Delegates praise Chinese FM, U.S. Ambassador for bilingual speeches

17:20, October 22, 2009      

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Delegates from both China and the United States applauded Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman for giving speeches in Chinese and English at the fourth China-U.S. Relations Conference, which opened in Beijing Thursday.

Li Jia, a senior at Xi'an Jiaotong University, said she was pleasantly surprised to hear fluent Chinese from Huntsman and believed the United States had attached more importance to its ties with China.

Sherylon Carroll, a communications officer from Texas A&M University, told Xinhua the speeches were honest dialogues because they broke language barriers.

"It is a step forward in China-U.S. relations," she said.

Huntsman began his speech in English and turned to Chinese when talking about his bicycling experiences.

He said he rode a Yongjiu brand bike, which was made in Shanghai.

He also made the remark about China-U.S. relations in three Chinese expressions meaning helping each other, learning from each other and making progress together.

Yang started speech in mandarin and shifted halfway to English. He said China-U.S. ties had always been driven by common interests. He hoped the two countries would keep expanding common interests and carefully address differences.

The conference has been co-hosted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Texas T&M University and its George Bush School of Government and Public Service and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

About 300 people attended the conference, including Xu Kuangdi, president of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy of the U.S. government.

Source: Xinhua
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