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Chinese president ends state visit to United States
President Hu Jintao left Chicago for China on Friday after
concluding a state visit to
the United States, during which he and his U.S. counterpart
Barack Obama agreed to build a China-U.S. cooperative partnership
on mutual respect and mutual benefit.
Hu, who began his four-day visit Tuesday, had extensive and
in-depth discussions with Obama at the White House on Wednesday
on major bilateral, regional and world issues.
The two sides reached "important agreement on China-U.S.
relations and major international and regional issues of shared
interests," the Chinese president said when he and Obama
met the press following their discussions.
"We both agree to further push forward the positive, cooperative
and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship," Hu said, adding
that both sides also pledged to forge "a China-U.S. cooperative
partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit" for
the benefit of the two countries and beyond.
he Chinese president added that he and Obama also discussed
some agreements in the economic and trade area, with both sides
pledging "to continue to appropriately resolve these according
to the principle of mutual respect and consultation on an equal
Also on Wednesday, Hu attended a lavish state dinner and a
welcoming ceremony hosted by Obama.
Hu told the Americans on several occasions in Washington that
the purpose of his visit to the United States was "to increase
mutual trust, enhance friendship, deepen cooperation and advance
the positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship
for the 21st century."
During Hu's visit, the two countries issued the "China-U.S.
Joint Statement," which says that "China and the United
States committed to work together to build a cooperative partnership
based on mutual respect and mutual benefit in order to promote
the common interests of both countries and to address the 21st
century's opportunities and challenges."
"China and the United States are actively cooperating
on a wide range of security, economic, social, energy, and environmental
issues which require deeper bilateral engagement and coordination," the
On Thursday, Hu called upon the U.S. Congress to continue helping
the two countries boost their relations.
Pursuing a healthy and steady development of China-U.S. ties
is China's established policy and strategic choice, Hu stressed
when meeting House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader
Also on Thursday in Washington, Hu delivered an important speech
at the welcoming luncheon hosted by friendly organizations in
the United States.
To advance the sustained, sound and steady development of China-U.S.
relations serves the fundamental interests of peoples of China
and the United States, he said.
"It is also conducive to world peace and development," Hu
said during his speech.
Hu elaborated on the domestic and foreign policies of the Chinese
government and on how to advance China-U.S. relations in the
new era during his speech.
"Working together hand in hand, we will build and develop
a China-U.S. cooperative partnership based on mutual respect
and benefit and deliver greater benefits to the people of our
two countries and the world over," he said.
The Chinese president traveled to Chicago on Thursday afternoon
after concluding activities in the U.S. capital.
In Chicago, Hu met local officials and visited a U.S. high
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