Remarks by Ambassador Cui Tiankai at the China-US Dialogue and Screening of "Better Angels"
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good evening! It is a very great pleasure for me to be here with all of you, old and new friends, for the screening of "Better Angels". Let me thank the China General Chamber of Commerce-USA for organizing this event. And I want to pay tribute to all the people who have helped to produce this documentary. Your work will shed new light on the theme of today's dialogue: the path forward for China-US relations.
Many of us are now deeply concerned over some of the recent developments in China-US relations. Under such challenging circumstances, this relationship needs what Abraham Lincoln referred to as the touch "by the better angels of our nature".
But where can we find the better angels? They are right here with us. As you will see, featured in this documentary are not only world leaders who always hold political spotlight, or diplomats who fly across the world. Also highlighted in this documentary, or even more highlighted, are ordinary men and women:
A former US Marine soldier who teaches English and coaches American football in a Chinese school;
A Chinese abacus teacher working in the United States, helping American students with arithmetic;
And a Chinese entrepreneur who funded the Sino-US Friendship House in Muscatine, Iowa.