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China-US ties take front seat

FORMER United States Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, the first Chinese-American serving in the American cabinet, now eyes a new task: bridging gaps between the US and China.

"I do hope, as I have stepped down now, I will continue to work on China-US relationships. Obviously this is a vital relationship for both countries," said Chao in Beijing yesterday.

Chao served as US Secretary of Labor in the cabinet of President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. Chao was the only cabinet member to serve under Bush for his entire eight-year administration.

She is in Beijing to attend the Global Think Tank Summit, which opened on Thursday night, to discuss remedies for the global financial crisis and the future development of the world economy.

Chao said the relationship between China and the US must move forward, but there were difficulties "because Chinese and American philosophical thinking are so different and cultural gaps are quite large."

"There's no other choice but trying to build better relationship," said Chao.


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