Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Tuesday, November 11, 2003
China, US need to enhance exchanges, cooperation: President Hu
China and the US should enhance their exchanges and cooperation, President Hu Jintao said during a meeting with former US president Bill Clinton Monday in Beijing. Hu said China and US, as the world's two influential powers, share broad common interests despite some differences between them.
China and the United States should enhance their exchanges and cooperation, President Hu Jintao said during a meeting with former US president Bill Clinton in Beijing Monday.
Appreciating the former US president's positive contributions in improving and developing the Sino-US relations, Hu said China and the United States, as the world's two influential powers, share broad common interests despite some differences between them.
He hoped that Clinton would continue to play a positive role inpromoting the Sino-US relations, on the basis of adhering to the three joint communiques between the two nations.
Clinton said he steadfastly supported the establishment of a long-term, US-China partnership, and stands firm for the one-Chinapolicy.
Speaking highly of China's positive efforts in helping resolve the international and regional issues in a peaceful way, Clinton said China's entry into the World Trade Organization is beneficial to both peoples.
Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan was present at the meeting.
Clinton is currently visiting China at the invitation of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs.
Hu urges implementing China-US consensus
In a meeting with Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state of the United States Tuesday, President Hu said that the key point at this moment in the China-US relations is to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries.
The two sides should also properly handle each other's concerns so as to maintain constructive relations of cooperation and push it forward in a continuous way, Hu said.
Hu praised Kissinger for his long-term efforts in promoting theChina-US friendship and for his historical contribution to the normalization of China-US relations.
History and reality have proven that a healthy and stable China-US relationship caters to the fundamental interests of the two peoples and benefits both regional and world peace, stability and development, Hu added.
Kissinger said the US-China relationship, which is currently atthe most constructive period in 30 years, has broad prospects and shows increasing importance.
The US government stands firmly by the one-China policy, he noted, adding that the advancement of the increasingly close US-China cooperative relations is beneficial to the two peoples.
Hu and Kissinger also exchanged their views on international and regional affairs and other issues of common concern.