Chinese president starts state visit to U.S.

08:05, January 19, 2011      

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President Hu Jintao, accompanied by U.S. vice-president Joe Biden, waves at his arrival in Washington D.C. , the United States, on Jan. 18, 2011. Hu Jintao landed here Tuesday for a four-day state visit.

Chinese President Hu Jintao landed in the U.S. capital of Washington Tuesday for a four-day state visit aimed at enhancing the positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship between China and the United States.

"I look forward to having in-depth discussions with President (Barack) Obama on China-U.S. relations and major international and regional issues of shared interest," President Hu said in a statement released upon his arrival at the airport.

He said the purpose of his visit is to enhance mutual trust, promote friendship, deepen cooperation and move forward the positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship for the 21st century.

"I also look forward to meeting American friends from various sectors to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples," he said.

Noting that the international situation is undergoing profound and complex changes, Hu said China and the United States have growing common interests and responsibilities and enjoy broader prospect for cooperation.

Hu said the long-term, sound and steady growth of China-U.S. relations is conducive to the fundamental interests of the Chinese and American peoples and to world peace and development.

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