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NACA Celebrated 35th US-China Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations at the Carter Center

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NACA Celebrated 35th US-China Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations at the Carter Center, Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Consul General Li, and NACA Chair Lani Wong gave the speeches. 全美华人协会与卡特中心协办中美关系建交35周年纪念活动, 卡特总统、李强民总领事、华协主席李秀兰女士分别致词并回忆了1979年邓小平总理访问美国及亚特兰大的历史性时刻.

July 17, 2014, NACA co-sponsored a Chinese art exhibition at the Carter Center in celebrating the 35th US-China anniversary of diplomatic relations. Lani Wong, Chair of NACA, together with other NACA members joined the celebration.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter attended the event with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and gave a speech. President Carter highly commended the efforts made by Premier Deng Xiaoping of China to normalize U.S.-China relations. He said the bold decision made between two countries thirty-five years ago forever “changed the world, China, the United States, and every country on the earth.” He also emphasized that it is important for both countries to maintain partnership and friendship, and to resolve all differences in a mutually respective way.

Ambassador Qiangmin Li, Consul General of People’s Republic of China, Houston also spoke at the event. Consul General Li appreciated the commitment made by local Chinese-Americans to bridge two countries, and called for more efforts for a more positive and wholesome relationship between two countries.

Lani Wong joined the panel presentation and recalled the historical visit of Premiere Deng to the U.S. and Atlanta in 1979. She said the visit and policy change made by Premiere Deng ended China’s political and economic isolation, and “changed not only China’s relationship with the United States, but also the world.” Ms. Wong reminded the audience that the National Association of Chinese Americans was formed in 1977 with the sole purpose to push for the normalization of relations between the U.S. and China, and the Atlanta regional chapter was born one year after Premier Deng’s visit in 1979. Since then, NACA has kept its mission and proudly witnessed the growing cooperation between China and the United States on issues of local impacts and of global importance.

(By Hao Lu, NACA member)

全美华人协会参加卡特中心举办的中美关系建交35周年纪念活动

2014年7月17日,在北美华人协会的共同赞助下,亚特兰大卡特中心举办了中国书画展暨庆祝中美关系建交35周年纪念活动。全美华人协会主席李秀兰女士和众多协会会员参加了该活动。

前美国总统卡特先生携卡特夫人参加了该纪念活动并致词。卡特总统高度赞扬了邓小平总理在中美关系正常化上所做出的努力。他说,中美两国在35年以前所作出的决定永远改变了世界,改变了中国和美国,也改变了世界上所有的国家。他同时也强调了两国继续保持合作伙伴关系并以互相尊重的态度来解决分歧的重要性。

中国驻休士顿总领事李强民也出席了纪念活动并发表讲话。他高度赞扬了当地华人华侨对中美关系所作出的努力和起到桥梁的作用,并呼吁大家为了一个更加积极和健康的中美关系作出更大的努力。

全美华人协会主席李秀兰女士代表纪念活动致词并回忆了1979年邓小平总理访问美国及亚特兰大的历史性时刻。她表示邓小平总理的访问以及中国政策的变化不仅结束了中国政治和经济上的隔离,也给中美之间的关系带来了巨大的变化。李秀兰女士还回顾了当年全美华人协会成立的主要目的就是推动中美关系的正常化,而全美华人协会亚特兰大分会就是在邓小平主席访问美国的一年后诞生的。从那时起,全美华人协会就一直致力于中美之间的合作与交流,并见证了中美之间在国际事务上的合作以及在当地事务上的影响。

(供稿:卢浩,北美华人协会成员)

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