U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte on Monday congratulated the People's Republic of China over her 59th birthday and spoke highly of China's achievements.
"China is a magnificent country with many achievements," he said at a reception at the new chancery of the Chinese Embassy to the United States here to celebrate the 59th anniversary of the founding of the New China.
Negroponte said he was impressed by China's recent accomplishments, including the hosting of the Beijing Olympics and the Shenzhou-7 manned space mission, and he expects China to make new success continuously.
The senior official said the U.S.-China relationship has "come a long way" during the past three decades and two nations have broadened and deepened relations at all levels.
He noted that U.S. President George W. Bush met his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao at several occasions during the past year, and enjoyed a very good time in Beijing when he attended Olympics there this summer.
"Now the two countries not only talk about major international issues, but also jointly solve many problems," said Negroponte.
The U.S. government is looking forward to more cooperation with China, he added.
U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor James Jeffrey also lauded China's achievements in his speech.
China's Ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong said he is looking forward to the upcoming 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States.
He told U.S. guests that as long as both sides always bear in mind their strategic and long-term interests, abide by the three Joint Communiques, respect each other's central interests, increase exchanges, dialogues and cooperation, handle differences appropriately, "we have every reason to expect an even better China-U.S. relationship in the future."
Some 500 representatives from the U.S. government, the Congress, international organizations and foreign diplomatic missions attend the reception.