Ni hao. It is such a pleasure and an honor to be here with all of you at this great university, so thank you so much for having me.
Now, before I get started today, on behalf of myself and my husband, I just want to say a very few brief words above Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
As my husband has said, the United States is offering as many resources as possible to assist in the search.
And please know that we are keeping all the families and loved ones of those on this flight in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
Now with that, I want to start by recognizing our new Ambassador to China, Ambassador Baucus, President Wang, Chairman Zhu, Vice President Li, Director Cuelluer, Professor Oi and the Stanford Center, President Sexton from New York University which is an excellent study abroad program in Shanghai, and John Thorton, Director of the Global Leadership Program at Tsinghua University. Thank you all for joining us.
But most of all, I want to thank all of the students who are here today. And I particularly want to thank Eric Schafer and Zhu Xuanhao for that extraordinary English and Chinese introduction.
That was a powerful symbol of everything that I want to talk with you about today.
See, by learning each other’s languages, and by showing such curiosity and respect for each other’s cultures, Mr. Schafer and Ms. Zhu and all of you are building bridges of understanding that will lead to so much more.
And I’m here today because I know that our future depends on connections like these among young people like you across the globe.
That’s why when my husband and I travel abroad, we don't just visit palaces and parliament and meet with heads of state. We also come to schools like this one to meet with students like you.
Because we believe that relationships between nations are not just about relationships between governments or leaders, they’re about relationships between people, particularly young people.
So we view study abroad programs not just as an educational opportunity for students, but