VP Biden, Pres. Xi Discuss Range of Issues
Vice President Joe Biden is in Beijing for official meetings with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and Vice President Li Yuanchao to advance the high-level engagement that is the hallmark of the U.S.-China relationship. (AP Photo)
Premier Li welcomed Vice President Biden at Zhongnanhai Compound, December 5. VP Biden said the U.S. and China have made great progress since establishing diplomatic ties 35 years ago, and the U.S. is committed to developing a new model of relations for the 21st century.ALSO: Story
Vice President Takes Part in Tea Ceremony
Vice President Biden, his granddaughter Finnegan, and Dylan Locke watch as Taotao formally prepares tea at a tea house on Guozijian St. in Beijing on Thursday, December 5. The Vice President and his party sampled both “blue tea” and “white tea.” (U.S. Embassy Photo/Zhang Tiange).
Vice President Biden Greets Visa Applicants
Vice Present Biden and Ambassador Gary Locke spoke to applicants waiting for visa interviews at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Wednesday, December 4. He thanked them all for wanting to come to the United States. (AP Photo)
Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong co-chaired the fourth annual U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in Washington on Nov. 21. The CPE aims to enhance and strengthen ties between the citizens of the United States and the People’s Republic of China in the areas of culture, education, science and technology, sports, and women’s issues.
Ultimately, America’s purpose is to establish a more stable security environment in Asia, an open and transparent economic environment, and a liberal political environment that respects the universal rights and freedoms of all.
AMBASSADOR LOCKE: Thank you very much Director General Zhao, for the introduction. It’s really a pleasure to be here among so many leading biotechnology companies, representatives of government and the wider biotechnology community to celebrate the hard work and cooperation to develop a stronger biotechnology environment, not just in China but indeed around the world.
The 13 Nobel Prize winners announced earlier this month include eight scientists whose work has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), a testament to the long-term value of basic research and the pivotal role NSF plays in fostering science discovery.
We recommend China: 1. End the use of harassment, detention, arrest, and extralegal measures such as enforced disappearance to control and silence human rights activists as well as their family members and friends; 2. Protect the rights of ethnic minority groups, including Tibetans, Uighurs, and Mongolians, in accordance with China’s Constitution and international human rights commitments; 3. Reform its administrative justice system, including by eliminating “reeducation through labor,” and ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. Please have a seat. Well, last night, I signed legislation to reopen our government and pay America’s bills. Because Democrats and responsible Republicans came together, the first government shutdown in 17 years is now over. The first default in more than 200 years will not happen. These twin threats to our economy have now been lifted. And I want to thank those Democrats and Republicans for getting together and ultimately getting this job done.
On September 3, 2013, Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office delivered a speech at the China Pharmaceutical University (CPU) in Nanjing, the capital of China’s Jiangsu Province.
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to extend our best wishes and congratulations to the people of China as you celebrate your National Day on October 1.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: Each year we come together to reaffirm the founding vision of this institution. For most of recorded history, individual aspirations were subject to the whims of tyrants and empires. Divisions of race and religion and tribe were settled through the sword and the clash of armies. The idea that nations and peoples could come together in peace to solve their disputes and advance a common prosperity seemed unimaginable.
It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us. They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad -- but today, they faced unimaginable violence that they wouldn't have expected here at home.
Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war. Over 100,000 people have been killed. Millions have fled the country.
Officials from the United States and China met September 9, 2013 in Beijing for the 14th annual Defense Consultative Talks. Dr. James N. Miller, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Lieutenant General Wang Guanzhong, Deputy Chief of the People’s Liberation Army General Staff, led their respective country’s delegations.
THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank the leaders of both parties for being here today to discuss what is a very serious issue facing the United States. And the fact that I've had a chance to speak to many of you, and Congress as a whole is taking this issue with the soberness and seriousness that it deserves, is greatly appreciated and I think vindicates the decision for us to present this issue to Congress.
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in Syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century. Yesterday the United States presented a powerful case that the Syrian government was responsible for this attack on its own people.
SECRETARY KERRY: President Obama has spent many days now consulting with Congress and talking with leaders around the world about the situation in Syria. And last night, the President asked all of us on his national security team to consult with the leaders of Congress as well, including the leadership of the Congressional national security committees.
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