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USCPF, AMB. CUI TIANKAI WELCOME AMB. LU SHUMIN

July 24, 2013


On July 24, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China held a dinner welcoming Ambassador Lu Shumin, Executive Vice President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), and members of his delegation during their visit to the U.S. The dinner took place at the PRC Embassy and was hosted by Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai. In addition to Amb. Lu Shumin and his delegation, the private dinner was attended by USCPF Board Members, representatives from USCPF corporate sponsors,  prominent DC-area China scholars, and representatives from the Chinese Embassy.

In his welcome remarks, Amb. Cui Tiankai expressed his hope that U.S.-China relations will continue to work on creating “new type great power relationship” as agreed upon by President Xi Jinping and President Obama at their “shirtsleeve summit” in California. Amb. Cui also praised the work of non-profits such as USCPF and CPIFA in promoting people-to-people diplomacy and mutual trust.

Amb. Lu Shumin agreed with Amb. Cui on the importance of creating a “new type great power relationship” between the U.S. and China, and he explained the role CPIFA has played in fostering people-to-people diplomacy over the years. Dr. Chi Wang, President of USCPF, thanked Amb. Lu and CPIFA for their hard work in helping advance U.S.-China relations. Dr. Wang also spoke about USCPF’s role in promoting people-to-people diplomacy and thanked the Chinese Embassy for their many years of support.

For many of the dinner guests, the event marked their first chance to engage in conversation with newly appointed Ambassador Cui Tiankai. Over dinner, guests asked Amb. Cui for his thoughts on the most pressing issues in U.S.-China relations, including the prospect of negotiations with the DPRK, the future of Sino-Japanese relations, and the role U.S. businesses can play in helping China’s economic transition.

In addition to welcoming Amb. Lu Shumin through a gathering of his old friends, the dinner conversation also served to further mutual understanding between the U.S. and China. USCPF would like to thank the Embassy of the PRC and especially Amb. Cui for hosting this event.