President Hu's visit to U.S., Brazil boosts co-op: FM

17:27, April 16, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States and Brazil on April 12-15 was "quite successful," Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Thursday.

Yang said Hu's visit fulfilled the goal of broadening consensus, strengthening cooperation and friendship, and seeking common development.

During his four-day visit, President Hu attended the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington and a summit of the BRIC nations -- Brazil, Russia, India and China, in Brasilia, Brazil's capital.

The visit boosted international cooperation on nuclear security, strengthened dialogue and cooperation among the world's emerging markets, and consolidated the friendly ties between China and Latin American countries, said the foreign minister.

President Hu on Tuesday delivered a speech at the Nuclear Security Summit, calling for concerted actions by all countries to enhance nuclear security while stressing the need to properly address the challenge.

He put forward five proposals on ways to strengthen nuclear security in the world, urging all countries to honor their commitments and take due responsibilities by adopting effective measures to secure nuclear materials and facilities, Yang said.

The Chinese top leader called on countries worldwide to consolidate the existing international legal framework on nuclear security, strengthen international cooperation by sharing experience, exchanging information and cooperating on law enforcement, and properly handle the relationship between nuclear security and the peaceful use of nuclear energy, said the minister.

He also stressed the need to help developing countries enhance their capacity to safeguard nuclear security, the minister added.

Yang said that during the BRIC summit, leaders of the four countries exchanged views on major global issues, such as the world economic and financial situation, the reform of the international financial system, climate change and cooperation among the four countries.

During the summit, the Chinese leader urged all parties to address imbalances in the global economic governance structure, continue to promote trade liberalization and facilitation, properly handle trade disputes and reject protectionism, Yang said.

He also called on them to improve the international financial supervisory and regulatory regime, and work for balanced global development.

Yang said that in recent years, mutual political trust between China and Latin America has been growing steadily, and mutually beneficial cooperation and cultural exchanges between the two sides have also expanded.

The two sides have maintained close communication and coordination on international affairs. The China-Latin America relations have shown a sound momentum for growth, said the minister.

During Hu's visit to Brazil, the Chinese president and his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva reached broad consensus on further promoting the China-Brazil strategic partnership, Yang said.

Hu put forward a three-point proposal on advancing the bilateral ties in a sound and rapid manner, including enhancing political mutual trust, promoting the construction of the cooperation mechanism and upgrading strategic cooperation on international affairs.

The two sides also signed the 2010-2014 Joint Action Plan and a number of cooperation documents.

During his four-day visit, President Hu engaged in many bilateral meetings, said the Chinese minister.

Hu and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama met Monday on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.

During the meeting, Hu put forward a five-point proposal on improving China-U.S. relations, saying the two sides should persistently make sure bilateral ties develop in the right direction, respect each other's core interests and major concerns, maintain exchanges at different levels, deepen practical cooperation and strengthen communication and coordination on major international and regional issues.

Obama reiterated Washington's willingness to stick to the one-China policy, respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and its core interests, and address sensitive issues with due care.

The United States also wished to strengthen cooperation with China to seek solutions to global issues such as climate change, counter-terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation, Obama said.

Both sides believe a good China-U.S. relationship serves the common interests of the two countries and contributes to world peace, stability and prosperity, Yang said.

President Hu also met with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.

He met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, South African President Jacob Zuma,and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the BRIC summit.

Hu cut short his Latin American trip due to a devastating earthquake that hit northwest China's Qinghai Province, killing at least 760 people.

He also postponed visits to Venezuela and Chile after his state visit to Brazil, Yang said.

Hu said the Chinese government is emergently mobilizing quake relief efforts. "At this difficult time, I need to return home as soon as possible to be together with my people and participate in the relief work," he said.

The leaders of Venezuela and Chile said they fully undersood and supported Hu's decision to return home earlier, and expressed condolences and sympathy for the heavy casualties China suffered in the quake, Yang said.

Source: Xinhua


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