Dear President Qu:
To my great regret, commitments on Capitol Hill during the current busy legislative season have prevented me from welcoming you to Washington personally as I had hoped to do.
Please let me take this opportunity to send you my warmest greetings on the occasion of your visit and to congratulate you and your colleagues on the great progress you have made with The Johns Hopkins University in developing a Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing. This is one of the most exciting and pioneering educational efforts under way between our two countries. Earlier this week I met with Song Jian, Chairman of the State Science and Technology Commission. He is very optimistic about broadening cooperation between our countries in the science and technology field. He has spoken approvingly to members of my staff of what your university is undertaking and I welcome this development as another strong link in the growing friendship between our countries.
I hope you will enjoy your stay in Washington and, along with your colleagues at the School of Advanced International Studies, continue the excellent progress that has been made so far in making this idea of a new center a reality for years to come.
With best wishes.
Sincerely, George Bush