China will continue to seek cooperation with other countries to improve global governance, maintain international order, build peace and stability and promote common development, according to Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai.
"What China seeks in the world is global partnerships, not global dominance," Cui said in a speech at the China General Chamber of Commerce - USA (CGCC) Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog Gala, held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York on Wednesday Jan 17.
"Our aim is to build a new type of international relationship and a community of mankind for a shared future,” Cui said. “As China is getting closer to the center of the world stage, what we want to see is a symphony, rather than a solo."
Cui said a good example of this was the Belt and Road Initiative, which intends to build connectivity across continents "so that more countries would be able to participate in development and benefit from economic globalization."
Cui said of all the partnerships that China has built across the world, the relationship with the US is the most significant and consequential.
"Despite all the differences between us, despite all the ups and downs, our cooperation has been deepening and broadening, bringing real benefits to people of both countries," he said.
For economic and trade relations, Cui said the relationship is mutually beneficial because of growing trade and two-way investment between China and the US.
Stephen A. Schwarzman, the billionaire founder of global private equity firm The Blackstone Group, was honored at the gala as the Goodwill Ambassador for China-US Exchange. Schwarzman founded an international scholarship program at Tsinghua University in 2013 known as the 'Schwarzman Scholars,' aimed at educating future leaders about China. With US$450 million in funding, the program is the single largest philanthropic effort in China's history.
“The China-US relationship will define the 21st Century,” Schwarzman said. "Given the tremendous challenges we face in the global community, our two countries must work together productively in order to build a better world for our citizens and all other citizens around the world.”
HNA Group, a Fortune Global 500 company focused on tourism, logistics and financial services, was awarded “Brand of the Year.” "Relations between China and the US are the most important relations in today's world," said Chen Feng, co-founder and chairman of HNA group. "The leaders of our two nations will continue to enhance our cooperation and devotion to the world's development."
Marc Holliday was recognized as “The Most Influential Real Estate Person of the Year,” for his philosophy, vision and for innovations that have shaped the real estate industry.
Greenland Group, a Fortune Global 500 real estate company with over US$3.5 billion projects in New York and Los Angles, received “Outstanding Community Contribution” Award, for its efforts in fostering economic growth and development in local communities.
More than 500 people from the governments, business communities and think tanks of the two nations attended, including Tung Chee-hwa, honorary chairman of CGCC; Zhang Qiyue, the Chinese consul general in New York; Maurice R. Greenberg, chairman and CEO of CV Starr & Co, and CGCC chairman Xu Chen.