|Remarks by Chinese Consul General Zhao Weiping at the Launch of "U.S.-China 2022: Economic Relations in the Next Ten Years" Sponsored by China-U.S. Exchange Foundation|
|(May 23, 2013, Chicago)|
Honorable Chairman Tung,
Honorable Secretary Paulson,
Honorable Secretary Daley,
Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I feel deeply honored today to witness the grand launch of the report on "US-China 2022: Economic Relations in the next ten years", which was sponsored by the prestigious China-US Exchange Foundation. I am extremely delighted that this important event is held in Chicago, a great city very important to the development of China-US economic partnership.
This report we are launching today has been unprecedented in many aspects. It is the first report on China-US economic relations initiated and funded by a private organization outside the United States. This report also enjoys the highest-level support and participation by many senior former government officials and renowned economists. And, of course, it is the most forward-looking report on China-US economic relations since we entered the 21st century.
I have read the report with great interest and I admired the wisdom of its authors. They have not only made comprehensive and in-depth assessment on the current status of the China-US economic relations, but also offered their enlightening recommendations for the future. This report will surely strengthen our thinking on the complexity and importance of China-US economic relations and deepen our thinking on how to shape its future.
This report is also timely as this year marks the new beginning in China-US relations and President Xi Jinping and President Obama are going to hold their first summit meeting in California very soon. As China and the US are exploring a new-type major-country relationship, a new era of China-US economic relations is also approaching. This report being launched today will help us better prepared for embracing this new era.
In closing, I wish to express my high respect to Honorable Chairman Tung and the China-US Exchange Foundation for presenting us this wonderful report. I also wish to express my deep appreciation to all the distinguished guests present here today, in particular, to Secretary Paulson and Secretary Daley, for their strong support to China-US relations.