Latest News:  

English>>Foreign Affairs

Chinese president meets U.S. secretary of state


10:38, April 14, 2013

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Beijing, capital of China, April 13, 2013. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping on Saturday met with visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss bilateral ties and issues of common concern.

Xi first recalled Kerry's last visit to China as chairman of the U.S. Senate foreign relations committee in May 2009.

Xi described Kerry as a veteran U.S. statesman, adding that he appreciates Kerry's commitment to developing U.S.-China ties.

Kerry is the second U.S. Cabinet member Xi has met since becoming president in March, following U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who visited Beijing in March.

"These meetings have reflected the great importance both China and the United States have placed on bilateral ties," Xi said.

Xi said China-U.S. relations are in a new historic period, referring to the inception of the new governments of both countries.

Xi recalled a telephone discussion with U.S. President Barack Obama on the day Xi was elected, saying they reaffirmed their commitment to developing new China-U.S. relations.

Xi called on both countries to take a strategic and long-term view of China-U.S. relations, carry out dialogue and cooperation in a positive attitude, deal with their differences in the spirit of mutual respect and substantiate their partnership.

"We should blaze a trail for a new type of relations between major powers that features equality, mutual trust, tolerance, mutual learning, cooperation and common prosperity," Xi said.

Xi highlighted the importance of high-level communications, saying he would like to maintain contact with President Obama and calling for the two countries to make the best of China-U.S. strategic and economic dialogues and high-level consultations on people-to-people exchanges.

On the economic front, Xi called for more cooperation in new areas and positive measures that can address mutual concerns and discourage the politicization of economic issues.

Xi said the two countries should observe the three China-U.S. joint communiques, respect each other's core interests, properly tackle differences and protect overall relations from major intervention.

Xi urged the two countries to interact positively in the Asia-Pacific region, step up communication and coordination on regional and international issues and safeguard regional and world peace, stability and prosperity.

Xi said he expects Kerry's visit, his first to China since taking office in February, will maintain momentum for the development of bilateral relations.

"This is obviously a critical time with some very challenging issues," Kerry told Xi. "Issues regarding the Korean peninsula, the challenge of Iran and nuclear weapons, Syria and the Middle East, and economies around the world are in need of a boost."

Kerry said the United States would like to work with China to follow the requests of the presidents of both countries, increase high-level visits and jointly tackle challenges.

Premier Li Keqiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi also spoke with Kerry during his visit.

China is the second leg of Kerry's four-day east Asia tour, which has also taken him to the Republic of Korea. He will fly to Japan on Sunday.

We Recommend:

President Xi plants trees, promotes 'beautiful China'

VP calls for 'Chinese Dream' encouragement

Xi's maiden foreign tour historic, fruitful

'Radical sentiment' threatens ties

Denuclearization on Peninsula

China regrets DPRK nuke facility reopening: FM


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Naval escort taskforce starts visit to Morocco

  2. Venezuela reinforces security for elections

  3. India Gems and Jewellery Fair 2013 held in New Delhi

  4. Beijing's new H7N9 case brings total number to 44

  5. Shops in scenic town back in business

  6. Beijing girl with H7N9 infection in stable condition

  7. Beautiful old stone village - Yuxian

  8. Costumes of Miao ethnic group displayed in Nanning

  9. Speeches and cream on foreign tour

  10. Bird flu takes toll on poultry industry

Most Popular


  1. Survivors say SARS lesson mustn't be forgotten
  2. Chinese takeover not threat: German research
  3. Is strong trade data too good to be true?
  4. Hit film triggers discussion on giving birth abroad
  5. Philanthropists donate less as economy slows
  6. New media trend for Chinese language study in US
  7. Follow-up work needed for yuan's going global
  8. Boao Forum for Asia makes China, world closer
  9. Devoted to a life defending nation
  10. Errors in urbanization must be avoided

What’s happening in China

Bird flu takes toll on poultry industry

  1. Beijing confirms taxi fares to rise
  2. Shanghai seizes 6,000 tonnes of foreign waste
  3. Mother's labor camp lawsuit court hearing begins
  4. War victims' monument targeted by developer
  5. Failed bank robber blames a broken heart