Former Chinese ambassador on China-U.S. relations in changing world

11:04, November 14, 2010      

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China-U.S. relations have made tremendous progress in the past 30 years in many respects, and the relations should be kept in good shape by seeking common ground while shelving differences, Wu Jianmin, former Chinese Ambassador to France said in Chicago on Friday night.

Wu Jianmin, former president of the Foreign Affairs University and former Chinese Ambassador to France, made the remarks while giving speeches entitled "China-U.S. Relationship in a Changing World"in the library of Ida Noyes Hall at University of Chicago.

As one of China's most senior diplomats who witnessed and contributed to the development of China-U.S. relationship, Wu was a member of China's first delegation to the United Nations in 1971.

"In the year of 1971, when I visited a U.S. supermarket, there' s nothing made in China, and when we came back in 1985, we found few things made in China in the basement, but today, many of my American friends told me, it's very difficult for them to buy me a gift which is not made in China," Wu recalled.

Wu noted a sea change has occurred in the relationship between China and U.S including bilateral trade, people-to-people exchanges, but China-U.S. relations are also facing many problems and challenges.

"Yes, we have differences, but we should not lose sight of the overall picture, the overall picture of China- U.S. relations is positive, and the fundamentals of China-U.S. relationships didn't change," Wu added."We have to understand the large part of our difference are stemming from the cultural diversity, which is the most important wealth of the human society, and it's very natural for China and U.S. to have difference."

Wu also stated the belief that China and U.S. should not let the difference stand in the way of cooperation and he mentioned it is always better to have dialogue than confrontation, since cooperation makes both countries winners while a confrontational one both losers.

Wu pointed out that the sound, robust and solid China-U.S relations is of great significance to the interest of two peoples as well as to the peace, prosperity and development of the region and the world at large.

University of Chicago is one of four universities Wu visited during his trip to the U.S.. Wu's visit was coordinated by the Confucius Institute at the university, part of a global network of almost 300 Confucius Institutes and 272 Confucius Classrooms in more than 80 countries and regions throughout the world.

Source: Xinhua


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