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U.S.-China relationship is strong: U.S. Ambassador

(People's Daily Online)

10:55, September 10, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 9 -- U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke said Friday that he began his ambassadorship with confidence that the overall state of U.S.-China relationship is strong.

Locke made the remarks in his first public address since taking the post at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Locke said that over the last 40 years, "our countries have been increasing our cooperation and interconnectedness" and called upon his audience to "think about what we can do, in partnership, to improve the world of tomorrow."

"I and President Obama reject the notion that China and the United States are engaged in a zero-sum competition, where one side must fall for the other to rise," he said.

"We can and must achieve security and prosperity together," he said.

Locke underscored the importance of the bilateral economic relationship, pledging to further the economic and commercial ties between the two sides by building a bilateral trade relationship in a mutually beneficial manner that reduces barriers to trade and creates jobs in both countries.

He vowed to increase the essential people-to-people interaction and cultural exchanges to build genuine understanding and cooperation between the two countries.

He also pledged to work toward meeting the demand for visas and do even more to reduce the amount of time Chinese students, business people, and tourists must wait to obtain visas.

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