1. Niel Bush presenting George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations award to Chip Carter
4. SOUNDBITE (English) James Earl "Chip" Carter III, Son of President Jimmy Carter:
"On behalf of my father and those here at the Carter Center who continue his legacy of advocating for China U.S. relations I would like to thank the George H.W. Bush Foundation for U.S. China relations. My father is grateful to receive this inaugural award for statesmanship."
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the U.S.:
"The China U.S. relationship has brought great benefits to both countries. Its future depends on the strategic guidance of our leaders and the collective wisdom of our two peoples. As President Carter wrote the United States and China need to build their futures together for themselves and for humanity at large."
8. Man taking photo in audience
11. Close of woman in audience
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Neil Bush, George H. W. Bush Foundation, Son of President George H.W. Bush:
"It is a great honor for me to have the opportunity this evening on what would have been my father's ninety fifth birthday. I inherited my father's genetic predisposition to crying so it's your fault there. But anyway, it's it comes from a good place."
Jimmy Carter, the former U.S. president who helped set the China-U.S. diplomatic relationship in motion forty years ago, was recognized for his crucial role in an award ceremony on Wednesday.
The George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations, also known as the Bush China Foundation (BCF), bestowed its inaugural George H. W. Bush Award for Statesmanship in U.S.-China Relations on Carter, saying he made "profound contributions to the development of constructive and mutually beneficial relations" between the two countries.
At the award ceremony held at the Carter Center here, speakers took the opportunity to look back at how Carter helped normalize what would be considered the most important bilateral relationship in the world, and reaffirm the importance of this bilateral relationship for the peoples of the two countries as well as the world forty years on.
Carter, who suffered a fall and underwent subsequent surgery last month, was not present at the ceremony in person. His son Chip Carter received the award in his place.
Chip Carter recalled that normalizing the relationship with China had been a priority for his father going into the presidency, and that an official delegation including Chip Carter was dispatched to China to meet with its top and local officials less than three months into Carter's presidency.
The speakers noted that the statesmanship the two former presidents demonstrated in developing the U.S.-China relationship should be an example for modern-day leaders, as some in Washington are trying to pit the two countries against each other.