make It Fail
-Chinese Embassy in the United States Held the Armed Forces Day Reception

In the celebration of the 91st anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), Major General ZHANG Li, Defense Attache of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, and his spouse held a reception in Washington DC on Monday, July 30, 2018. Ambassador CUI Tiankai delivered a keynote speech, and Major General ZHANG Li also addressed the reception briefly. A total of over 500 guests attended the reception, including generals and officers from all the services of the US military, government officials, foreign diplomats and military attaches, representatives from overseas Chinese communities and various Chinese institutions.

In his remarks, Ambassador CUI Tiankai extended his congratulations to the 91st anniversary of the founding of the PLA. He stressed that the PLA has made irreplaceable and indelible contribution to the liberation and peaceful development of the Chinese people, to reform and opening-up of China, and to safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests of China. The PLA is a "guardian" for the Chinese people in their pursuit of a safe home and a better life, and it gives a strong boost to their efforts to fulfill the dream of rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. China is committed to the path of peaceful development and adopts a national defense policy that is defensive in nature. The PLA is and will continue to be an important force that helps build world peace, contribute to global development and maintain the international order.

Ambassador CUI pointed out that this year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up. And next year, we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the US. The past four decades have proved that our cooperation has delivered huge benefits to the people of our two countries and the whole world. China's strategic goal is to develop itself rather than to challenge anyone else. China adheres to the principles of peaceful development and win-win cooperation and rejects any expansionist or colonialist path. China offers the world community unprecedented opportunities and opens up the prospects of jointly building a community with a shared future for mankind. Anyone without biases shall see this very clearly. The China-US relationship is at an important stage of development. China and the US enjoy vast prospects for cooperation, as our shared interests far outweigh our differences. Cooperation is the only right choice that our two countries should make. What the interests of our two peoples have put on us is the historical responsibilities to get the China-US relationship right, not the liberty for anyone to make it fail.

Ambassador CUI stressed that at the same time, it is only natural for China and the US to compete in some areas. China believe that our competition should be healthy and positive, aiming to improve ourselves, not to replace the other side. Our two sides need to promote cooperation through competition and achieve win-win results from cooperation. Only in this way can the interests of both countries be best served and can we honor our responsibilities to the whole world.

Ambassador CUI also pointed out that in the latter half of this year, General Wei Fenghe, China's State Councilor and Defense Minister, and Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong, Commander of the PLA Navy, will also visit the US. The two sides will work together to make the pie of shared interests even bigger and steer to the direction of mutual respect and win-win cooperation, with a view to making the mil-to-mil relationship a stabilizer in the bilateral relations. Guided by the principles of mutual respect and win-win cooperation, China would like to work with the US side to well implement the important consensus reached by our Presidents in their Beijing meeting last year, focus on cooperation, manage differences and successfully stage the second sessions of the four high-level dialogue mechanisms, so that China-US relations will move forward along the right track.

A photo exhibition on the glorious development path and great achievements of China's national defense and the PLA was held at the reception. The exhibition also highlighted the important progress made in recent years in implementing the consensus reached by the two Presidents and enhancing mil-to-mil exchanges and cooperation in various areas. The video "The Chinese People's Liberation Army of Today" was broadcast, and China Armed Forces and PLA Pictorial were distributed to the guests during the reception.

The guests expressed warm congratulations to the 91st anniversary of the founding of the PLA and the great achievements the PLA has made in the past 91 years. They commended China's national defense policy, which is defensive in nature, and its contribution to international and regional peace and stability. They also offered their best wishes to the sound and steady development of China-US mil-to-mil relationship. The reception lasted about two hours in a friendly atmosphere.


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