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Chinese VP meets Obama, senior US officials on bilateral ties

By Xinhua writers Wu Liming, Qian Tong and Bai Jie (Xinhua)

16:19, February 15, 2012

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, the United States, Feb. 14, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping held meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama, his counterpart Joe Biden and other senior U.S. officials here on Tuesday.

Xi and the U.S. leaders vowed to grasp opportunities and overcome difficulties, and to further promote the China-U.S. cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit.

During his meeting with Obama, Xi, who handed over a letter from Chinese President Hu Jintao to Obama, said his visit was aimed at implementing the important consensus reached by the presidents of the two countries on promotion of bilateral ties.

Xi said he would seek to build consensus, deepen the friendship and communicate with people from various walks of life in the United States.

Xi reiterated Beijing's position on the Taiwan issue, urging Washington to adhere to the spirit of the three joint communiques underpinning China-U.S. relations.

He also called on the U.S. side to safeguard, with concrete actions, the peaceful development of ties across the Taiwan Strait and the overall development of China-U.S. relations.

Receiving Xi in the Oval Office, Obama reiterated Washington's adherence to the one-China policy based on the three joint communiques, according to a press release.

The United States does not support any calls for "Taiwan independence," Obama said, adding that his country wants to see the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

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