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CONGRESSWOMAN CHU OPTIMISTIC AFTER LUNCHEON FOR CHINESE VP

February 14, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Chu joined public and private sector leaders from across the country to welcome Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping at a luncheon held by the Department of State.  Speakers at the event, including Vice President Biden and Vice President Xi, directly addressed topics such as currency manipulation, trade deficits and human rights. 

“The mutual honor and respect on display today shows how important the U.S.-China relationship is to both nations,” said Congresswoman Chu.  “Substantive issues were addressed respectfully, and I think everyone involved would consider today to be a success.”

Vice President Xi’s visit comes just one week after a political ad intentionally mischaracterized the relationship between the U.S. and China.  While the ad was intended for the political gain of one candidate, Congresswoman Chu noted that such ads raise concerns for all Americans.

“What’s important to know is ads like that undercut our ability to carry on diplomatic relations,” said Congresswoman Chu.  “It’s hard to negotiate with countries like China when they know we’re kicking them around in our political discourse.  There are productive ways of addressing our differences, and there are ways that can only be described as destructive.  That ad was destructive.  Today’s luncheon was a perfect example of positively addressing those challenges, and it leaves me optimistic that the relationship between the U.S. and China will only grow stronger.”