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Backgrounder: Key words mentioned by President Xi on China-U.S. relations

(Xinhua)    08:58, September 23, 2015

BEIJING, Sept. 23  -- Chinese President Xi Jinping is paying his first state visit since taking office in 2013 to the United States from Tuesday to Friday. The following are some key words mentioned by Xi when he talked about China-U.S. relations:


In a summit in June 2013, Xi and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama charted a clear course for the future development of bilateral ties, agreeing to build a new type of major-country relationship featuring no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.

During Obama's visit to China in November 2014, both leaders identified priority areas in building the new type of bilateral relations.

Prior to his visit, Xi said when meeting with a group of U.S. business leaders and former U.S. officials that China is committed to working with the United States to build a new type of major-country relationship, which if successful would benefit the two peoples as well as world peace and development.


Strategic trust constitutes a cornerstone for the "tower" of the new model (of major-country relationship), Xi said when meeting with Obama's national security advisor, Susan Rice, in September 2014.

"How the United States and China perceive each other's strategic intentions will directly affect their policies and relations," Xi said in his speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the sixth round of China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue and the fifth round of High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange in July 2014.

"China and the United States should increase dialogue, enhance mutual understanding and respect and take care of each other's core interests and major concerns to appropriately address disputes and reduce friction," he said.


In a meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in March 2013, Xi referred to the economic ties between the two nations as "a ballast stone" with a nature of mutual benefits, urging the two nations to objectively view each other's development stages, respect each other's interests for further development and regard the other party's opportunity and challenges as its own.

When meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in April 2013, Xi called for more economic cooperation in new areas and positive measures that can address mutual concerns and discourage the politicization of economic issues.


On regional interaction, Xi said the Asia-Pacific has enough room for both countries to coexist peacefully.

Xi urged the two countries to improve collaboration in the Asia-Pacific, have positive interactions, encourage inclusive diplomacy and work for regional peace, stability and prosperity.

"As long as the two sides follow the spirit of mutual respect, openness and tolerance, China and the United States will be able to achieve more in the Asia-Pacific region and to turn the Pacific into an ocean of peace and cooperation," Xi said in a phone conversation with Obama in March 2013.


In his talks with Obama in November 2014, Xi proposed "a new type of military relations" that suits the new type of major-country relationship between China and the United States.

Xi said defense departments of the two countries have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) on establishing a mutual reporting mechanism on major military operations and a code of safe conduct on naval and air military encounter.

The two militaries should deepen exchanges, mutual trust and cooperation based on the two MOUs, he said.

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