The People's Republic of China National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 1, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to extend our best wishes and congratulations to the people of The People’s Republic of China as you celebrate your 65th National Day on October 1.

This year also marks the 35th anniversary of U.S-China diplomatic relations. These past 35 years have seen our cooperation expand in remarkable ways. Our continued efforts to confront some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as climate change, the deadly Ebola virus, wildlife trafficking, and nuclear nonproliferation demonstrate that comprehensive cooperation between our countries is indispensable.

Now more than ever, a strong relationship between the United States and China is critical not only for the prosperity of our two countries but also for the world. We have a stake in each other’s success. In this effort, we are aided by the millions of Chinese and Americans who are forging new business, educational, and cultural ties across the Pacific every day. Please accept the wishes of the people of the United States for a joyful National Day.