Ambassador Meets with Xinjiang Secretary
Ambassador Baucus met Xinjiang Party Secretary Zhang Chunxian in Urumqi on September 17 to promote trade and discuss local conditions. (photo: U.S. Embassy)
Ambassador Meets Uighur Musicians
Ambassador Max Baucus, continuing his travels to meet with people throughout China, attended a performance of traditional Uighur music by artists at the Mukam Cultural Center in Urumqi on September 16. (Photo: U.S. Embassy)
National Security Advisor Rice in Beijing
On September 8, Susan Rice met with State Councilor Yang Jiechi at Diayutai State Guesthouse. Ambassador Rice is in China for meetings with senior Chinese officials to consult on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Around the globe, there are signposts of progress. The shadow of World War that existed at the founding of this institution has been lifted, and the prospect of war between major powers reduced. The ranks of member states has more than tripled, and more people live under governments they elected. Hundreds of millions of human beings have been freed from the prison of poverty, with the proportion of those living in extreme poverty cut in half. And the world economy continues to strengthen after the worst financial crisis of our lives.
The United States is deeply disturbed that Ilham Tohti has been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Peaceful dissent is not a crime. This harsh sentence appears to be retribution for Professor Tohti’s peaceful efforts to promote human rights for China’s ethnic Uighur citizens.
The United States is deeply concerned by today’s sentencing of prominent Uighur Ilham Tohti to life imprisonment on charges of separatism. He is a respected professor who has long championed efforts to bridge differences between Uighurs and Han Chinese. We believe that civil society leaders like Ilham Tohti play a vital role in reducing the sources of inter-ethnic tension in China, and should not be persecuted for peacefully expressing their views.
THE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow leaders: For all the immediate challenges that we gather to address this week -- terrorism, instability, inequality, disease -- there’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate.
As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.
IN a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force.
First of all, we continue to make progress in carrying out our targeted military operations in Iraq. Last week, I authorized two limited missions: protecting our people and facilities inside of Iraq, and a humanitarian operation to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians stranded on a mountain.
Ambassador Max Baucus Brief Remarks to the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies (ACT-NET)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman for your kind introduction. And thank you all for being here today. It is an honor to address the distinguished APEC delegates and guests. On behalf of President Obama and Secretary Kerry, I want to thank Vice Minister FU and the Chinese government for their warm hospitality. We appreciate your focus on combatting international corruption and bribery.
Secretary Kerry:Completing the TPP negotiations, creating sustainable growth, powering a clean energy revolution, managing regional rivalries by promoting cooperation, and empowering people from all walks of life – that’s how we’re going to realize the promise of the Asia Pacific. And this is a region whose countries can and should come together, because there is much more that unites us than divides us. This is a region that can and should meet danger and difficulty with courage and collaboration. And we are determined to deliver on the strategic and historic opportunities that we can create together.
My wife Melodee and I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to the people of China who lost their loved ones, whose homes and businesses were destroyed, or who were affected in other ways by the August 3 earthquake. We are praying for you in these trying times, and the United States stands ready to assist in any way that we can.
The United States offers sincere condolences to all those who lost loved ones in the August 3 earthquake in southwestern China. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those that lost their lives, those injured or displaced, and all the people of China on this difficult day. U.S. disaster response officials are in contact with their Chinese counterparts. The United States stands ready to assist.
The constitution states citizens enjoy “freedom of religious belief” but limits protections for religious practice to “normal religious activities.” The government applies this term in a manner that is not consistent with China’s international human rights commitments with regard to freedom of religion. In practice, the government restricted religious freedom.
At the Sixth Round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) July 9-10, 2014, in Beijing, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, special representative of President Xi Jinping, and Secretary of State John Kerry, special representative of President Barack Obama, chaired the Strategic Track, which included participation from senior officials from across both governments. The two sides reviewed the successful implementation of the Strategic Track role in deepening outcomes of the Fifth Round of the S&ED, held in-depth discussions on major bilateral, regional, and global issues, and recommitted to the S&ED’s strategic trust, expanding practical cooperation, and constructively managing differences to build a new model of relations between the United States and China.
SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you very much. Good afternoon, everybody. I’m very pleased to join Vice Premier Wang and State Councilor Yang as we celebrate 35 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and China. I want to thank both of you for your partnership and your seriousness of purpose that you brought to the discussions over the past two days. I think it’s been constructive and has advanced the dialogue between our countries.
It is an honor to greet the American and Chinese delegations to the sixth round of the United States-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). I want to thank President Xi, Vice Premier Wang, State Councilor Yang, and the entire Chinese delegation for hosting this year’s S&ED and for their warm reception of the American delegation.
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