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24-07-09, 14:03
Seeking common ground with and positive contribution from China
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2009-07-24 12:00


U.S. President Barak Obama's nominee for Ambassador to China, currently Governor of Utah Jon Hunstman Jr., told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday that he seeks to engage China to maximize cooperation in pursuit of common interest, while working to reduce differences.

"We have reached a point in history where a positive contribution from China can substantially improve our chances to address some of the world's most pressing problems," Huntsman said in his opening statement.

He listed five areas of priorities to work with China if confirmed, including world economic recovery, Northeast Asia security, and clean energy issues.

When commenting on areas where the United States and China don't always see eye to eye, including China's military budget, human rights issues, or the value of the Chinese currency, the Renminbi, Huntsman stresses engagement and cooperation instead of confrontation. "We hope to work increasingly and candidly with China on issues in which we share a common interest," he said.

Branding himself as a "hard-headed realist," Huntsman told Senators that although challenges remain in U.S.-China relations, engagement is the best policy when it comes to a "complex and important country" like China.

At the beginning of the confirmation hearing, Huntsman was introduced to the Senate panel by Arizona Senator John McCain, for whom Huntsman served as a co-chairman of his presidential campaign in 2008.

Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett, both heavy-weights in the Senate, also gave their full support to Huntsman at the hearing.

Huntsman is very familiar with Chinese culture and is said to speak a few different Chinese dialects. Previously, he has served as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for East Asia and Deputy United States Trade Representative.

His experience in trade and economic issues is particularly important against a backdrop of global financial crisis, which gave trade and economic relations between the U.S. and China heightened significance.

Huntsman's father, Jon M Huntsman, whose multi-billion dollar company Huntsman Corporation has several offices in China, his wife Mary Kaye, and his daughter Gracie Mei, whom he adopted from China, were at the hearing.

24-07-09, 14:09
By Joan Lowy

Associated Press - Posted on Fri, Jul. 24, 2009

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