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Chinese VP arrives in Washington for visit

(Xinhua)

08:37, February 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived in Washington Monday afternoon, kicking off his official visit to the United States.

Xi made the visit as guest of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

In a written statement issued upon arrival at the airport, Xi said the purpose of his visit is to implement the important consensus reached by President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama during Hu's visit to the United States in January last year and to advance the building of the China-U.S. cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit.

"I have brought with me the sincere greetings of President Hu Jintao and the Chinese people to the American people," he said.

Forty years ago, he said, thanks to the common effort of the older generation of Chinese and American leaders, the door of exchange was reopened between China and the United States, marked by then U.S. President Richard Nixon's visit to China and the issuance of the Shanghai Communique.

"Since then, our relations have moved forward in spite of ups and downs. This has brought enormous benefits to our two countries and two peoples, and has had a positive, far-reaching impact on peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large," he said.


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