|Consul General Hong Lei Delivers Speech on China's Development and China-US Relations at University of Notre Dame|
On March 28, Consul General Hong Lei was invited to give a keynote speech on China's development and China-US relations at University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization Michael Pippenger, Director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies Michel Hockx, Education Counselor Chen Yinghui and more than 100 university teachers and students attended the event.
Consul General Hong Lei said that over 30 years of reform and opening up, China's economic and social causes have made remarkable progress. China’s GDP registered a 6.7% growth in 2016, outpacing most other economies. As a responsible major country, China has not only developed itself but also made great contributions to world peace and development. In the years following the outbreak of the international financial crisis, China contributed over 30 percent to global growth every year on average. Despite its modest level of development and living standard, China provided more than 400 billion yuan foreign assistance and undertook over 5,000 foreign assistance projects. China has been the most active permanent member of the UN Security Council in terms of supplying peacekeeping personnel. China has put forward new initiatives and mechanisms such as the “Belt and Road” Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to complement and improve the current international mechanisms and promote win-win cooperation and common development of regional countries.
Consul General Hong Lei said that China and the US account for one third of the world's economy, one quarter of the world's population, and one fifth of the world's total trade volume. The significance of China-US relationship is self-evident. Maintaining and developing our relationship is not only in line with the interests of our two peoples but also the common expectation of the international community. Since China and the US established diplomatic ties 38 years ago, thanks to joint efforts of successive leaders and the people of both countries, China-US relations have achieved historic growth. Today, the two countries enjoy frequent high-level mutual visits, close economic and trade ties, increasing cultural and people-to-people exchanges and prosperous sub-national cooperation, which fully reflects the fact that China-US relations feature a high level of interdependence and mutually-beneficial and win-win cooperation.
Consul General Hong Lei said that currently, China and the US are having fruitful communications on realizing exchanges between our Presidents and at other levels and expanding all areas of cooperation. As long as we follow through on the consensus reached between our Presidents, view each others' strategic intentions in a right way, respect each others' core interests and major concerns and handle and manage disputes in a constructive way, we are confident that China and the US will make new progress in our relations and bring more benefits to the two peoples.
After the speech, Consul General Hong Lei answered questions from the audience and attended the reception held by the university.