News, February 2008
Condy Rice in Beijing: China, U.S. agree to step up constructive, cooperative relations
www.chinaview.cn 2008-02-26 23:01:43
·China and the United States agreed to step up bilateral constructive and cooperative relations. ·President Hu applauded the growth of Sino-U.S. relations in the recent years. ·Rice expressed her appreciation to the efforts China had made to resolve international issues.
BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- China and the United States agreed here on Tuesday to step up bilateral constructive and cooperative relations and handle the bilateral ties "in a long-term and strategic perspective".
The agreement was reached in a meeting between Chinese President Hu Jintao and visiting United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues, such as the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.
Hu applauded the growth of Sino-U.S. relations in the recent years and said the bilateral cooperation and the international coordination in such fields as anti-terrorism, trade, energy and environmental protection, among others, were "effective outcomes".
He spoke positively on the strategic dialogue and strategic economic dialogue mechanism forged between the two nations, highlighting the recent development of exchange and cooperation between the two country's militaries.
"The cooperation arena keeps expanding and the strategic significance of the bilateral ties grow higher and higher."
Hu said 2008 was a highly-important year for China and the United States, proposing the two countries continue to intensify dialogue and cooperation with aim to increase mutual understanding and trust, as well as to address the bilateral issues to their key concerns.
Rice said the two nations shared a solid foundation to foster ties, expressing her appreciation to the efforts China had made to resolve international issues, such as in Darfur.
The United States hopes to see China to continue playing a constructive role in addressing international issues and remaining committed to promoting dialogue and cooperation with China in various fields, Rice said, according to a press release from the Chinese Foreign Ministry after the meeting.
Rice arrived here on Tuesday morning for a two-day visit as a guest of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
President Hu thanks U.S. for assistance during winter disaster
www.chinaview.cn 2008-02-26 20:27:17
BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) --
President Hu Jintao thanked the U.S. people and government for their assistance during China's recent deep freeze.
When meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice here on Tuesday afternoon, Hu extended his sincere gratitude to the United States people and President George W. Bush.
He said the close contact between the leaders of the two countries, as well as the exchange of views on major issues of each other's concern, were important to the development of bilateral relations.
Rice recounted Bush's words as saying "the U.S. people is pleased to do whatever to help people in southern China. This is the evidence of our government's being able to cooperate in a time of extreme circumstance."
The snow havoc, the worst in five decades, and even in a century in a few areas, hit 21 provincial areas. It claimed 129 lives and destroyed 485,000 houses. An estimated 1.66 million people lost their homes and were living in temporary shelters.
The U.S. government donated 150,000 U.S. dollars and the U.S. Defense Department provided disaster-relief materials worth about 820,000 U.S. dollars.
Editor: Sun Yunlong
Premier Wen: Sound U.S. economy, stable dollar benefit world
www.chinaview.cn 2008-02-26 20:40:15
BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) --
The sound development of the U.S. economy and a steady U.S. dollar benefits the United States and the world, said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao here on Tuesday.
Wen, at a meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, said that China was ready to make concerted efforts with the United States to promote world economic growth and maintain the stability of the world financial markets.
Wen said that Sino-U.S. economic and trade relations were mutually beneficial and it was inevitable for problems to occur during rapid development.
China held that disputes should be properly handled through dialogue and consultation and opposed trade protectionism in any form, noted Wen.
He said that China had adopted and would continue positive measures to address concerns of the U.S. side, and it hoped that the U.S. side would further open its markets and lift limits on high-tech exports to China.
Rice said that the U.S. economy was generally good and would soon show steady growth under the stimulus policy.
There was a tendency toward economic nationalism and trade protectionism in the United States, said Rice, adding that U.S. President George W. Bush firmly upheld free and just trade and was committed to promoting U.S.-China economic relations.
She said she hoped that Sino-U.S. strategic economic dialogue could make progress in solving some problems.
Rice arrived here on Tuesday on a two-day visit to China as guest of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
Editor: Sun Yunlong
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