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Chinese VP meets Obama, senior US officials on bilateral ties (2)

By Xinhua writers Wu Liming, Qian Tong and Bai Jie (Xinhua)

16:23, February 15, 2012

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) holds talks with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, the United States, Feb. 14, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

In his opening remarks, Obama said his country welcomes the peaceful rise of China.

"I have always emphasized that we welcome China's peaceful rise, that we believe that a strong and prosperous China is one that can help to bring stability and prosperity to the region and to the world," Obama said.

"We have continually tried to move forward on the basis of recognizing that a cooperative relationship based on mutual interest and mutual respect is not only in the interests of the United States and China, but is also in the interest of the region and ... in the interest of the world," he noted.

Earlier on Tuesday, Xi was invited by U.S. Vice President Biden to the White House for talks which lasted more than two hours.

At the talks, Xi said China and the United States should promote "the strategic mutual trust" by respecting each other's core interests and accommodating each other's major concerns.

Xi urged the two sides to treat each other candidly and to enhance dialogue and communication.

Leaders of the two countries should maintain close contact through exchanges of visits, meetings, telephone conversations, letters and other means, and communicate with each other on major and pressing issues regarding China-U.S. relations in a timely manner, he said.

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