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People-to-people exchanges are cornerstone of China-US relations

By Wu Jianmin (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

09:09, February 21, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's five-day visit to the United States since Feb. 13 has caught great attention from international media. The visit has gone well, with two clear messages sent out through the remarks of Xi and U.S. officials as well as the schedule of the visit.

The first message is that it is the common aspiration of the two countries to see a successful visit. Xi's visit came as the bilateral relations were experiencing some difficulties, and thus has great symbolic power. A successful visit will mean improvement rather than deterioration in China-U.S. relations, and an enhancement rather than weakening of bilateral cooperation.

The second message is that the two countries are determined to build and stick to a cooperative partnership on the basis of mutual respect and mutual benefit. A major outcome of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States in January 2011 is that he and U.S. President Barack Obama reached a consensus of building a "cooperative partnership on the basis of mutual respect and mutual benefit." During this visit, Xi and senior U.S. officials reached a new consensus of promoting the healthy development of the China-U.S. cooperative partnership on the basis of mutual respect and mutual benefit

Xi attaches great importance to exchanges between the people of the two countries, and had extensive contacts with the U.S. people during his visit.

Chinese leaders have long attached great importance to people-to-people exchanges, which are the cornerstone of bilateral relations. At present, some 3 million people travel between the two countries each year. This is just a start, as there is huge space for the number to grow.

Expect for official meetings in Washington, Xi also met and communicated with entrepreneurs of the two countries. Entrepreneurs are the most dynamic powers of the two countries' societies and are also elites of the people of the two countries. The relations between them is very significant for the development the two countries' economic cooperation.

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Walkingtreewoman at 2012-02-2261.149.163.*
The people of a country are not the government. It is the government of a country, here the US, that deems mistrust and purpose in helping any country, with the purpose of its becoming a "colony." The US will attack anyone who does believe or follow the ways of the US. Period.
Tony at 2012-02-2271.174.116.*
There are hundreds of CIA operatives currently working in China under various covers, such as professors, joint venture employees and tourists, etc.

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