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Xi calls for 'new' type of relations

(China Daily)

08:36, May 28, 2013

President Xi Jinping meets US National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. PHOTO BY Yao Dawei / Xinhua

China and the United States should explore a new type of relationship between major countries, President Xi Jinping said ahead of his summit with US President Barack Obama.

Xi made the remarks when meeting with US National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon, who is on a three-day visit to China to prepare for the summit, scheduled for June 7 and 8.

Beijing is serious in forging a new-type relationship with Washington, while the first step should be building up mutual trust through the summit, senior observers said.

Xi said he and Obama will have comprehensive and in-depth discussions on major strategic issues and Xi expects "important positive results" from the talks.

The summit, set at the private Sunnylands estate of late publishing tycoon Walter Annenberg in southern California, will be their first face-to-face meeting since Xi was elected president.

"The current China-US relationship is at a critical juncture," Xi said, adding that both sides must now "build on past successes and open up new dimensions for the future".

Donilon told Xi that Obama is "firmly committed to building a relationship defined by higher levels of practical cooperation and greater levels of trust, while managing whatever differences and disagreements might arise between us".

Meeting earlier with State Councilor Yang Jiechi, China's senior foreign policy official, Donilon said the summit is a chance for the two presidents to work through problems.

Enhancing relations, increasing trust and transparency, and developing a strong mechanism to manage differences are all important for the construction of a new model for relations between major countries, Donilon said.

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