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  • President Delivers State of the Union

    President Delivers State of the Union

    On January 20th, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union to a Joint Session of Congress. The President outlined his domestic and foreign policy priorities for his two remaining years in office. Read a synopsis of his foreign policy priorities (AP Photo)

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  • Amb. Baucus Visits Harbin

    Amb. Baucus Visits Harbin

    Ambassador Max Baucus and Melodee Hanes visited the Ice Festival in Harbin this week. The Ambassador also met with provincial and city officials, as well as touring an American factory in Harbin. (Embassy Photo)

  • Ambassador Baucus on Longer Visa Validity

    Ambassador Baucus on Longer Visa Validity

    On November 18, Ambassador Baucus announced the number of Chinese students in the U.S. has once again set a new record! He hopes that the newly announced longer-validity visas will encourage even more exchanges among American and Chinese students.

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  • Consulate Community Engages in Volunteerism

    Consulate Community Engages in Volunteerism

    On 9/11, America’s National Day of Service and Remembrance, Consulate staff participated in community service events, such as cleaning local parks and the social service center pictured above.

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  • Commander of USARPAC General Vincent K. Brooks visits Beijing and Haikou to meet with key Chinese PLA leaders and observe US/China military exchange

    The commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific spent several days in China during his visit to the region last week to meet with key People’s Liberation Army leaders, visit the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and observe a U.S.-Chinese military exchange.  

  • Obama Proclamation on Religious Freedom Day 2015

    In proclaiming Religious Freedom Day 2015, President Obama says promoting religious freedom has always been a key objective of his administration’s foreign policy. 

  • Kerry on 5th Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Conviction

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate and writer Liu Xiaobo today spends the fifth anniversary of his conviction for “inciting subversion” in prison, serving out an 11-year sentence. The United States remains deeply concerned that China continues to incarcerate Liu Xiaobo and hold his wife, Liu Xia, in extralegal house arrest. Liu Xiaobo is a courageous and eloquent spokesperson recognized throughout the world for his long and non-violent advocacy for human rights and democracy in China. We reiterate our call on China to release Liu Xiaobo and to remove all restrictions on Liu Xia.  

  • 25th U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Concludes with Key Outcomes

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman hosted a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Wang Yang for the 25th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which took place in Chicago. At the conclusion of the discussions, the United States announced key outcomes in the areas of agricultural market access, intellectual property rights protection, innovation policies, and competition law enforcement. Through sustained engagement over the course of this past year, the United States and China have reached agreement in several areas of key importance to U.S. farmers, innovators, manufacturers and workers. 

  • Remarks by the President at the Business Round Roundtable

    Let me just give you a sense of where I think our economy currently is, what’s happening around the world and where I think it should be, and the chances for us here in Washington to accelerate rather than impede some of the progress that we've made. Around this time six years ago, America’s businesses were shedding about 800,000 jobs per month. Today, our businesses, including some of the most important businesses in the world that are represented here today, have created over 10.6 million new jobs; 56 months of uninterrupted job growth, which is the longest private sector job growth in our history. We just saw the best six-month period of economic growth in over a decade. For the first time in six years, the unemployment rate is under 6 percent.  

  • Human Rights Day Statement by Ambassador Max Baucus

    Today we celebrate International Human Rights Day and commemorate the 66th anniversary of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the United States, we use this day to reflect on the importance of human rights, as outlined in the Universal Declaration. We Americans know from our own national experience that promoting justice and respect for human dignity is difficult, never-ending work. We have made progress. More must be done.  

  • Asst. Secretary Russel Testimony: Evaluating the Impact of the “Umbrella Movement”

    Today’s hearing is timely given the debate taking place in Hong Kong over electoral reforms and the implementation of universal suffrage for the 2017 selection of Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive. I welcome this opportunity to share with the Committee the Administration’s views and response to political developments in Hong Kong, particularly with regard to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s (NPCSC) August 31 decision and the Hong Kong Government’s response to the protests. I would also like to touch on the importance of our relationship with Hong Kong under the “One Country, Two Systems” framework.  

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