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New Chinese embassy building unveiled in US
Updated: 2008-07-30 18:48

During their greetings to the newly-inaugurated embassy, US government officials including Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Trade Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Labor Secretary Elaine Lan Chao and Deputy State Secretary John D. Negroponte all hailed the development of US-China relations with a strong momentum and committed to expanding cooperation and exchange with China in various fields.

"The move from the previous building to this impressive new complex is emblematic of China's growing presence on the world stage," Chao said, adding that she was looking forward to attending the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games as a member of the presidential delegation.

With a total of 10,760 square meters, the new embassy is located within the International Center in the US capital.

The new building's overall design is derived from a contemporary interpretation of traditional Chinese architectural planning principles.

The project, which has taken hundreds of Chinese construction workers more than three years, will become one of the largest foreign embassies in Washington DC after it is completed.

"I believe this building is very important for China not only architecturally but also symbolically," said Pei, the architect.

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