<quoted text> Second, are you seriously blaming the recession on Clinton?.Bush, the admitted international war criminal, destroyed the greatest economy in the history of man. Not Clinton..
The president invited key lawmakers to the South Lawn of the White House today to witness his signing of the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000, a hard-fought victory for the administration.
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Clinton White House China signing speech 2000 south west lawn
Remarks on Signing Legislation on Permanent Normal Trade Relations With China
Entire transcript …Quote from Clinton Speech signing the China Trade Act causing the recession
Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much, Secretary Albright; Mr. Speaker; Senator Roth; Senator Moynihan; Chairman Archer; Representative Rangel. I thank you all so much for your steadfast leadership in this important cause.
I also want to thank Senator Lott and Senator Daschle in their absence and, indeed, all the Members who are here. And if you would just indulge me in one personal remark, this is probably the largest gathering of Members of Congress anywhere in Washington today, except in the Chambers of the House and Senate.
And I would like to take a moment to pay my respects to the memory of our friend Congressman Bruce Vento, who passed away earlier today, a great teacher, a great Representative, a wonderful human being.
I also want to join the previous speakers in thanking all those who worked so hard on it, Charlene Barshefsky and Gene Sperling, who accompanied her to China, and they worked on this deal until the 11th hour. We knew it would take until the 11th hour. We only hoped by then they wouldn’t be too tired to tell time, so we would be able to finish.
I thank Secretaries Glickman, Summers, and Mineta; and Secretary Slater, Secretary Shalala, who are here, John Podesta and Sandy Berger. I can’t thank Bill Daley and Steve Ricchetti enough for the extraordinary job they did to lead our efforts to secure passage of this initiative, along with Chuck Brain and Mary Beth Cahill.
I want to thank all the State and local officials, the retired officials and business leaders who helped us, and I would like to acknowledge two great champions of trade who I just saw in the audience; just because I’m glad to see them, former Congressman Sam Gibbons and former Congressman and Agriculture Secretary Mike Epsy. Thank you both for being here.
This is a great day for the United States and a hopeful day for the 21st century world. This signing ceremony marks the culmination of efforts begun almost 30 years ago by President Nixon, built on by President Carter, who normalized our relations with China, pursued firmly by Presidents of both parties to normalize tiers with China in ways that preserve our interests and advance our values.
During that time, China has grown more prosperous and more open. As the world economy becomes vastly more complex and interconnected, China’s participation in it, according to the rules of international trade, has only become more important for America, for Asia, and the world. Today we take a major step toward China’s entry into the World Trade Organization and a major step toward answering some of the central challenges of this new century. For trade with China will not only extend our Nation’s unprecedented economic growth, it offers us a chance to help to shape the future of the world’s most populous nation and to reaffirm our own global leadership for peace and prosperity.