Minister Xu Xueyuan Addressed the Opening Ceremony of "US China Policy Series: Forum on Agricultural Trade with China: Challenges and Opportunities in 2021 and Beyond"

On May 4, Minister Xu Xueyuan virtually attended the opening ceremony of the seminar on "US China Policy Series: Forum on Agricultural Trade with China - challenges and opportunities in 2021 and beyond", jointly organized by the US Asia Institute and the Sands Corporation, and delivered a speech. Minister Zhu Hong of the Economic and Commercial Affairs Section of the Embassy attended the panel discussion. Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech. Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright delivered a video speech. Over 300 people participated in the seminar, either in person or virtually, including Governor Laura Kelly of Kansas, Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry, Adrian Smith and Don Bacon of Nebraska, Congressman Darin LaHood of Illinois, who is also the co-chair of the US-China Working Group of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Kim Schrier of the State of Washington, officials of the Department of State, the Department of Agriculture and the Office of United States Trade Representative, as well as representatives of chambers of commerce, agricultural and animal husbandry industry associations in the United States and Midwestern states.

In her speech, Minister Xu focused on the current China-US relationship, stressing that it is at an important crossroads. She hoped that some people in the US will give up their prejudice and misunderstanding about the leadership of the Communist Party of China, face up to the fact that under the leadership of the CPC, the Chinese people have made great achievements in national development, and work in concerted efforts with China to properly manage challenges and seize opportunities, and uphold the spirit of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, to promote the healthy and stable development of China-US relations.

The US participants spoke highly of the importance of US-China relations and the special significance of US agricultural cooperation with China, and expressed their wishes for greater dialogue and cooperation with China.

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