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Xi's U.S. visit successfully boosts cooperative partnership: FM

(Xinhua)

08:13, February 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's five-day visit to the United States has successfully pushed forward bilateral ties and yielded a variety of fruits, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Friday night.

The Feb.13-17 visit was aimed at further implementing the important consensus reached by Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.S. President Barack Obama last year, and advancing the China-U.S. cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit, said Yang at the end of the visit.

The visit came at the 40th anniversary of former U.S. President Richard Nixon's ground-breaking trip to China, which opened the door for the normalization of China-U.S. relations years later, said Yang, who was accompanying Xi on the visit.

During the visit, Xi traveled to four cities across the United States: Washington D.C. in the east, Muscatine and Des Moines in the midwest, and Los Angeles in the west.

He attended 27 formal events. He met with Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Congress leaders and other senior officials. He addressed several business forums, and visited a farm, a school, as well as his old friends who he acquainted in Iowa 27 years ago.

Yang said the Chinese leader had well interacted with the U.S. side in a comprehensive way. His visit has accomplished the goals of deepening understanding, boosting mutual trust, expanding cooperation and promoting friendship, and therefore turns out to be a success, said Yang.

Yang said the visit gained the following achievements.

First, it has promoted the important consensus that China and the United States should further boost their cooperative partnership.

The two sides agreed that the China-U.S. relationship is one of the most important bilateral relations in the world and that the two nations could be cooperative partners not only at present but also in the whole of the 21th century.

The two sides also stressed the importance of enhancing strategic mutual trust through dialogue.

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