Hu, Bush pledge all-round development of constructive ties

Chinese President Hu Jintao and US President George W. Bush agreed Beijing Sunday to promote the all-round development of constructive ties between the two countries.

"We're pleased with the recent sound development of Sino-US relations," Hu said when the two presidents met reporters together after their formal talks. "We both believe it's the common aspiration of the two peoples to maintain sustained, healthy and stable development of bilateral ties."

Hu said the two sides have unanimously agreed to treat and handle Sino-US relations from strategic high and from far-sighted perspective, properly settle issues of mutual concern, deepen understanding, expand common ground, enhance mutual trust and promote the overall development of their constructive ties.

Bush also described his conversation with Hu as "constructive".

"The United States and China share opportunities and challenges in the 21st century," he said, adding the relationship between the two countries is an important one. "This trip will make it stronger," he said.

During their formal talks Sunday morning, Bush extended an invitation for Hu to visit the United States next year. "Laura and I look forward to welcoming you and Madame Hu in the White House," he said.

Hu and Bush also made comments on Sino-US trade and economic cooperation and regional and global issues including bird flu prevention and the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Source: Xinhua

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