EFEShanghai, China

China's new ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang, has said that the "door" to ties between Beijing and Washington "cannot be closed."

According to the transcript of his statement published Wednesday night (Thursday, Beijing time) by the embassy, Qin assured that the continuing relations between the two powers is "the trend of the world, the call of the times, and the will of the people."

The new envoy from Beijing stressed that China-US relations have "kept moving forward despite twists and turns" over the past half century.

Both countries are "entering a new round of mutual exploration, understanding and adaptation, trying to find a way to get along with each other in the new era," he said.