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Jimmy Carter receives award for role in China-U.S. relations

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Added On June 15, 2019

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been awarded in Washington for his contribution to the China-U.S. diplomatic relationship.
 
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On Wednesday, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was awarded in Washington for his role in the China-U.S. diplomatic relationship by the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations.
 
The award was bestowed on Carter for his "profound contributions to the development of constructive and mutually beneficial relations" between the two countries.
 
At the award ceremony in the Carter Center, speakers looked back at how Carter helped normalize what would be considered the most important bilateral relationship in the world, and reaffirm the importance of this bilateral relationship for the peoples of the two countries, as well as the world, forty years on.
 
SOUNDBITE1(English): CUI TIANKAI, Chinese Ambassador to the US
"The China-U.S. friendship transcends partisanship and indeed a strong stable consensus for its vitality exists in both countries."
 
The ambassador also said the decoupling of China and the United States, which was advocated by some people in the U.S., is dangerous and irresponsible.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): CUI TIANKAI, Chinese Ambassador to the US
"Some are clamoring for a decoupling of the two countries and even a new cold war.These attempts are not only questioning the achievements we have made over the past four decades and challenging the very tangible outcomes of our cooperation, but also putting the future of our relations and the prospects for global stability and prosperity at great risk."
 
Carter, who has been recovering following surgery last month, was not present at the ceremony in person.
 
His son Chip Carter received the award in his place.