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Dai Bingguo Delivers Speech on China-US Relations at CSIS

2016/07/02

On July 1, 2016 local time, former State Councilor Dai Bingguo, who was attending a think-tank conference in the US, delivered a speech on China-US relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C.

Dai Bingguo pointed out that today's world is indeed a little chaotic and far from peaceful, but the mainstream of the world situation is still to achieve peace, development, cooperation and progress. The world is no longer under a state of conflict and confrontation between two major political, economic or military blocs. The sense of alliance is quietly dying away in some places and the awareness of a community of common destiny is being strengthened gradually. People no longer blindly believe in one model of development; instead, more and more countries are seeking a development path conforming to their own national conditions. The international system and order are being constantly reformed and improved. The governance of our planet can only become promising when the general trend of the world is clarified, the correct approach to advance the situation toward a positive direction is found, and the job is done in concerted efforts with new thoughts and new methods.

Dai Bingguo stressed that China is a country shouldering responsibility for itself and the world at large. We are not only determined to do a good job in governing our own country, but also willing to join efforts with the international community to make constructive contributions to well governing the world in which we live together. As the largest developing country, China's long-term historical task is still to develop itself. We have dovoted great efforts to regulate and govern the Communist Party of China (CPC), including fighting against and punishing corruption with extraordinary courage and strength, in order to ensure that the CPC is not separated from the general public and that China maintains long-lasting stability, prosperity, security and solidarity. We have comprehensively deepened reform and expanded opening up in unprecedented scope and with unparalleled strength to ensure that China continues to maintain medium- to-high growth rate and that China's development outcomes benefit the Chinese people in a fairer manner, and also better benefit Asia and the world at large. We have unswervingly taken the path of peaceful development, adhered to non-alignment, non-hegemony and non-interference in other countries' internal affairs, persisted in focusing on carrying out equal and mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries in the world, especially neighboring countries, and always acted as a maintainer, builder and improver of the international system. We have actively participated in resolving major hot-spot issues and global challenges and taken on more and more international responsibility corresponding to our own national strength. We are committed to building a new model of major-country relationship with the US featuring non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation, and striving with other countries in the world to build a community of shared destiny for mankind. In a word, the essence of China's rise is the "self salvation" and rejuvenation of the Chinese nation plagued by tragedies. We will never bully others, and we hope that others will respect our sovereignty, security and development interests. A China that adheres to the path of peaceful development, witnesses increasingly better governance, and enjoys long-lasting prosperity and stability is an opportunity for both the US and the whole world.

Dai Bingguo pointed out that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the US 37 years ago, bilateral dialogue and cooperation have covered almost every field, and the interests of the two sides are so closely interwoven that neither side can be independent from the other. Bilateral cooperation has not only benefited China and the US, but also changed the world; in particular, without the peace dividend from the steady development of China-US relations, the Asia-Pacific region could not have enjoyed great development and prosperity for 30 years. As the result of the joint endeavor of generations of leaders and peoples of the two sides, the tremendous development of China-US relations deserves to be cherished, safeguarded and advanced with all efforts by both sides. For China-US relations to move forward, the path of building a new model of major-country relationship must be followed well. This is a consensus jointly consulted and gradually reached in the ten years of strategic dialogues between China and the US, a strategic decision determined in numerous bilateral meetings and reiterated again and again by the two heads of state, and a general framework to ensure the long-term and steady development of China-US relations, which is a priceless treasure for both sides. The two sides should eliminate interferences, overcome difficulties, and work together to advance it.

Dai Bingguo emphasized that both sides should unremittingly strengthen strategic communication at the high level and other levels, devote great efforts to deepen cooperation, and practically well manage and control conflicts and divergences. Both sides should also enhance exchanges of experience in party governance and state governance and administration, during which both sides should not only be independent and respect each other, but also communicate with and learn from each other. I hope that both sides could endeavor to well build China-US relations so that future generations of the two countries can grow up joyfully and live happily under the sunshine of peace!

Over 20 well-known scholars, including H.E. Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the US, CSIS President and CEO John Hamre, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Stephen Hadley of the US, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Rudy de Leon of the US, former US Ambassador to China J. Stapleton Roy, and former Senior Director for Asian Affairs of the White House National Security Council Kenneth Lieberthal of the US, attended the meeting.

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