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2019年10月15日 16:28:44来源:度中文

  • (Applause.) Thank you very much. And I’m so late you probably thought you weregoing to hear from the 48th Vice President of the ed States. (Laughter.) I apologize. I always, when I’mlate at home, always blame it on the President. But I can’t do that today, and I apologize for keeping you waiting. I remember 220 years ago, when Iwas in college, you only had to wait 10 minutes for a professor, 20 minutes fora full professor. The only fullprofessor in the Biden family is my wife -- you didn’t have to wait thislong. But thank you so much for givingme the opportunity to speak with you all.Let me begin by saying one thingabout competition. I’ve told this toVice President Xi and then President Xi, in all the time I had to spend withhim, is that one of the things that has happened in the last 20 years, as theworld has become more competitive, it’s awakened the competitive spirit in theed States. Competition is stampedinto our DNA. And if there’s anythingremotely approaching a level playing field, we’ll do just fine -- just fine.And so I want to thank theAmerican Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Business Council for inviting me heretoday. You are living the U.S.-Chinarelationship every single day, and you know the opportunities, but you alsoknow the obstacles. And it’s great to beback together one last time here in Beijing with our Ambassador, GaryLocke. I say one last time because he isgoing to be heading back to his home state of Washington after a verydistinguished career, which I don’t think is anywhere near ended, as bothgovernor, member of the Cabinet, as well as the Ambassador. And Gary and I were speaking thismorning as I was -- there was a telephone call, they said I’m requiredupstairs. And one of the things I likeabout Gary -- there’s no member of -- no governor or member of Cabinet that Ihave enjoyed working with more, because Gary speaks English. By that, I mean not English versus Chinese; Imean plain versus complicated. (Laughter.) And so when Gary speaks, everyone understandsexactly what he means. And as you know better than I,communication is the currency, and particularly the currency that is neededmost here in China. He’s been anAmbassador to the Chinese government, but also to the Chinese people, and hewill be missed. I remember, I was hereshortly after Gary arrived and every newspaper you’d pick, even though I don’t Chinese, I’d see Gary’s picture -- because he connected. He connected immediately with the Chinesepeople as a representative of our country and knowing -- the Chinese peopleknowing he was reaching out not just to the government, but to them.I had a chance since I’ve beenhere -- it’s been a very rapid visit, and it’s been 14-hour days, but veryuseful -- I had a chance to talk with Vice President Li, and I will spendseveral hours -- and I spent I guess almost four and a half hours withPresident Xi. And I’m honored that hewould give me the time to go into such detail, both in a private bilat with himas well as an expanded, as well as a lovely dinner he hosted for me and a fewof my colleagues. Later, I’ll be meetingwith Premier Li. And I want to talk to you aboutmuch of what -- some of what I’ve talked to all of them about and what Ibelieve to be are next steps in the U.S.-China relationship. We’re trying to build a new kindof relationship between major powers, one that’s different, one that is definedby constructive cooperation, healthy competition, and a shared respect for anagreed upon new set of rules of the road and international norms for the 21stcentury. After World II, our grandfathersand fathers and mothers put in place a structure that accommodated the economicchange that took place in the world and set up a new set of rules of the roadfor the remainder of the 20th century. We’re in a different place now. You all know it better than I do. We use the phrase in colloquial conversation in all our countries thatit’s a “global economy.” But it’s trulya global economy -- a global economy. My colleagues always kid me abouting Irish poets all the time. Theythink I do it because I’m Irish. I do itbecause they’re the best poets. (Laughter.) And William ButlerYeats wrote a poem called Easter Sunday 1916, about the first rising in Irelandin the 20th century. And he had a linein it that better describes, I would argue, the Pacific Basin in the year 2013than it did in his Ireland in 1916. Hesaid, “All is changed, changed utterly, a terrible beauty has been born.”We’re at a moment, a window, asthey say, of opportunity. How long itwill remain open remains to be seen -- where we can potentially establish a setof rules of the road that provide for mutual benefit and growth of both ourcountries and the region, that set down sort of the tracks for progress in the21st century. I think it is thatprofound. I think that’s the place, that’sthe inflection point we are at in our relationship now -- not only with Chinabut the entire region.And so the only path to realizingthis vision for the future is through tangible, practical cooperation andmanaging our differences effectively. We’venot tried this before. We’ve not triedthis before. This is going to bedifficult. But if we get it right, theoutcome for our children and grandchildren can be profound -- profoundlypositive.But to move this relationshipforward, there is no substitute for direct and personal engagement betweenleaders. President Xi pointed out to me,because I had an opportunity when he was vice president to spend someconsiderable time with him at the request of President Hu and then -- andPresident Obama. He made indirectreference to -- there was a famous American politician named Tip O’Neill, who Iadmired a great deal and was sort of a mentor when I was a young 29-year-oldsenator coming into Congress. And he’sfamous for having said all politics is local. Well, I believe all politics is personal, including internationalpolitics.201501/353641。
  • Good evening, everybody. Please have a seat. Have a seat. Well, welcome to the White House. Everybody looks fabulous. I am truly honored to be one of Michelle Obama’s guests tonight here at dinner. (Laughter.) I want to thank all the governors and their better halves for being here tonight, especially your chair, Mary Fallin, and your vice chair, John Hickenlooper. (Applause.) Tonight, we want to make sure that all of you make yourselves at home, to which I’m sure some of you are thinking that’s been the plan all along. (Laughter.) But keep in mind what a wise man once wrote: “I am more than contented to be governor and shall not care if I never hold another office.” Of course, that was Teddy Roosevelt. (Laughter.) So I guess plans change.I look forward to working with each of you not just in our meetings tomorrow, but throughout this year, what I hope to be a year of action. Our partnership on behalf of the American people, on issues ranging from education to health care to climate change runs deep, deeper than what usually hits the front page.Being here tonight, I’m thinking about moments that I’ve spent with so many of you during the course of the year -- with Governor Patrick in a hospital in Boston, seeing the survivors of the Boston bombing, seeing them fight through their wounds, determined to return to their families, but also realizing that a lot of lives were saved because of the preparations that federal and state and local officials had carried out beforehand; with Governor Fallin at a firehouse in Moore, thanking first responders who risked their lives to save others after a devastating tornado, but once again seeing the kind of state-federal cooperation that’s so vital in these kinds of circumstances; spending time with Governor O’Malley at the Naval Academy graduation last spring and looking out over some of our newest sailors and Marines as they join the greatest military in the world, and reminding ourselves that on national security issues, the contributions of the National Guard obviously are extraordinary and all of you work so closely with them.So if there’s one thing in common in the moments like these, it’s that our cooperation is vital to make sure that we’re doing right by the American people. And what’s common also is the incredible resilience and the goodness and the strength of the American people that we’re so privileged to serve. And that resilience has carried us from the depths of the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes to what I am convinced can be a breakthrough year for America and the American people.That of course will require that we collectively take action on what matters to them -- jobs and opportunity. And when we’ve got a Congress that sometimes seems to have a difficult time acting, I want to make sure that I have the opportunity to partner with each of you in any way that I can to help more Americans work and study and strive, and make sure that they see their efforts and their faith in this country rewarded.I know we’ll talk more about areas where we can work together tomorrow. So tonight, I simply would like to propose a toast to the families that support us, to the citizens that inspire us and to this exceptional country that has given us so much. Cheers. 201501/356595。
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