U.S. Sports Envoys attend Youth Olympics in Nanjing
The U.S. Department of State and National Basketball Association sent Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Doug Overton as Sports Envoys to China. While here, they cheered on U.S. participants at the Nanjing Youth Olympics! U.S. Mission China congratulates all of the athletes!
Ambassador Baucus Visits Qufu
Ambassador Max Baucus and his wife Mel visited Qufu, birthplace of the world renowned sage Confucius, on Wednesday, August 13. Laying flowers at Confucius’s grave provided the Ambassador and his wife a moment to reflect on the influence Confucius has had not only on Chinese culture, but for the entire world as well. (Embassy Photograph)
Ambassador Baucus Addresses CPIFA Dinner
On August 11, Ambassador Max Baucus addressed guests at a dinner commemorating forty years of cooperation between the U.S. Congress and the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.(CPIFA photo)
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.
Message from First Lady Michelle Obama to the United States-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange
Good Morning. I am pleased to send my warmest greetings to all those gathered at the opening of the fifth round of the United States-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in Beijing, China. I would like to send my thanks to President Xi Jinping, Vice Premier Liu Yandong, and the entire Chinese delegation for hosting the United States’ delegation this year.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of official diplomatic relations between the United States and China. We have made remarkable progress since the era of back-channel messaging and secret trips. The scope of today’s U.S.-China relationship was unimaginable when President Nixon made his historic visit in 1972 to China. Yet there is still enormous potential for progress in the U.S.-China relationship.
“Talking to my friends in the business community is one of the greatest pleasures of my job as Ambassador. Thank you for all that you do on behalf of American business and to deepen U.S.-China relations.”
Secretary Kerry: “We each have a responsibility to make this horrific and all-too-common crime a lot less common. And our work with victims is the key that will open the door to real change—not just on behalf of the more than 44,000 survivors who have been identified in the past year, but also for the more than 20 million victims of trafficking who have not.”
The Department of State joins the world in celebrating LGBT Pride Month and reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of the human rights of LGBT persons around the globe. In the United States, we have made marked progress in tearing down the unjust and unfair barriers that have prevented the full realization of the human rights of LGBT persons. We know there is more to do, but here, the arc of history is bending towards justice.
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