Deputy Secretary of State Blinken in Beijing, Tianjin
In addition to visiting the GreenGen Power Plant in Tanggu, Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with a variety of Chinese government officials and business leaders during his two day visit to China February 10 through 12. (Embassy Photo)
Ambassador Baucus and Ms. Melodee Hanes tour Jinghong Night Market during the Ambassador’s recent trip to Yunnan, where he also delivered remarks on U.S.-China cooperation during World War II, met government officials, toured the Elephant Valley Nature Preserve in Jinghong, and visited the Linden Centre.ALSO: Story
On January 20th, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union to a Joint Session of Congress. The President outlined his domestic and foreign policy priorities for his two remaining years in office. Read a synopsis of his foreign policy priorities (in Chinese) (AP Photo)ALSO: Story
Fulfilling our Human Rights Commitments: The United States’ Experience – A Conversation with U.S. State Department Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski
U.S. State Department Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski answered questions on Twitter at 8pm Beijing/7AM EST, Feb 13 about how the US fulfills its human rights commitments.
Thank you so very much Mr. Tian Jian. I deeply appreciate that introduction. I want to also thank the tour director who gave us a wonderful tour through the museum. Bai Hong and Yang Fuquan, Vice President of the Parochial Academy of Social Science who I just met, as well as Lu Tianyun, Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office up here at Kunming.
By J Michael Daniel, Amb. Robert Holleyman and Alex Niejelow We must work together on reliable cybersecurity. Cyber threats are becoming more diverse, sophisticated and dangerous. Over the past year, we have seen an exponential increase in the number of commercial data breaches and the theft of trade secrets. Malicious actors have proven increasingly willing to disrupt or destroy computers and networks through cyber attacks. And all of this is happening in an environment where we are connecting more and more things to the Internet, from thermostats to power plants.
Thanks, Steve, for that kind introduction. And thank you to the Beijing American Center for hosting me here today. This is a wonderful venue, and I’m pleased to be here. I am in China this week to speak to the public, academics, legal professionals, the media, Chinese government officials, and U.S. businesses about how the United States and China can work together to promote commercial rule of law.
Commander of USARPAC General Vincent K. Brooks visits Beijing and Haikou to meet with key Chinese PLA leaders and observe US/China military exchange
The commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific spent several days in China during his visit to the region last week to meet with key People’s Liberation Army leaders, visit the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and observe a U.S.-Chinese military exchange.
U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Max Baucus, traveled to the cities of Taiyuan and Yangquan in northern China’s Shanxi Province from January 13 – 14, 2015, to highlight U.S.-China cooperation, especially in the area of clean energy and climate change.
From many faiths and diverse beliefs, Americans are united by the ideals we cherish. Our shared values define who we are as a people and what we stand for as a Nation. With abiding resolve, generations of patriots have fought — through great conflict and fierce debate — to secure and defend these freedoms, irrevocably weaving them deep into the fabric of our society. Today, we celebrate an early milestone in the long history of one of our country's fundamental liberties.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and writer Liu Xiaobo today spends the fifth anniversary of his conviction for “inciting subversion” in prison, serving out an 11-year sentence. The United States remains deeply concerned that China continues to incarcerate Liu Xiaobo and hold his wife, Liu Xia, in extralegal house arrest. Liu Xiaobo is a courageous and eloquent spokesperson recognized throughout the world for his long and non-violent advocacy for human rights and democracy in China. We reiterate our call on China to release Liu Xiaobo and to remove all restrictions on Liu Xia.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman hosted a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Wang Yang for the 25th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which took place in Chicago. At the conclusion of the discussions, the United States announced key outcomes in the areas of agricultural market access, intellectual property rights protection, innovation policies, and competition law enforcement. Through sustained engagement over the course of this past year, the United States and China have reached agreement in several areas of key importance to U.S. farmers, innovators, manufacturers and workers.
AMBASSADOR BAUCUS: Thank you Hanscom very much for that very kind introduction. Before I go any further, I’d just like to say that Hanscom Smith is one of our best Consul Generals, not just in China but around the world. I’m a big fan of Hanscom Smith. Let’s give a big round of applause to Hanscom. Thanks as well to Ken Jarett. I’m getting to know Ken better all the time. There’s nothing like four visits to Shanghai to get to know Ken Jarett a little better. He’s a great guy. As well as Bob Theleen, I’m a big admirer of Bob Theleen too, and for their joint leadership in the Shanghai Chamber of Commerce.
Let me just give you a sense of where I think our economy currently is, what’s happening around the world and where I think it should be, and the chances for us here in Washington to accelerate rather than impede some of the progress that we've made. Around this time six years ago, America’s businesses were shedding about 800,000 jobs per month. Today, our businesses, including some of the most important businesses in the world that are represented here today, have created over 10.6 million new jobs; 56 months of uninterrupted job growth, which is the longest private sector job growth in our history. We just saw the best six-month period of economic growth in over a decade. For the first time in six years, the unemployment rate is under 6 percent.
Today we celebrate International Human Rights Day and commemorate the 66th anniversary of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the United States, we use this day to reflect on the importance of human rights, as outlined in the Universal Declaration. We Americans know from our own national experience that promoting justice and respect for human dignity is difficult, never-ending work. We have made progress. More must be done.
Today’s hearing is timely given the debate taking place in Hong Kong over electoral reforms and the implementation of universal suffrage for the 2017 selection of Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive. I welcome this opportunity to share with the Committee the Administration’s views and response to political developments in Hong Kong, particularly with regard to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s (NPCSC) August 31 decision and the Hong Kong Government’s response to the protests. I would also like to touch on the importance of our relationship with Hong Kong under the “One Country, Two Systems” framework.
Thank you very much, Dean Yan. That was very generous, your introduction. It’s wonderful to be here at Tsinghua University. This is a wonderful room here. I wish I had such a wonderful lecture hall when I went to college. This is very nice. I’m very envious of all of you.
World AIDS Day is an important opportunity for people around the world to renew our commitment to the global fight against HIV and to achieving an AIDS-free generation. For more than a decade, the United States and China have worked together on public health initiatives and research to prevent, treat and control HIV.
Ambassador Max Baucus and his wife Melodee
Hanes, recorded a short family message at home and featuring images from his
China travels, wishing everyone a Happy New Year in the Year of the Sheep.
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