Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Beijing, China
As Delivered Remarks
Ambassador Rice: Well, thank you very much Mr. State Councilor for welcoming me and my delegation. It is good to be back in Beijing. And you have, as always, been warm and generous in extending your hospitality and kindness to all of us.
We are all very much looking forward to continuing the discussions throughout the day with you and your colleagues. And it is our aim to build on the success of our now very frequent, high-level interactions and our personal dialogue, most recently last time in June in Washington. We have had the opportunity, over many months, to engage on a number of occasions, as always, I find it very constructive.
We have seen our bilateral relationship evolve and strengthen in recent months. And, we have found areas of broadened and deepened cooperation that we are certainly looking forward to building upon. Just in the last year as you mentioned we have made good progress in such areas as climate change, to the exchange of students and tourists, to our military to military relationship, to cooperation on Ebola and many many other important areas of cooperation. At the same time, we have been able to discuss frankly our differences, which we both acknowledge need to be addressed effectively. And I look forward to this dialogue today as well as the visit of your president to Washington as a milestone in our opportunity to strengthen and deepen our cooperation and to work together to constructively manage differences.
President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama are very much looking forward to welcoming to Washington President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng for the State Visit next month. Our hard work together on these preparations I am confident will result in a visit that we both can look back on with satisfaction. Thank you very much.