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China's new ambassador arrives in US

By MINLU ZHANG in New York | China Daily Global | Updated: 2023-05-24 09:40

Xie Feng (center), the new Chinese ambassador to the United States, waves to media upon his arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Tuesday. Liao Pan / For China Daily

Xie Feng, the new Chinese ambassador to the United States, arrived in New York on Tuesday, promising to safeguard the interests of China and enhance bilateral exchange.

"As a representative of the Chinese people, I have come here to safeguard the interests of China, and I take this as my sacred responsibility. As an envoy of the Chinese people, I have come here to enhance China-US exchanges and cooperation, and I take this as my important mission," Xie said to Chinese and foreign media at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Upon arrival, Xie was greeted by Xu Xueyuan, charge d'affaires of the Chinese embassy in Washington; Consul General in New York Huang Ping, and other Chinese diplomats in the US.

Xie is the 12th Chinese ambassador to the US. Prior to his ambassadorship, he was Chinese vice-foreign minister. His predecessor in Washington, Qin Gang, who is now state councilor and foreign minister, completed his tenure and returned to China in January.

"I am greatly honored to be appointed by President Xi Jinping as the 12th Chinese ambassador to the United States," Xie said.

"At present, the China-US relationship is faced with serious difficulties and challenges. My appointment means to me not only honor, but also enormous responsibilities. My colleagues and I will carry out our responsibilities and live up to our mission with diligence and fortitude," the ambassador said.

President Xi has put forward the three principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation, which represent the fundamental and right way for the two countries to get along with each other in the new era, Xie said.

"We hope that the United States will move in the same direction with China and act in the common interests of the two peoples and the world, properly handling important and sensitive issues, such as the Taiwan question in accordance with the principles in the three Sino-US joint communiques," he said.

Xi urged the United States to work with China to enhance dialogue, manage differences and promote cooperation, so as to bring China-US relations back to the right track, Xie said.

"It's been 13 years since I last worked in the United States. Over the past 13 years, the world has gone through great changes, and so has the United States," said Xie.

"During my posting, I look forward to engaging extensively with the American people from all walks of life, observing and hearing about the country at a close distance, and exploring ways to deepen exchanges and cooperation, he said.

"I also look forward to making friends with the media and people from other sectors. Let us work together to contribute to China-US relations with insights and actions and courage and grit."

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