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Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councillor Yang Jiechi Attend Welcome Dinner Hosted by U.S. Friendship Groups

On July 11, 2013, Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, as special representatives of Chinese President Xi Jinping, attended the welcome dinner hosted in Washington D.C. by the National Committee on US-China Relations, the US-China Business Council and other friendship groups in the United States.

Wang Yang in his remarks extended his gratitude and regards to the people from all circles of the U.S. society who have long been committed to promoting U.S.-China friendship and cooperation. Wang Yang stressed that the economic dialogues is to resolve problems in economic cooperation. It has been just over 30 years for China's reform and opening up and just over 20 years for the market economy. China's market economy system is not perfect. It is an unprecedented job for China, as a large country with the population of 1.3 billion, to promote reform and opening up and seek for its own development model in the process of globalization. China and U.S. are hugely different and at different stages of development. Therefore the two countries need to increase mutual understanding through dialogues and exchanges. The two countries are going on their own ways, doing business together, should not engage in any conflict or confrontation, should respect each other, cooperate for win-win results and not to politicize economic issues.

Wang Yang said that this round of S&ED achieved fruitful results. The two sides increased mutual understanding through dialogues, laying a good foundation for future cooperation. Wang Yang pointed out with Chinese sayings that haste is not the way to eat hot tofu (more haste, less speed) and you may move slowly but never stop. In the historical process of building a new model of major-country relationship between China and U.S., the two sides should make unremitting efforts, forge ahead in a down-to-earth and pioneering attitude, and make the big tree of China-U.S. friendly cooperation thrive and flourish.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that China and the United States ought to and are able to abandon the old mode of thinking of zero-sum game, and explore a new path for win-win cooperation between major countries. President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama set the goals of building a new model of major-country relationship between China and U.S., which is the only right choice for the two countries.

Yang Jiechi stressed in his remarks that building a new model of major-country relationship requires foresight, wisdom, determination, and more importantly, the action. The two countries should look at each other's development in an open, inclusive, and positive mind. The two countries should engage in dialogue and cooperation, not confrontation and conflict. The two countries should become partners, not opponents. The two countries should seize new opportunities presented by the development of each other and strive to break new ground for cooperation. The two countries, based on the spirit of seeking common ground while reserving differences, should respect the rights of the two peoples to choose their own social systems and development paths, to take into full consideration each other's interests and concerns, and properly handle the differences.

Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce at U.S. Department of Commerce and Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture at U.S. Department of Agriculture were present at the dinner. They expressed that the relationship between U.S. and China is going closer. The two sides should strengthen dialogue and enhance mutual understanding, trust and cooperation. It is believed that through the unremitting efforts of all circles of the society in the two countries, US-China relations will surely reach new highs.

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