Congratulatory Message by Ambassador Cui Tiankai at the China-Utah Trade and Investment Forum
May 11, 2019
I would like to extend my warmest regards to everyone attending the China-Utah Trade and Investment Forum.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. During this time, we have learned a number of important lessons. We’ve learned that the relationship between our two countries can provide tangible benefits to our people. We’ve learned that cooperation on matters related to trade and economics serve as both the anchor and propeller of this relationship. And we’ve learned that sub-national engagements serve as the foundation and driving force for the relationship.
China-US relations are at a critical juncture and it is important that we remember that our two countries always stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation. There is no better option than continued cooperation. We need to work together to ensure the sound and steady development of China-US relations continues along the right track.
Today, officials and entrepreneurs from Utah and China are gathering here to discuss how to deepen our win-win and practical cooperation. This gets to the very essence of the China-US relationship. Today’s Forum demonstrates that sub-national governments, private sector stakeholders, and our respective citizens all have high expectations for the China-US relationship. Not only do they approve of the continued friendship and cooperation between our countries, but they also have confidence in the relationship going forward.
The friendly relationship between China and Utah has a long history. Shortly after China and the United States established diplomatic relations in 1979, Brigham Young University took the lead by sending a performing group to China. In 2006, the Utah State Legislature and the Liaoning Provincial People’s Congress established the first cooperation and exchange mechanism between US state and Chinese provincial legislatures. In 2011, the first China-US Governors Forum was held here in Utah. Utah is also a pioneer in Chinese language education in the United States. In fact, Utahans speak Chinese at a higher percentage than any other state. These records reflect the public support for the state’s friendship with China, and they have effectively advanced our practical cooperation in various fields. Looking ahead, we have every reason to believe that the two sides will have stronger aspirations and more urgent needs for wide-ranging cooperation, which will surely enjoy more promising prospects.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. A few months ago, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of reform and the opening-up of our country. The Chinese government has always followed a people-centered development philosophy and worked tirelessly to deliver a better life for the people of China. To reach this goal, China will continue to deepen reforms across the board, further open itself to international engagement, and work with other countries to jointly foster a new model of international relations. At its core, this strategy will be a win-win for all parties and ultimately lead to the creation of a community built for the shared future of mankind. The Chinese government and its people are committed to the advancement of China-US relations based on coordination, cooperation, and stability. We welcome the people of Utah to share in our development opportunities and ask that you bring your passion and enterprising spirits to the further cooperation and collaboration between our two countries.
Last but not least, I wish the Forum a complete success!
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the United States of America