On October 19, 2011, Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai, at invitation, attended the opening ceremony of the China-US governors' dialogue and made a speech.
Cui said that regional cooperation is the important foundation and driving force of China-US relations. To hold the dialogue is a major result of President Hu Jintao's state visit to the US in January this year and has been fully supported by the Chinese and the US governments. He hopes the provinces and states of the two countries take advantage of the dialogue to push forward the regional pragmatic cooperation, deepen economic and trade relations, enhance friendship between the two peoples and make contributions to boosting the common prosperity of the two countries and progress of the bilateral relations.
Co-hosted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the National Governors Association of the United States, the dialogue is a key follow-up event of the first China-US Governors' Forum which was held in July this year. Officials of Zhejiang, Hunan, Beijing, Liaoning, Anhui, Jiangxi, Shandong and Yunnan and governors of Washington, Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands attended the dialogue.