Dai Bingguo Attends and Addresses Seminar to Mark the 30th Anniversary of Sino-U.S. Diplomatic Relations
On January 13, 2009, Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo attended a seminar held by the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) to mark the 30th anniversary of Sino-U.S. diplomatic relations. He delivered a speech at the seminar.
The relationship had seen great achievements in the past 30 years, though successes and setbacks went along with the development, Dai said in his speech. The landmark development not only served the well-being of the two peoples, but was also significant to peace and prosperity of the world. The thirty years of historical experience proved the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques as the political foundation of the Sino-U.S. relationship, he said. Dai said the Sino-U.S. relationship would develop healthily and stably, as long as the two sides worked together, from a strategic and long-term perspective, to stay firm in the direction of developing constructive cooperative relations, to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, and to accommodate and respect each other's concerns.
Dai said China had also seen tremendous changes since its reform and opening up, which started in 1978. China's future had become more closely connected to the development of the world. A more developed, prosperous, open and harmonious China that adheres to the road of peaceful development would make greater contributions to peace and development of mankind, he added.
"We are living in a world where the shared interests among countries are expanding and their interdependence is increasingly strengthened," said Dai. China and the United States are sharing more responsibilities and cooperating on a broader basis than in 1979 when they established diplomatic ties, Dai said. He suggested that the two sides advance with the times, inherit the past and usher in the future and seize chances with a responsible attitude to promote the sustained, healthy and steady development of bilateral relations.
The event gathered more than 200 people including former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former National Security Advisors Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski and U.S. Ambassador to China Clark Randt, as well as guests from home and abroad.