|Li Haifeng (R), director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, meets on July 6 with former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao in Beijing.|
Li Haifeng, director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, met on July 6 with former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao and her father, Chairman of Foremost Group James S. C. Chao in Beijing.
Li Haifeng commended Elaine on being the pride of overseas Chinese and expressed her gratitude for Elaine's efforts to promote Sino-U.S. exchanges and cooperation.
The main responsibilities of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office are to provide services to Chinese people around the world, support their long-term residence and development, and enhance China's friendship with foreign countries, Li said. Chao should take every opportunity to make more visits to China in future, and further improve Sino-US relationships, she added.
Chao expressed her thanks for Li's hospitality and her feelings about the tremendous changes China has been through during the past 30 years. She recalled coming to Beijing for the first time in 1979 and spoke of her intense pride as an overseas Chinese, at the amazing extent to which it has developed. "The American and Chinese cultures have many differences, which is why it is important for us to enhance communication and mutual understanding," Chao said.
Chao was in Beijing to attend the Global Think Tank Summit, which opened on July 2 to discuss remedies for the global financial crisis and the future development of the world economy.
(Source: chinanews.com.cn / Translated by womenofchina.cn)
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