Remarks by Ambassador Cui Tiankai At the Welcome Luncheon for USCBC President Craig Allen
Thank you Ambassador Allen. I am so happy to be here and see so many old friends. Let me start by congratulating Ambassador Craig Allen for taking up this important post at the USCBC. Your outstanding, long-term work in Asia in general and for China-US relations in particular will be a great asset, not only for the USCBC, but for all of us. I look forward to working very closely with you. I also want to thank Mr. Greenberg for very thought-provoking and inspiring remarks just now. Thank you for the work done by the board of the USCBC under your leadership. Let me also thank all the USCBC staff, your devotion and commitment over the years has made this institution a great success. Without you, we would not have been here to celebrate. Thank you so much.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the USCBC, and we are also celebrating the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up. Very soon, next January, we'll commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. We have every reason to be proud of the achievements we have made over the decades. But now, again, we are at a critical historic crossroads. The choices we make today will have a long-term impact on our relationship and the well-being of our two peoples and even on the world. So that's why we say this bilateral relationship is the most important one in the world.
However, we seem to have met some difficulties at this critical moment. But I am still confident, if we can work together, if we can build up mutual confidence, we will be able to achieve our long-term goals, we will be able to build a stronger, more sustainable relationship for the future. In this regard, I would like to offer some very humble advice, not only to the USCBC, but maybe also to the business communities of both countries:
Firstly, believe in the fundamentals. The world needs a steady and strong China-US relationship. Our two peoples need such a relationship. There can no alternative, as an alternative would be rather terrible.