Chinese, U.S. presidents exchange congratulatory messages on anniversary of relations 2009-01-01 16:09:20   Print

 Special Report: 30th Anniversary of Sino-U.S. Diplomatic Relations    

    BEIJING, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush exchanged congratulatory messages Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between their two countries.

Chinese President Hu Jintao(R) meets with US President George W. Bush in Lima, capital of Peru, Nov. 21, 2008.

Chinese President Hu Jintao(R) meets with U.S. President George W. Bush in Lima, capital of Peru, Nov. 21, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
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    The establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States 30 years ago "is a milestone that marked a new chapter in the history of our relations and had a significant and profound impact on the international situation and the world's landscape," Hu said in his congratulatory message.

    "For 30 years, thanks to the concerted efforts of generations of Chinese and American leaders and people of vision from all walks of life, we have made historic achievements in growing these relations," the Chinese president said.

    "Our two countries have fruitful exchanges and cooperation in a wide range of areas. Our two peoples are increasing mutual understanding and friendship day by day. The strategic significance and global implications of China-U.S. relations have become all the more evident," Hu said.

    "These facts have proven that the establishment and development of normal state-to-state relations between China and the United States serves the fundamental interests of our two peoples and go along with the trend of the times. They have not only delivered enormous benefits to our two peoples, but have also greatly contributed to peace, stability and development of Asia and the world at large," Hu said.

    The world is now undergoing complex and profound changes, Hu said, adding under the new circumstances and in the face of new opportunities and challenges, China stands ready to work with the United States to build on past achievements, sum up and draw on experience in the development of China-U.S. relations, follow the principles of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, and remain committed to the development of a constructive and cooperative relationship.

    China is willing to further strengthen dialogue and exchanges with the United States on the basis of mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, enhance mutual trust and cooperation, and continuously expand the basis for cooperation and common interests between the two countries so as "to promote sound, stable and in-depth growth of our constructive and cooperative relationship", Hu said.

    In his congratulatory message, President Bush said the decision by the two governments to open formal ties 30 years ago "transcended profound differences in our nations' histories, cultures, and political systems and bridged a seemingly impossible divide."

    "The peoples of the United States and China have come to know each other well over the last 30 years. Together, we have built bridges between our two nations in every conceivable field – from commerce and trade to education, science, sports, and the arts," Bush said.

    "Over the last eight years, the relationship between our two governments has become more constructive and cooperative, and we have made progress in addressing global challenges such as terrorism, pandemic disease, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. We have worked as global leaders to promote open markets as the best way to foster economic dynamism and development," he said.

    He hoped that over the coming 30 years "our governments will build on this foundation of goodwill and work constructively together to advance the causes of peace, stability, and development."

    Bush expressed his confidence that working with common purpose and determination, China and the United States can successfully address global challenges to ensure that "our children inherit a truly better and safer world."

U.S. paper commemorates 30th anniversary of China-U.S. relations

    NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- A major U.S. newspaper published a special edition for the first day of 2009 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of China-U.S. diplomatic relations.

    The six-page special edition by the Houston Chronicle newspaper, which was available Wednesday, includes 17 articles and several pictures, reviewing the development of the China-U.S. relations in the past 30 years. Full story

China-U.S. relations on path towards greater progress

    BEIJING, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- China-U.S. relations have been making steady progress amid twists and turns since the start of 1979 when the two nations officially established diplomatic ties, thanks to concerted efforts by both sides.

    The ever-improving relations between China and the United States have not only brought huge benefits to the two peoples but also made important contributions to world peace and development. Full story

Better Sino-U.S. ties in both nations' interest

    BEIJING, Dec. 31 -- Bilateral ties between China and the United States have developed over the past 30 years along a generally tortuous but "forward moving" road.

    Since diplomatic relations were established on Jan 1,1979, the two countries maintained a smooth relationship until May 1989. Both sides reached a new agreement on the long-controversial U.S. arms sales to Taiwan during this period, clearing away one of the largest obstacles to development of the bilateral ties. It is by no means fortuitous to U.S. that diplomatic normalization between the two countries coincided with China's adoption of the reform and opening-up initiative. A normalized relationship with the White House formed an important component in China's development strategy mapped out by late leader Deng Xiaoping, the chief architect of China's reform and opening-up program. The move turned out to be a big step in helping open a new page in Sino-U.S. relations. Full story

China-U.S. ties at new historical starting point

    BEIJING, Dec. 30 -- More than 30 years ago, the great statesmen of China and the United States used the small ping-pong ball for a big undertaking: The resumption of contact between the two countries. The ship of China-U.S. relations, moored for so long, again set sail, braving the wind and waves.

    Today, NBA player Yao Ming has become a star popular among the people of both countries. From the ping-pong ball to the basketball, it is not just a change in diameter. Rather, it reflects the enormous progress in depth and breadth of China-U.S. relations over the short span of 30 years. Full story

Editor: Lin Liyu
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