Chinese president puts forward proposals for further China-US ties

Chinese President Hu Jintao put forward five proposals for promoting the China-US constructive and cooperative ties in his talks with visiting US President George W. Bush in Beijing Sunday.

The momentum of high-level exchanges between the two countries should be maintained firstly, Hu said, suggesting that leaders of the two countries could keep close communication and consultation on bilateral relations and other important issues of common concern by various means.

The two sides should also increase dialogues and exchanges at other levels and boost the friendly exchanges between parliaments of the two countries.

Secondly, he said, China and the United States should make joint efforts to create favorable conditions for further trade and economic cooperation.

The two countries should adhere to the principle of equality, mutual benefit and common development, and expand the spheres of cooperation for a win-win result, Hu said.

They should work to gradually realize trade balance in the process of development and properly handle the friction and problems emerging from trade and economic cooperation through dialogue and consultation.

Responding to Hu's proposal, Bush said that the United States would continue its efforts to achieve stable development in trade with China, which has taken important policies toward market access and intellectual property right protection.

China has scored remarkable achievements in economic development, said Bush, stressing that he did not worry about China's economic development as some other people do, and he welcomes China to play a greater role in pushing forward world economic growth.

In his third proposal, Hu called on the two nations to step up their mutually beneficial cooperation in the sector of energy and strengthen consultation on energy strategies.

Both China and the United States should encourage and support their companies to cooperate in oil and gas exploration and development, while working together to develop clean energy to address energy and environmental challenges, Hu noted.

Hu's fourth proposal was focused on intensified joint efforts for cooperation in the fight against terrorism, nonproliferation and the prevention and control of bird flu.

The Chinese president said the two countries should further the anti-terror cooperation in the principle of mutual benefit,expand the constructive dialogue and cooperation in nonproliferation based on mutual respect and trust, and implement the joint proposal on strengthening bilateral cooperation to prevent and control avian flu as soon as possible.

In his fifth proposal, Hu called on the two countries to increase cultural exchanges, explore ways to establish a mechanism for dialogue and consultation on China-US cultural cooperation.

While calling for joint efforts to give a better play to the Sino-US Joint Working Committee on Cooperation of Science and Technology, Hu urged the concerned departments, research institutes and business communities of the two countries to boost technological cooperation.

Source: Xinhua

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