PRESIDENT OBAMA’S MEETING IN CHINA, HARMONY DIPLOMACY IN ACTION.
President Obama is a man of vision. He is a rare U.S. president with a diverse ethnic background, who has respect for Asian culture. Besides his own experience in South East Asia, it has recently come to the public that his half brother and sister are both successfully married to Chinese spouses. His speech and fielding of Chinese youths’ questions showed respect and humility for his Chinese host. I am also a great admirer of Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premeir Wen Jiabao for their humility and dedication to serve the Chinese nation and for their advocacy for world harmony. I have confidence that, together, these three dedicated public servants of America and China will steer a promising course to a U.S. – China strategic partnership for a harmonious future.
To quote the November 16, 2009 Xinhua News, President Obama set an example for Harmony Diplomacy in action:
Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that different countries should learn from each other to diversify cultures in the world.
"Each country in this interconnecting world has its own culture, its own history, and its own traditions," Obama said during a dialogue with Chinese students in the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.
"It is very important for the United States not to assume what is good for us is automatically good for somebody else," he said when responding to a question raised by a Shanghai college student about how to promote cultural exchanges between different countries.
Obama said one of the U.S. strengths is the country has a very diverse culture, and has people coming from all around the world. "There is no one definition of what America looks like," he added.
He cited his family as an example of diverse cultures, saying the family is like "the United Nations" as his father was from Kenya, his mother from Kansas of the U.S. Midwest, while his sister was a half-Indonesian married to "a Chinese person from Canada.