On June 22 local time, Vice Premier Liu Yandong met in Washington D.C. with the first batch of US youth representatives of “Zhi-Xing China” program.
Liu said "the two presidents (Xi and Obama) have reached the important agreement to work together to build a new model of major country relationship. What we want to do is to break the historical premise that an emerging country and an established power will eventually end up in confrontation. ""What we want to do is to find a new pathway to a new model of relationship between win-win respect and win-win cooperation," she said.
It is hoped that the US youth friends will visit China more often, to know China in history, in reality and in opening-up and reform, so as to make their own efforts to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese and the US youths as well as push for better cooperation between the two countries.
Initiated by the China Association for International Education Exchange with the Eisenhower Fellowships and sponsored by the Perfect World Group, Zhi-Xing is a funded four-week professional and leadership development program that takes ascendant American leaders to China.
"In today's interconnected globalized world, we need to create greater understanding of one another's countries and cultures by meeting face to face and establishing meaningful contact," said George de Lama said, president of the Eisenhower Fellowships. "The Zhi-Xing program is an opportunity to do this."
"We share common goals in that we want to better understand the Chinese culture, and build strong and lasting relationships that are built on mutual trust. In my fellowship I plan to meet with university, government, and business leaders, to explore areas of cross-border investment, including industries such as energy, communication, and e-commerce," said James Froedge, 2015 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellow and vice- president of Acquisition Planning & Development at Emerson Electric.
"On a personal level, I'm incredibly interested in learning from the Chinese education system, the impressive advances that have been made in recent years and the innovation that's happening across the country," said Sandra Licon, 2015 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellow and senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Zhi-Xing initiative was the result of the fifth round of US-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchanges (CPE) last year.