On January 14, Chinese Consul General Gao Yanping attended the luncheon held by Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, Executive Director of George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Consul Cai Lian, Vice Consul Wang Rui of the Chinese Consulate General and Warren Finch, Director of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Dean of George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Randy Kluver, Executive Director of the Institute for Pacific Asia were present.
Ambassador Popadiuk welcomed Consul General Gao to visit George Bush Presidential Library again. He said, President George Bush attaches great importance to the China-U.S. relations. He believes that the China-U.S. relationship is the most important relationship in the world in next several decades. To strengthen exchanges and cooperation between the two countries is in the interest of the two countries and their peoples. Ambassador Popadiuk hopes the Chinese Consulate General in Houston can extend its assistance to the U.S. side in the successful holding of the fifth China-U.S. Relations Conference at George Bush Presidential Library in October, 2011. Exchanges and communications between the statesmen and think-tanks of the two sides will help to build up mutual strategic trust and better atmosphere for China-U.S. relations.
Consul General Gao briefed Ambassador Popadiuk about the upcoming state visit to the U.S. by President Hu Jintao and the visit to Texas by the Chinese trade and investment group. She stressed that a healthy and stable China-U.S. relationship is not only conducive to the two countries and their peoples, but also conducive to enhancing the world peace, stability and sustainable development. The Chinese side hopes to promote exchanges and cooperation in all fields with the U.S. counterparts on the basis of mutual respect, trust and benefit. The Chinese Consulate General in Houston is delighted to provide any possible assistance to the fifth China-U.S. Relations Conference and is committed to promote exchanges and cooperation in all areas such as government, academics, trade, education, culture, science and technology, etc.
Consul General Gao also exchanged views with Ambassador Popadiuk on other issues of common interest.