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Consul General Hong Lei attended Michigan China Forum 2018
2018/03/24

On March 24, Consul General Hong Lei attended the Michigan China Forum 2018 hosted by the University of Michigan. Vice President for Research of the University of Michigan Jack Hu and over 400 guests participated in the event.

In the speech, Consul General Hong Lei said that the 19th CPC National Congress concluded that China’s development has entered a new era. By 2020, China will grow into a moderately prosperous country in an all-round way. By 2035, China will basically realize modernization. By the middle of this century, China will build itself into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful. China’s development will not only enable the Chinese people to live a happy and peaceful life, but will also bring unprecedented development opportunities for the world including the U.S..

Consul General Hong Lei said that China does not develop in an isolated way. Its development depends on a peaceful and stable international environment. A stronger and more confident China will make greater contribution to the international community. China will unsweringly pursue a peaceful development path, adhere to an open strategy featuring mutual benefits and win-win outcomes. China is committed to building a new type of international relations and a community of shared future for mankind. China is actively promoting international cooperation under the Belt and Road initiative and will hold the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai in November this year.

Consul General Hong Lei said that past year has witnessed a smooth transition in China-U.S. relations. China and the U.S. have broad common interests and major responsibilities in safeguarding world peace, stability and prosperity. China seeks global partnership, rather than expansion or hegemony, not to mention challenge or replace the U.S.. China and the U.S. should resort to dialogues to solve differences in trade and economy and expand common interests. Trade war is never an option to solve problems as it does no good to anyone.

Consul General Hong Lei said that the nine states within the consular district of the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago have been actively growing ties with China and have realized fruitful results. In the last year, four governors visited China, including Governor Snyder of Michigan who paid his seventh visit to China. China is Michigan’s third largest trading partner and export market. Michigan has become an important investment destination for Chinese companies. In May this year, Michigan will hold the China Week in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, injecting new momentum to bilateral relations. We would like to work with Michigan and American people from all walks of life to tap into the potential of bilateral cooperation and exchanges in all fields, and facilitate greater development of our bilateral relationship.

After the opening ceremony, Consul General Hong Lei also attended the Sino-U.S. relations Panel, and had an in-depth exchange of opinions with Vice President Jack Hu and other guests. He also answered questions from the audience on the Belt and Road initiative, people-to-people exchanges between the U.S. and China and new measures taken by China to deepen reform.

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