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克林顿:1998年在西安的演讲

2006-07-07 21:33

  Mayor Feng,Governor Cheng,Secretary Li,Ni Men Hao. Thank you for the key to your city and for this magnificent welcome.Here in this ancient capital,China seems very young to me tonight,blessed with both a proud history and the promise of tomorrow.Xi'an was perhaps the most open and culturally advanced city in the entire world.From this place,trade routes extended through Asia to Europe and Africa.And to this place,great thinkers came,spreading philosophy and new ideas that have contributed to the greatness of China.

  I look forward to seeing the Terracotta Warriors(兵马俑),the old city walls,the Muslim quarter. I look forward to learning more about China's great contributions to the store of human knowledge from medicine and printing,to mathematics and astronomy.Discoveries on which so much of the whole world progress is based.And I want to see more of the new nation you are building on a scale even the emperors could not have foreseen.

  China that gave us printing,now boastss fax machines,computers and cell phones.Xi'an is home to film makers,internet explorers,business people of every description.Here in this city,famous for calligraphy,a new chapter in China's story is being written.

  We Americans admire your accomplishments,your economy,your hard work,creativity and vision,your efforts against hunger and poverty,your work with us on peace and stability in Korea and South Asia.A new day is dawning for the Chinese people.For China's greatness lies as always with its people.

  Our own history has convinced Americans that the greatness of any country is measured in its people,in their shared reverence for family and community,for work and learning,and in their individual thoughts,beliefs,and creativity.

  In this global information age where both economic growth and individual opportunity are based on ideas,a commitment to providing all human beings the opportunity to develop their full potential,is vital to the strength and success of the new China as well.

  As I travel across China ,I hope to learn as much as I can about the Chinese people,your history,and your dreams for the future.And I hope to help the Chinese people understand more of American's history,the lessons the American people have drawn from it,and the dreams we hold for the 21st Century.

  I believe both Chinese and Americans aspire to many of the same things:to provide for our families ,to teach our children,to build our communities,to protect our eath,to shape our own futures and pass brighter possibilities on to our children.

  There may be those here and back in America who wonder whether closer ties and deeper friendship between America and China are good. Clearly the answer is yes.We have a powerful ability to help each other grow.We can learn much from each other.And as two great nations we have a special responsibility to the future of the world.The steps we take over the next week can lead to far greater strides for our people in the years ahead.

  Here in this city of your magnificent history we must always remember that we too are ancestors.Someday our children and their children will ask if we did all we could to build just societies and a more peaceful world.Let our monument be their judgement that we did that.Let our progress include all people with all their differences moving toward a common destiny.Let us give new meaning to the words written in the ancient Book of Rights what you call the LiJi:“When the great way is followed ,all under heaven will be equal.”Xie,Xie.Thank you very much.

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