Ladies and Gentlemen,
As a Chinese saying goes, when you drink water, don't forget those who dug the well. We will always cherish the memories of the older generations of Chinese and American leaders who, with extraordinary strategic vision and political wisdom, opened the door of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Forty years ago, President Nixon paid a historic visit to China. His handshake across the Pacific with Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai and their strategic discussions broke the ice of long estrangement between the two countries. Over the past 40 years, especially over the past 33 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, the friendship between our two peoples has deepened, our mutually beneficial cooperation has expanded, and our interests have become increasingly interconnected. All this has brought benefits to our two peoples and greatly promoted peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific and the world at large. Despite some twists and turns, China-
U.S. relations have on the whole kept moving forward, just like an unstoppable river that keeps surging ahead. At a time when people throughout the world call for peace and development, China-U.S. friendship and cooperation accords with the general trend and popular will. It is a cause that cannot be stopped or reversed.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
China-U.S. relations are now at a new historical starting point in this second decade of the 21st century. In January last year, President Hu Jintao reached important agreement with President Obama on building a China-U.S. cooperative partnership. We should work hard to implement the agreement between the two presidents, expand our shared interests and mutually beneficial cooperation, strive for new progress in building our cooperative partnership and make it a new type of relationship between major countries in the 21st century. To this end, our two sides need to make joint efforts in the following four areas:
First, we should steadily increase mutual understanding and strategic trust. According to a Chinese saying, "without trust, one can achieve nothing." China and the United States have important interwoven interests. For us, strategic trust is the foundation for mutually beneficial cooperation, and greater trust will lead to broader cooperation. The two sides should increase mutual understanding and trust and reduce misunderstanding and suspicion. President Obama has stated on a number of occasions that the United States welcomes a strong, prosperous and successful China that plays a greater role in world affairs. Vice President Biden stressed in an article he wrote after his visit to China last August that China's rise is not America's demise. We in China hope to work with the U.S. side to maintain close high-level exchanges. We hope to increase dialogue and exchange of views with the United States by making full use of our channels of communication, including the Strategic and Economic Dialogues, cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and military-to-military exchanges. By doing so, we can better appreciate each other's strategic intentions and development goals, avoid misinterpretation and misjudgment, build up mutual understanding and strategic trust, and on that basis, fully tap our enormous cooperation potential.