Secretary Clinton Celebrates Achievements of U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 12, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong at the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) with Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong on April 12, 2011. Secretary Clinton and Chinese State Councilor celebrated the achievements of U.S.-China People-to-People engagement over the past year. The Secretary said working for greater understanding and cooperating is in the best interest of our nations and our people.

Secretary Clinton said, "...We are very grateful that we now have this opportunity to enhance mutual understanding between the American and Chinese people by increasing direct ties between our people not in a time of war, but in a time of peace and hope. Last year's inaugural meeting of the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange was a very good start. And today, we have heard excellent reports from Minister Hao and Secretary McHale.

"We also have with us today a wonderful group of Americans and Chinese from the areas of culture, education, science and technology, sports, and women's issues. I don't know whether you and I will play ping-pong in public. That may be a bridge too far. But I do know that we will continue to support this important process. It is already achieving results. First, I am delighted by today's announcement that we will broaden one of our most successful exchange programs -- the U.S.-China Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Program has already brought more than 3,000 American and Chinese graduate students and scholars to study, teach, and research in one another's countries. And we will now enhance these exchanges to include master's degree students and community college faculties.

"More Americans are now studying in China than in any other foreign country. Our goal is to send 100,000 students to China over the next four years. And I am pleased to announce that the American private sector is showing increased support for the 100,000 Strong Initiative with new commitments from Goldman Sachs, Amway Corporation, and laureate international universities. And thank you so much, State Councilor, for your announcement of an additional 10,000 scholarships for Americans who wish to study in China. This is in addition to the 10,000 bridge scholarships that the Chinese Government offered last year, and we are very touched by this strong signal of support.

"We also celebrate last month's announcement that New York University will open a campus in Shanghai in 2013. And we have with us today the president of NYU, President John Sexton, if you would stand. It is President Sexton's vision to expand his university internationally while maintaining its reputation for excellence and academic freedom, and we're very excited about this endeavor which means so much to both of us.

"I'm also pleased that we have a very robust set of exchanges -- universities and dance companies, environmentalists and technology experts, ping pong players, video game developers -- all of these and many more have a role to play in helping to create more understanding between our two countries. As you said, State Councilor, both President Obama and President Hu believe deeply that helping people expand their personal, commercial, professional, philanthropic exchanges really does pay enormous benefits.

"And governments need to provide an open environment that can create those kinds of candid exchanges as we just saw in the video from our respective young people. We want to see robust, open exchanges, and to lay a firm foundation for cultural and educational understanding. We think that creating the environment in which people pursue their own dreams, hopes, and aspirations will lead to not only greater understanding, but increasing cooperation and partnership between our two countries.

"Now we've seen the results of these U.S.-Chinese people-to-people exchanges in many areas. We very much appreciate the support that our Friendship Volunteers have received from the Ministry of Education and the China Education Association for International Exchanges. We will, as Under Secretary McHale said, look forward to increasing our exchanges between our young researchers and scientists. And of course, because we both believe that progress on so many global issues is linked to progress on empowering girls and women, I'm particularly pleased that the state councilor and I have agreed to launch the new U.S.-China Women's Leadership Exchange and Dialogue. We're calling it Women-LEAD. I want to thank both Ambassador Melanne Verveer and the All-China Women's Federation's Vice President Meng Xiaosi for this initiative and their willingness to lead our efforts. We think it will help bring talented women together to tackle common problems and raise the visibility and opportunities of both women and girls.

"This relationship is one that both of our presidents have made a very important part of each of our nation's foreign policy in the 21st century. It is not only, however, our two governments that will shape the relationship. Leaders are on the stage for a period of time, but the people endure. And the people's relationships is what will give China-U.S. relationships a very strong foundation going into the future.

"We will not always agree. There is no doubt of that. I know of no two people -- I don't even know within a family -- that everyone agrees. But we believe strongly that working for greater understanding, finding new ways not only of communicating, but of cooperating, is in the best interest of our nations and our people. We think the more our people learn to cooperate and collaborate, the more that China and the United States will be able to find solutions to many global challenges. We both face climate change issues, weather changes, food security, environmental problems, educational issues, healthcare challenges, and we want to work to make sure we know the best solutions that can be applied everywhere. So I thank you so much, State Councilor. You understood this from the very beginning, you have championed it within your government. I am pleased that both of us are able to continue this work together and I am excited by what lies ahead.""The future is, as you said, in these young people, and I'm very optimistic about that future. I loved going to the Shanghai Expo, which was such a great accomplishment of China, and I loved seeing young Americans speaking Chinese to many of the Chinese visitors. I was very proud of our young Americans and I was delighted by the response that they were provoking with many Chinese people I think coming because it was such a novelty to have someone speaking to them in their own language, and it was also a lot of fun because a lot of the Chinese visitors were helping to correct and teach the Chinese language students. But it was so wonderful to see that person-to-person interaction.

"Sometimes governments get all tied up in problems, and people say, "I could solve that tomorrow." I think by letting people have more of an opportunity to listen and learn with each other, we in government will learn as well. So this not only a very exciting adventure, I think it holds tremendous promise for the relationship that we value so greatly. We were delighted by President Hu's successful visit in January. We are building on that, and we continue to look for even more ways to broaden and deepen our relationship, and people to people is the key."

You can read the Secretary's complete remarks here.

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palgye
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South Korea
April 15, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Conclusion is need

Help of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton USA

i agrees China`s Women is very clever and diligent....(China, connect with Russia in economy part? i bet on Russia`s population is increse,100 korea won)

Budget Deficit in 2012 than the presidential election is a bigger problem, the Tea-Party in the midterm elections on economic and social problems without a proper solution, as a way to appeal to voters' emotions is the case and
The putative Republican presidential candidate, people nationwide popularity yakhani, Donald J. Trump (www.trump.com) earned the fame and fortune he was going to be projected on them by the accumulation process, the election strategy, otto. Through the media, were going to choose someone expected, but real estate? maybe?

Is important to choose a policy that addresses the Budget Deficit think. Continued support for issues raised by the media, you lose the goal, consuming the larger political question, to think, I think people are weary of such debates.

Everybody knows that the story was here, I know, I wanted to say that,

In the U.S. Health-care (insurance) Reform of completing Why do not you? The White House and a strong commitment and legal issues work out will equal the State Department a nationwide approval rating (the Secretary of State nationwide polls with a case that in the future is nearly impossible to think. Presidential candidate as the approval rating a case of), and the silence and hard work The staff must feel that. In cooperation, to overcome this crisis, why do not you?

A good idea for large civil engineering works, if you think inflation, we would like to think that the day after the announcement.

If reform is successful, Ford T model will be a think. Anyone can buy, a generalized product gives a positive impact on the economy difficult to deny that anyone would be hard to believe.

To run the policy for many people to think that might be providing temporary job. And, lower health care costs for everyone can access, the new larger size and the amount and the United States because other countries have access to a particular technology hagieneun impossible to think that will be unique to the formation of the market. And, because the hospital costs a lot less people go bankrupt, Would not suggest new hope?

Medical and pharmaceutical cartel is considered to be outside the instrument. Overcome New Gap in medical part?

Poverty has made many people think. Than the old ...

For the renewable energy sector reform is thought to be continuing. Sun and Wind (biofuel), the problem about the question of efficiency, and now the car running at a speed of 400km, becoming the first development is thought still belongs to vehicles sold in the 40km.

Externally

12 +1?

Economic colonies overseas? I think we should build more.

Colonial economy, rather than to think that the national economic cooperation.

If a large investment in a foreign country, the shrinking of domestic jobs, unemployment is expected to increase the fly, which is about right and wrong to believe that story.

America's specialized services and new products using advanced technology, i-phone to provide such a new concept to create new products, competition should be the time to think. Although such a direction has already been in progress, Countries to create F-22 Raptors to lose market share in the automotive market, making the problem, I think the problem is internal. Rather than external influences, as well as working conditions, such as subsidies in the invisible part of the problem, even considering ...

Electric Car?

Create a more international market through their trading with the way Would not it more beneficial? If too much money in circulation, where investments in the economy because of the size and speed of development as a major threat in China until the next term, and that's not going to thought. Most of China's technology in the past relied on mass production, mass consumption countries think. Country of hard work, spending less, while

Now the Chinese people to try to consume ....?

(If the economy grows, people trying to live a human life, which precipitated a set of people to develop a logical cause of friction with the leaders and the pursuit of stable economic growth, rather than the time being is similar to the 3000 years ago or today I think.)

Libya again reminded of the problem. North Africa's political stability persists, many investors do not invest there, you think? After the establishment of democratic government .....

Geulinde short, long, so to speak,

Difficult.

Internally and externally, the new reforms will be responsible for the production and consumption by selected countries, through trade

Think about the economic problems that must be addressed.

palgye
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South Korea
April 15, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

And

The problem of Afghanistan and Pakistan

Should lead to economic independence, micro credit is the same where the people participate directly in a way Why do not you start? Nice large aid and support, delivery process, the safe money is on the hole and I like making something disappear and Kibutz .....?

I and my father died, the economy - that it is hard to think as much mentally. This article is the last hope. I can not afford. I .... Motjagetseupnida sleep. I only want to revenge ...

Thanks to the attention of the White House and State Department for the funeral ended safely, thank you to the story.

PS is under of secretary? "www.trump.com"....and give me a Burma (Pyidaungzu Myanma Naingngandaw/Union of Myanmar)

yes, i`m crazy man not woman.

i do my best...

yes, China is also in picture.

John
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Canada
April 13, 2011

John in Canada writes:

The mutual interests of both China and America cannot be served under the current economic conditions.

Evelyn
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Virginia, USA
April 14, 2011

Evelyn in Virginia writes:

Hong Kong (Under Chinese Rule) seams to be more democratic than China. I wonder why China does not rule Hong Kong more as a communist nation.

John
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Canada
April 14, 2011

John in Canada writes:

@ Evelyn -- It's all about the cash - China likes money. That's why they have so much US$ - Hong Kong provides good established financial paths worldwide.

Evelyn
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Virginia, USA
April 19, 2011

Evelyn in Virginia writes:

The British along with the international community helped build Hong Kong into a major financial hub. If not this help, I feel that Hong Kong would have lost ground in the 1990s due to lack of infrastructure. Please take a look at would the British and international community did before the British handed over Hong Kong to China. A lot of ingenuity and resources went into making Hong Kong what it is today. On another note, China's belief is based on a Confuscian ideology where they believe that communism is the best system to help their people. I feel the U.S. should start with this beleif system, and show China where the Confuscian system is the wrong belief system to hold their people under. I think this will be hard because before China became the present communist nation that it is, it was a democracy. When it was under a democracratic rule, wide spread corruption, and poor economic conditions are factors that caused the democracy to loose ground and eventually pushed the democrats to Taiwan.

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