CHINA IN HIS EYES
——AN INTERVIEW WITH AIG CHAIRMAN MAURICE GREENBERG
XU: Ok, now, business aside, what's your personal affection towards China and Chinese people and Chinese culture?
GREENBERG: Well, the more I go to china, the more I feel close to China. I go several times a year, part of it was, I think, the five-thousand-year culture is very 2)appealing. And I think we've learned a great deal from Chinese culture, from the beauty, the patience that the Chinese exhibit. We have a lot to learn from China, and I think that's part of what is the attraction of going to china, and I have enjoyed doing business with the people in China. It's been a great experience.
XU: As the main 3)sponsor for this series of culture events, how do you think, this kind of cultural event can create and promote the 4)mutual understanding between the two...
GREENBERG: I think that the cultural exchanges benefits relationships dramatically. It's in the national interests of both our countries that the U.S. and China have a 5)constructive growing relationship with. China and the U.S. will be the two most important countries on this planet. And so it's important that we have a good understanding of each other. And that there's trust and confidence, and a lot of that comes from people, not from politicians, but from people who can appreciate the culture that each country has. You learn from us, we learn from you.
XU: And what, specifically, what shouldthe two peoples learn from each other?
GREENBERG: We learn to appreciate your history, your paintings, your 6)sculptures, your art, your music, your clothes, and you learn from us. We appreciate when those things are exchanged. You understand people better when you understand their culture and their history. If there was no history and no culture, how do you learn from one another? If you go any place in the U.S, you will see Chinese restaurants and you will see Chinese paintings in most museums. So there is an appreciation of Chinese history and culture. You have the oldest culture, a five thousand-year-old culture, we weren't even an 7)afterthought when China was developing this culture and history. So we do have an appreciation of that. And the more American people can be exposed to the Chinese culture, the more you understand the depth of their history and culture, we come to appreciate it better, and that influences political exchanges and political understanding as well. If people understand it better, politicians have to respond to the will of the people, not the other way around.
1) AIG: American International Group，美国国际集团，是一家享有良好声誉的美国保险集团。
2) appealing a. 吸引人的，令人喜欢的
3) sponsor n. 发起人，主办人
4) mutual a.相互的，彼此的
5) constructive a. 建设的，建设性的
6) sculpture n. 雕刻
7) afterthought n.事后聪明，马后炮