Top Chinese legislator meets with U.S. president

19:06, November 17, 2009      

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Wu Bangguo, chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on Nov. 17, 2009.(Xinhua/Ju Peng)


Wu Bangguo, chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on Nov. 17, 2009.(Xinhua/Ju Peng)

Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo met visiting U.S. President Barack Obama on bilateral ties Tuesday afternoon.

Wu, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, said Obama, during his visit, had in-depth discussions with Chinese President Hu Jintao on ways to promote bilateral ties and on major issues of common concern.

He believed that Obama's visit would give a strong boost to China-U.S. ties.

Wu asked Obama to pass on his greetings to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and to U.S. Vice President and Senate President Joe Biden. Obama conveyed the regards of Pelosi and Biden to Wu.

Wu said that during his visit to the United States in September, he felt all quarters of life attach great importance to the China-U.S. relationship.

Today's world is experiencing significant changes, he said, adding that China and the United States, with important influence in the world, share extensive interests on major issues concerning peace and development of the humankind, and shoulder vital common responsibilities.

The top legislator said China is willing to make joint efforts with the United States to strengthen dialogue, communication and cooperation for the sustained growth of bilateral relations.

Wu said China's National People's Congress stands ready to increase exchanges with the U.S. Congress to make contributions to China-U.S. friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation.

He also briefed Obama on China's political system reform as well as the progress it has made in promoting democracy and the rule of law.

For his part, Obama described his China visit as a success and said he was really impressive with China's development.

He said he held in-depth and constructive talks with President Hu, and both sides reached much vital consensus, which is of great significance for the future development of U.S.-China ties.

Obama said he was pleased with the progress China has achieved in promoting democracy and the rule of law.

He expressed his hope that dialogue and exchanges between the two countries' legislatures would yield more positive results.

Obama is paying a four-day visit to China starting Sunday, his maiden trip to China since taking office in January. .

Source: Xinhua
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