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Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Addresses the Conference on China-US Relations via Video Link Hosted by the US Institute of Peace

On March 7, 2012, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi delivered remarks to the conference on China-US relations marking the 40th anniversary of President Nixon's visit to China and the issuance of the Shanghai Communiqué in Washington via live video link.

Yang extended congratulations upon the conference and expressed gratitude to the Americans for their abiding commitment and long years of hard work to build up China-US relations.

He said that President Nixon forty years ago paid a historic visit to China, during which our two countries issued the epoch-making Shanghai Communiqué. With extraordinary strategic vision and political wisdom, the Chinese and American leaders opened a new chapter in our bilateral relations. Forty years have passed. Thanks to the concerted efforts of both sides, China-US relations have kept moving forward despite some ups and downs over these years and have grown into one of the most important bilateral ties in the world today. Frequent high-level exchanges and growing dialogue mechanisms have become a regular feature of the bilateral ties. The two countries enjoy flourishing trade and business ties, active people-to-people and local exchanges and close coordination on international issues. The dynamic growth of China-US relations over the last 40 years proves that our shared interests far outweigh differences, that cooperation has always been the dominant trend of our relations, and that a sound China-US relationship is in the best interest of both countries.

He pointed out that we have entered the second decade of this century and China-US relations now stand at a new starting point. In January 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the US. He reached agreement with President Obama on working together to build a China-US cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit, ushering China-US relations into a new stage. President Hu Jintao, Chairman Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao have held many important and positive meetings with the US leaders in recent years on promoting China-US cooperation. Last month, Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to the US vigorously advanced the building of China-US cooperative partnership.

He stressed that the world is going through complex and profound changes unseen before. China and the US, as two great nations, share more extensive common interests and also heavier responsibilities. The growth of China-US relations is important for the well-being of our two peoples and peace, stability and prosperity of the world. We need to act on the agreement reached between the two heads of state and work hard to build China-US cooperative partnership. We must increase dialogue, enhance mutual trust, deepen cooperation, earnestly respect each other's core interests and major concerns and properly handle relevant issues to promote the healthy and stable growth of and create a greater future for China-US relations.

To mark the 40th anniversary of President Nixon's visit to China and the issuance of the Shanghai Communiqué, the United States Institute of Peace, the Richard Nixon Foundation and the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States held the conference "The Week That Changed the World: President Nixon's Historic Trip to China and the Future of US-China Relations" to discuss further promoting China-US relations. US Secretary of State Clinton, former Secretary of State Kissinger, former assistant to the president for national security affairs Scowcroft and Chinese Ambassador to the US Zhang Yesui, among others, were present at the conference.

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