Chinese President Hu Jintao will pay a state visit to the United States next month, and President George W. Bush will return a visit within this year, said Zhou Wenzhong, Chinese Ambassador to the United States.
Zhou announced the news at a seminar held on August 13 in the Chinese Embassy in the United States to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Chinese people's victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-1945).
August 13 is a very special day in history, Zhou pointed out in his speech. On that day of 1951, Premier Zhou Enlai signed a circular, which set September 3 as the annual and legal commemoration day of the victory against Japanese aggression.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the victory and grand commemorative activities will be staged in China on September 3.
60 years ago Fascist invaders launched a full-scale war of aggression, in which nearly two billion people in more than 60 countries, including China and the United States, were involved.
In China, the entire nation fought a war of life-and-death with Japanese invaders, who committed untold crimes to the Chinese people. The war fought in China is an important part of the world anti-Fascist war at its major theater in the east. The Chinese nation made significant contributions and enormous national sacrifice to the world's victory of the anti-Fascist war.
The Chinese people, during their struggle against Japanese aggression, received all-out support from many other countries including the United States. Chinese and American soldiers fought side by side and as a result built strong ties of friendship.
Today, although the world situation has changed, the two countries still enjoy common interests and basis for cooperation in a wide range of fields such as in safeguarding peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific and the world, promoting regional and global economic development, as well as in combating terrorism, weapon proliferation and cross-border crimes. To maintain and develop China-US constructive cooperative relations is in the fundamental interest of the both peoples as well as peace, stability and development of the Asia-Pacific and the world as a whole.
Talking about China-US relations, Zhou said that the general trend is good and common interest should be placed at first despite some differences. We believe that the constructive cooperative relations could be pushed forward as long as both parties stick to mutual-respect, seek common ground and continue talks, contacts and cooperation.
Not long ago, State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan paid a successful visit to the United States during which he held friendly talks with President Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Treasury Secretary John Snow; vice foreign ministers of both countries conducted the first strategic talks in Beijing; the coming visits of President Hu Jintao and President George W. Bush to each other's country will sure to push forward the bilateral ties.
By People's Daily Online