On February 9, 2007, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi was invited to attend and address the dinner held by the visiting delegation of "U.S.-EU-China Dialogue Project".
Yang pointed out that as the largest developing nation, the largest developed nation, and the largest group of developed nations, China, U.S. and EU share broad yet important common interest in safeguarding world peace and promoting common development and shoulder a shared historical mission. Therefore, China, U.S. and EU should, on the basis of equality, mutual respect, and mutually beneficial cooperation, further the relations between each other, strengthen communication and coordination on major regional and international issues, maintain good interaction, and work together with the international community to safeguard world peace and promote common development.
Yang stressed that China, as a responsible member in the international community, will unswervingly pursue a path of peaceful development. This is the inevitable choice made by the Chinese people in light of the development trend of the world and based upon China's historical tradition and present reality. A China that enjoys economic growth, social stability, comfortable eco-environment, and harmonious coexistence with other countries and whose people enjoy happiness will not only benefit the 1.3 billion Chinese people, but also make greater contributions to the world peace and prosperity.
Yang also answered the questions of the delegation concerning the Iranian nuclear issue, the Darfur issue in Sudan, the situation in the Middle East, and the reform of the UN Security Council.
The visiting delegation of "U.S.-EU-China Dialogue Project" was headed by Slocombe, former Under Secretary of Defense of the United States and Chairman of the Atlantic Council, and comprised of more than 10 scholars and ex-government officials from the United States and the European Union. The Project was organized by the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution and the Center for European Reform of the United Kingdom with the aim to enhance the understanding on how China handles the relationship with the United States and the European Union.