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Wen urges cooperation to address trade imbalance with U.S.


13:00, March 14, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks during a press conference after the closing meeting of the Fifth Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 14, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

BEIJING, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Cooperation is the way to address trade imbalance between China and the United States as well as the difficulties and frictions arising from it, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Wednesday.

The United States should open its exports to China and ease related restrictions while promoting two-way investment, Wen said at a press conference right after the parliament's annual session.

"China is prepared to buy more from the United States," said Wen.

"I believe that cooperation between China and the U.S. is always better than confrontation. As long as we continue to move in this right direction, the business ties between China and the U.S. will enjoy sustained and sound growth," he added.

The two countries should create favorable conditions for mutual investment and enhance cooperation in infrastructure construction. China's investment in U.S. infrastructure construction would be a win-win solution to helping boost employment of U.S. workers, Wen said.

Wen also proposed expanding cooperation in high-tech fields, including new energy, new materials, energy conservation and aviation.

Wen pointed out that China's international balance of payments, particularly in trade and goods, is "approaching basic equilibrium," citing figures to say that the current account surplus of China in 2011 only accounted for 2.8 percent of its GDP, below the 3 percent level that is internationally recognized as appropriate.

China recorded a trade deficit of 31.48 billion U.S. dollars in February. The country's annual trade surplus in 2011 narrowed 14.5 percent year-on-year to 155.14 billion U.S. dollars in 2011.

In February, the United States, the nation's second-largest trade partner, replaced the EU as China's largest export market, as monthly sales to the U.S. outnumbered that to the EU.


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wende at 2012-03-1571.255.83.*
US will use every mean to drive China to financial collapse as it did to Japan and will pit against China on arm race to drive China to breakup as it did to USSR. China should always keep on eye on US and always keep one step ahead. Don"t harbor any notion that US welcome China"s rise. That is an illusion that will be costly for China. US wants to be the big brother of the world and will use every means to maintain its hegemony. Every challenger will be beaten, specially if it is a non-white.

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