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Hu Jintao proposes four points to advance China-U.S. ties
Chinese President Hu Jintao on
Monday proposed four points to further advance China-U.S. ties.
"We both stand to gain from a sound China-U.S. relationship,
and lose from confrontation," said Hu, who is to pay a state
visit to the United States from Tuesday to Friday, in a written
interview with reporters from Wall Street Journal and Washington
Post on Monday.
"We should act in the fundamental interests of our two
peoples and uphold the overall interests of world peace and development.
We should rise up to challenges, remove disturbances, work for
shared goals and promote continuous growth of our relations," Hu
The four points the Chinese president reiterated to advance
Sino-American relations are:
"First, we should increase dialogue and contact and enhance
strategic mutual trust. Second, we should abandon the zero-sum
Cold War mentality, view each other's development in an objective
and sensible way, respect each other's choice of development
path, and pursue common development through win-win cooperation," Hu
"Third, we should respect each other's sovereignty, territorial
integrity and development interests and properly address each
other's major concerns. And fourth, we should make constant efforts
to expand our converging interests so that China and the United
States will be partners for cooperation in broader areas," he
Since the beginning of the 21st century, thanks to the concerted
efforts of both sides, China-U.S. relationship has on the whole
enjoyed steady growth, Hu said.
"Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office, we have
maintained close contact through exchange of visits, meetings,
telephone conversations and letters," Hu said.
"We agreed to build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive
China-U.S. relationship for the 21st century and together, we
instituted the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogues mechanism," Hu
"The strategic significance and global impact of China-U.S.
relations have been on the rise," Hu said.
Over the past two years, China and the United States have carried
out practical cooperation in a wide range of areas including
economy and trade, energy, the environment, counter-terrorism,
law enforcement and culture.
The two countries have maintained close contact and coordination
in dealing with major international and regional hotspot issues
and addressing global challenges, such as climate change and
the international financial crisis, Hu said.
China and the United States have major influence in international
affairs and shoulder important responsibilities in upholding
world peace and promoting common development, Hu said.
"Under the new circumstances, the common interests of
our two countries have been growing and areas of cooperation
expanding," Hu said.
Hu said there is great potential for China-U.S. mutually beneficial
cooperation in advancing Asia-Pacific regional cooperation and
in improving global economic governance and promoting sustainable
growth of the world economy.
There is also great potential in expanding cooperation in economy
and trade and in strengthening cooperation in new areas like
new and clean energy, infrastructure development and aviation
and space, Hu said.
Great potential of cooperation also exists between the two
nations in fighting terrorism and in preventing the proliferation
of weapons of mass destruction and in meeting challenges like
natural disasters, food security and major communicable diseases.
"There is no denying that there are some differences and
sensitive issues between us," Hu said.
"Both sides should keep to the right direction in the
development of our relations, increase exchanges, enhance mutual
trust, seek common ground while reserving differences, properly
manage differences and sensitive issues and jointly promote the
long-term, sound and steady development of China-U.S. relations, " he
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