The People's Republic of China National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 27, 2013

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to extend our best wishes and congratulations to the people of China as you celebrate your National Day on October 1.

The relationship between our countries has grown by historic measures since President Nixon’s visit to China forty-one years ago. We have worked together to forge a mature relationship, one that recognizes that economic prosperity is not a zero sum game, that a prosperous China is good for the United States, and a prosperous United States is good for China.

The candid and productive discussions this year at Sunnylands, the Strategic & Economic Dialogue, and the G-20 are meaningful steps in expanding our positive and comprehensive cooperation, including by elevating our shared interest in cooperation on climate change and sustainable energy. Equally important are the strong bonds between our students and scholars, our scientists, and our business communities.

On this 64th National Day, please know that the United States wishes you a joyous holiday celebration with friends and family.

PRN: 2013/1211