The response, hand-delivered to them by Chinese Consul General Ma Yuzhen, amounted to a lengthy defense of the government's actions against what Jiang called "a handful of people . . . who whipped up the turmoil."
Ma called Jiang's lengthy letter "a new beginning" in Sino-American relations at a time when the two countries "are undergoing a very difficult period."
Chinese proverbs aside, Cal Poly Prof. Marshall H. Shen said that, although Jiang's letter was "still very much at the level of generalities, I believe it's a new beginning."