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Remarks by Consul General Li Qiangmin At the Closing Ceremony of World Forum on China Studies Conference



Remarks by Consul General Li Qiangmin

At the Closing Ceremony of World Forum on China Studies Conference

(Atlanta, May 7, 2015)



Dr. Justin Lin(林毅夫),

Mr. Douglas Paal(包道格),

Mr. Yawei Liu(刘亚伟),

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s been an honor and pleasure for me to attend this World Forum on China Studies here in the Carter Center. This is the very first time for this Forum to be hosted outside of China. Thanks to the joint efforts of the Carter Center, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and every speaker and participant, the Forum has been a great success!

During the past one and half days, a collection of over thirty eminent scholars, policymakers and thought leaders from China and the U.S, including Mr. Li Zhaoxing, China’s former Foreign Minister, presented and exchanged their views and ideas on a variety of topics. These topics are all important ones, as they are about the most important bilateral relations in the world, about the transformation of the world’s largest developing country.

This forum reflects the attention China attracts from the world. As China grows stronger, it is making more contributions to the world. In this process, China needs to know more about the world, and the world also needs to know more about China, especially modern China.

At a time when the vitally important China-U.S. relationship is evolving rapidly, there is a need for serious scholars and experts to envision how to put more positive energy to this development. The upcoming U.S. visit by President Xi Jinping’s in September is the No.1 agenda in our bilateral relations this year. It is our shared view that our two sides need to work together to ensure an encouraging atmosphere.

I wanted to point out that, a good China-U.S. relationship is vital to the success of both China and the U.S. Many people believe that the U.S. needs to re-examine some of its policies and practices that affects China’s interest, like the Re-balancing in Asia. I guess they got a reason in thinking that way.

Sure enough, this forum has been very productive in the study of China and China-U.S. relations. I understand that the discussions at this forum have led to many agreements, including the following:

Firstly, reform is the single most important subject for modern China. Three decades of reform and opening up has brought remarkable and profound changes to China, as everybody has observed. Yet, China is still a developing country and still has a long way to go to achieve modernization. More reform is needed. That’s why the 18th Party Congress laid out a blueprint for another round of comprehensive reform, which is being systematically implemented, step by step, item by item.

Secondly, China, although faced with many challenges, enjoys a bright future as it continues to reform. Under new circumstances, Chinese economy has shifted gear from the previous high speed to a medium-to-high speed growth, and is increasingly driven by innovation instead of input and investment. Continued reform will unleash great potentials of Chinese people and Chinese economy. China will achieve a more balanced and sustainable growth.

Thirdly, China’s reform benefits not only Chinese people, but also people of the whole world. China’s development enlarges the pie of the world economy, so that each one has a bigger share. A good example is the AIIB-Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank. This Chinese initiative attracted enthusiastic participation from around the international community, as it will benefit the world. By continued reform and development, China will bring more and greater opportunities to the world.

Fourthly, China prospers from reforms, so does China-U.S. relations. Last year when I met with President Carter in this room at an exhibition marking the 35th Anniversary of our diplomatic relations, he told me that no one had ever imagined how fast and comprehensive our bilateral relations have developed. Yes, that is very true. This relationship is co-evolving with the development of China. As China grows, so does China-U.S. relationship; so does our cooperation on issues that impact world peace, stability and prosperity. The more China develops, the better our relations will be.

Thank you. And once again, congratulations to each of you on the success of this conference!



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