Hu wraps up US visit with Yale speech
Updated: 2006-04-21 00:17
Values of Chinese civilization
Highlighting such values as social harmony and peaceful
development, Hu expounded on Chinese civilization during his Yale speech.
"The Chinese civilization has always given prominence to social harmony,
unity and mutual assistance," Hu said.
Chinese President Hu
Jintao (2nd left) shows Yale University students some of the gifts of
Chinese books to the University as Yale University President Richard C.
Levin (L) watches in New Haven, Connecticut, April 21, 2006.
The Chinese people takes the
maintenance of ethnic unity and harmony as their bounden duty and the defense of
the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity as a sacred mission, Hu
said, warning that "any act that undermines China's ethnic harmony and national
unity will meet their strong opposition and resistance."
The love for
peace and good neighborliness, according to the president, are also traditional
values of the Chinese civilization.
"China holds high the banner of
peace, development and cooperation. It pursues an independent foreign policy of
peace and commits itself firmly to peaceful development," said Hu.
said China seeks to accelerate its development by upholding world peace.
Explaining traditions of the civilization, President Hu also mentioned such
values as putting people first and seeking self-improvement.
pursuing today a people-oriented approach toward development," Hu said, adding
that the Chinese nation has grown after surviving numerous setbacks and
adversity thanks to the spirits of self-improvement, reform and innovation.
Closer cooperation needed
Hu Jintao urged both
China and the United States to promote their cooperation, saying their "closer
cooperation serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and the
Hu said China and the United States are both countries of
vast territory where many ethnic groups co-exist and different cultures
"Due to different historical backgrounds and national
conditions, there are differences between China and the U.S.. But this enables
us to learn from each other and draw on each other's strength," he said.
The Chinese president said closer cooperation between the two countries
"is also of far-reaching significance for peace and development of the whole
He said the world has continued to undergo profound changes
after entering the 21st century. "Peace and development remain the calling of
our times," while factors causing instability and uncertainty are increasing and
new challenges and threats are looming, he said.
"Against this backdrop,
the common interests between our two countries are increasing and the areas of
our cooperation widening," he told the audience, noting that the global peace
and security now face new challenges such as fighting international terrorism,
preventing the environment and human habitat and combating transnational crimes.
He said it is exactly in these fields that China and the United States
share important strategic interests.
"China has a huge market and its
development has generated strong demand, while the United States has advanced
technology and high quality products. This has created enormous opportunities
for economic and technical cooperation between our two countries," he said.
"When we focused on the overall interest of China-U.S. relations,
respect and show understanding to each other, I am confident that our relations
will move ahead in a healthy and steady manner and contribute to the well-being
of our two peoples and bring greater hope to people around the world," said the
Chinese president who arrived the Yale campus for a brief visit on Friday
morning from Washington.
Talking about culture and civilization in the
world, Hu said all civilization in human history have contributed to human
progress in their own unique way.
"Culture diversity is a basic feature
of both human society and today's world and an important driving force for human
progress," he said.
"Differences in ideology, social system and
development model should not stand in the way of exchanges among civilization,
still less should they become excuses for mutual confrontation.
should uphold the diversity of the world, enhance dialogue and interaction
between civilization, and draw on each other's strength instead of practicing
mutual exclusion," he stated.
Talking about Yale, the Chinese president said his host is a forerunner in
conducting China-U.S. educational exchanges and provides an important platform
for cultural exchange between China and the United States.
culture and education and among young people serve as a bridge for increasing
mutual understanding between our two peoples," he said.