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U.S. Envoys to China Optimistic about Bilateral Ties in Obama Era
U.S. Envoys to China Optimistic about Bilateral Ties in Obama Era


Clark Randt (R), U.S. ambassador to China, speaks during a reception marking the 30th anniversary of China-U.S. diplomatic relations in Beijing Jan. 11, 2009. During the reception held by the U.S. embassy in China on Sunday, four U.S. ambassadors eyed a continued China policy under the Obama administration.

BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Four U.S. ambassadors in Beijing on Sunday eyed a continued China policy under the Obama administration.

"I am optimistic that U.S-China ties will continue to improve and remain steady in the years ahead. In fact, they are getting better," former U.S. ambassador to China James Sasser told reporters on the sidelines of a reception marking the 30th anniversary of China-U.S. diplomatic relations.

Sasser was one of about 200 personages from the two countries attending Sunday's reception, held in the U.S. new embassy in Beijing.

Sasser, who served as ambassador from 1996 to 1999, said he didn't see "significant tensions" in current bilateral relations and believed there would be more improvements in the years ahead. Echoing Sasser's view, another former U.S. ambassador to Beijing Winston Lord said, "Overall, the American policy with China will remain essentially the same under the Obama administration."

 
James Sasser (R), former U.S. ambassador to China, speaks to reporters during a reception marking the 30th anniversary of China-U.S. diplomatic relations in Beijing Jan. 11, 2009. During the reception held by the U.S. embassy in China on Sunday, four U.S. ambassadors eyed a continued China policy under the Obama administration.


"If you look at what Obama has been saying about U.S.-China relations, look at what type of people he has been appointing to key foreign policy positions, these suggest great continuity," said Lord, who was one-time aide to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and part of the U.S. delegation during Richard Nixon's ground-breaking visit to China in 1972.

"We had 7 presidents since President Nixon, both democratics and republicans. All of them have pursued essentially the same policy with respect to China," said Lord, who served as ambassador to China between 1985and 1989. "It doesn't mean we won't have problems. But I think interests are much bigger than our problems," he said.

Stapleton Roy, who served as ambassador in Beijing from 1991 to 1996, said the Obama administration would continue to cooperate with China. "There are so many issues the two countries have to deal with in the world. They have to work together." Looking to the future, Roy said the most serious issue the two countries have to deal with is the economic crisis. He called for the two countries to work more closely and take concerted actions.

As the world gets more complicated, Randt said interdependence and complementariness between the two countries would become even more important and the relationship would continue to get better.
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