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SOS Hillary Clinton Meets with Chinese FM

January 5, 2011

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SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon. It’s once again a great pleasure for me to welcome the foreign minister. I’ve had the honor of working with him on a very regular basis ever since I became Secretary of State. We are preparing diligently for the upcoming state visit by President Hu Jintao. It’s very much anticipated and looked forward to. And both the minister and I feel a great sense of responsibility to ensure that it continues the positive, cooperative, comprehensive relationship between our two countries.

So again, Minster Yang, welcome.

FOREIGN MINISTER YANG: Thank you. Thank you, Madam Secretary, for your very warm remarks and very sincere remarks as well. And we would like to thank President Obama, thank Secretary Clinton, and thank all my American colleagues for working so hard with the Chinese side for the preparation of the state visit to be paid by President Hu Jintao to the United States later this month. This visit will occur against the ever-evolving international situation and it will happen during the first year of the second decade of this great new century and will happen on the 40th anniversary of the opening of China-U.S. relationship.

I think China-U.S. relationship is on the right track. We are confronted with common challenges and we are enjoying common opportunities. It is in the best interests of China and the United States and the world for us to continue to work better so that our relationship will bring more benefits to both our two peoples and to the people of the world.

I believe that the preparation is proceeding very well, and my job here is to do my little part for a successful visit. And I thank the American Government, particularly the President and Madam Secretary and Mr. Donilon for their warm hospitality, and let’s all work hard for an even more beautiful tomorrow of China-U.S. relationship.

Thank you, Madam Secretary.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Minister. Thank you all very much.

ps. Hey China, free Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    January 5, 2011 2:55 pm

    This is why I love this site- someone else would probably not have mentioned the injustice of Liu Xiaobo’s detention and in so doing, missed an important opportunity to send a message to the State Dept. (and thus Hillary) that their insistence on pretending China is any better than Cuba, Iran or Venezuela when it comes to human rights is TOTALLY disingenuous. Some might be too afraid of being too “critical” of the State Dept. under Hillary but you keep your principles intact and I respect that.

  2. discourseincsharpminor permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:25 pm

    I love your P.S.! That’s one of the many reasons this site rocks.

    • January 6, 2011 8:38 am

      Thanks! China’s human rights abuses, and our response to them, drive me nuts. We won’t talk to Cuba or Venezuela b/c of their human rights issues but we’ll roll out the red carpet for communist China, a regime that engages in cyber warfare against us, stifles all dissent and tortures political opponents and practitioners of Buddhism (or any other religion they deem a threat).

      • discourseincsharpminor permalink
        January 6, 2011 2:49 pm

        I’ve never understood their irrational fear of Buddhists.

        Our relationship with China is a twisted one for both parties. Yeah, we owe them a bunch of money, but our companies also employ tens of thousands of their people. Everyone talks about the pandemonium that would ensue if the asked us to pay them back, but if US companies suddenly left China (undoubtedly for some other country where workers have no rights) their economy would drop like a rock. They spy on us. We are close allies of some of their sworn enemies. Honestly, it reminds me a little of the Spy vs. Spy cartoons on Mad TV.

  3. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:47 pm

    Is his wife still under house arrest?

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