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UPDATED: January 14, 2011 NO. 6 FEBRUARY 9, 1979
Vice Premier Deng Visits the United States

White House state dinner

At the dinner given in Washington by President and Mrs. Carter in honour of Vice Premier Deng and his wife Madame Zhuo Lin (XINHUA)

On the evening of January 29, President Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter gave a state dinner in honour of Vice Premier Deng and his wife Zhuo Lin.

President Carter Said: The New Relationship Between the United States and China Contributes to the Cause of Peace. In his toast at the dinner, President Carter said that Vice-Premier Deng's visit to the United States "is an important milestone in the development of friendly relations between the United States of America and the People's Republic of China."

"Today," President Carter said, "for the first time since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the Governments of the United States and the People's Republic of China have begun discussions at the highest level. Our discussions are fruitful and constructive because both of us are keenly aware that what we do now will establish precedents for future peaceful cooperation."

"We have not entered this new relationship for short-term gains. We have a long-term commitment to a world community of diverse and independent nations. We believe that a strong and secure China will play a co-operative part in that community. Our new relationship can particularly contribute to the peace and stability of the, Asia-Pacific region."

"In the past year," the President said, "over 120 delegations from the People's Republic of China have visited the United States, and an even greater number of American groups have gone to China. Exchanges have begun in the natural sciences, space, agriculture, medicine and other fields. Now, with the establishment of normal diplomatic ties, the exploratory nature of these exchanges can give way to a more valuable and permanent relationship. This will serve the interests of both our countries, and will serve the cause of peace."

"Your nation, like ours, has been created by the hard work of ordinary men and women. Despite our cultural, political, and economic differences, there is much for us to build on together."

"There are many hundreds of thousands of Americans of Chinese origin, and their contributions to our society have been even greater than their numbers would suggest. Our national life has been enriched by the work of Chinese-American architects, artists, and scientists-including three recent Nobel Prize winners." President Carter noted.

Vice Premier Deng Said: The Friendly Cooperation Between the Peoples of China and the United States Is a Powerful Factor in Defending World Peace. In his toast at the state dinner. Vice Premier Deng said that his arrival in the United States coincided with the Spring Festival in China. From time immemorial, he said, the Chinese people have celebrated this festival marking "the beginning of the annual cycle and rejuvenation of all things in nature." "Here, on this occasion, we share with our American friends present the feeling that a new era has begun in Sino-U.S. relations," the Vice Premier said.

"For thirty years, our two nations were estranged and opposed to each other. This abnormal state of affairs is over at last. At such a time we cherish, in particular, the memory of the late Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai who blazed the trail for the normalization of Sino-U.S. relations. Naturally, we think also of the efforts made by former President Nixon, former President Ford, Dr. Kissinger, many U.S. Senators and Congressmen, and friends in all walks of life. We think highly of the valuable contributions of President Carter, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Dr. Brzezinski to the ultimate normalization of our relations.

"Our two countries have different social systems and ideologies, but both Governments are aware that the interests of our peoples and of world peace require that we view our bilateral relations in the context of the overall international situation and with a long-term strategic perspective. This was the reason why the two sides easily reached agreement on normalization.

"Moreover, in the joint communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations our two sides solemnly committed themselves that neither should seek hegemony and each was opposed to efforts by any other country or group of countries to establish such hegemony. This commitment restrains ourselves and adds to our sense of responsibility for world peace and stability," the Vice Premier pointed out.

"We are confident that the amicable cooperation between the Chinese and American peoples is not only in the interests of our two countries' development," Vice Premier Deng said, "but will also become a strong factor working for the preservation of world peace and the promotion of human progress."

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