Monday June 1, 2020

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
February 15, 2012

On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation cooperated with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the U.S.-China Business Council, and several other organizations to host a reception and luncheon in honor of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, which was attended by nearly 600 distinguished guests.

Xi Jinping was introduced by the Honorable Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State. Kissinger told the Vice President that he had arrived at a “crucial moment” with echoes of an earlier time, when he and former president Richard Nixon had traveled to Beijing on a historic trip that led to the normalization of Sino-U.S. relations.

Vice President Xi’s speech highlighted the positive course of U.S.-China relations and encouraged the formation of a strong China-U.S. cooperative partnership for the future. Xi described the mutual benefit the two countries had derived from building up strong ties, including increased bilateral investment in each other’s economies and more people-to-people exchanges. Xi said China also welcomed “a positive role” by the United States in the Asia Pacific region but hopes that, “at the same time, the United States will respect the interests and the concerns of China” in its own neighborhood.

Xi concluded his remarks on a more personal note, describing his own efforts while serving as governor of Fujian province to ensure that an American professor’s family could visit a part of Fujian that the professor had fond memories of from the time he had spent in China. Xi himself will be traveling to Iowa after Washington, D.C., to reconnect with the family he visited there in 1985.

The USCPF was honored to help welcome Vice President Xi to Washington, and wishes His Excellency Xi Jinping and his delegation much success on the rest of their visit to the U.S.