Congratulations to the People’s Republic of China on the 60th anniversary of its founding. In the last 30 years, China has undergone an extraordinary economic transformation, lifting millions of people out of poverty. This is truly an extraordinary and historic accomplishment.
We are also pleased that this year marks the 30th anniversary of U.S.-PRC diplomatic relations. As President Obama said, history has shown that our two countries benefit from engagement that is grounded in mutual interest and respect. I am pleased that today we are working hard to build the kind of positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship that reflects the deepening ties between our people and that will allow us to realize the common interests of our two nations.
I look forward to working with you in the years ahead as you begin the next 60 years of your historic journey as a nation.