In state visit's only public policy speech, President Hu Jintao emphasizes importance of strong U.S.-China relationship
Event convenes Cabinet members, business leaders and U.S.-China economic and diplomatic experts
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, today spoke to a group of business and political leaders at a Washington, D.C. luncheon hosted by the US-China Business Council and the National Committee on United States-China Relations, with several cooperating organizations. The remarks capped two days of meetings between President Hu and President Barack Obama, during which the leaders discussed a range of economic and diplomatic priorities. This was President Hu's only public policy address during his trip, and the first such visit in over a decade.
During the luncheon, President Hu highlighted the importance of the U.S.-China relationship and provided his perspective on economic ties between the two countries.
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke delivered welcome remarks at the event.
The US-China Business Council and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations are leading advocates for constructive and transparent ties between the United States and China. Prior to the luncheon, the presidents of the two lead co-host organizations spoke about the need for continued strong relations between the United States and China.
John Frisbie, President of the US-China Business Council (USCBC), stated, "Most simply, the visit by PRC President Hu is a reminder of the importance of the relationship – seen by many as the most important bilateral relationship for both sides in the 21st century.
"This is a relationship in transition, and this visit is an important part of navigating that transition," Frisbie continued. "The economic and commercial relationship grows more important year by year. Our two economies are greatly interdependent, and we have common interests in each others' economic success."
"The forty-one paragraph joint statement issued after President Obama's meeting with President Hu highlights just how deep, broad and complex the U.S.-China relationship has become," said Stephen A. Orlins, president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. "Our organizations last hosted President Hu four years ago and we look forward to hosting his successors at these important events in the years to come."
About the US-China Business Council
The US-China Business Council (USCBC) is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of roughly 220 American companies that do business with China. For nearly four decades, USCBC has provided unmatched information, advisory, advocacy, and program services to its membership. Through its offices in Washington, D.C.; Beijing; and Shanghai, USCBC is uniquely positioned to serve its members' interests in the United States and China.
About the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
The National Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States among citizens of both countries. The National Committee's continuity of experience and depth of associations with senior officials and distinguished citizens of China and the United States make it a unique national resource. The National Committee focuses its exchange, educational, and policy programs on international relations, economic development and management, governance and legal affairs, environmental and other global concerns, mass communication, and education administration – addressing these issues with respect to the People's Republic, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan.
SOURCE US-China Business Council; National Committee on United States-China Relations