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Xi calls on China, US to properly manage differences

 President Xi Jinping on Monday urged China and the United States to properly manage differences and handle sensitive issues at a bilateral high-level dialogue.

Differences between China and the United States are quite normal, Xi said at the joint opening ceremony of the eighth China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) and the seventh China-U.S. High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in Beijing.

As long as the two sides tackle differences and sensitive issues in the principle of mutual respect and equality, the bilateral relations can avoid major disturbance, Xi said, adding that China and the United States should strengthen their mutual trust by regular communication in order to avoid strategic misjudgment.

The Chinese president also called on the two sides to expand mutually-beneficial cooperation, uphold the win-win principle, and raise the level of bilateral cooperation.

He urged both countries to strengthen coordination on their macroeconomic polices, jointly strive for achieving positive outcomes at the G20 Hangzhou summit with all parties concerned, and reach a reciprocal bilateral investment treaty at an early date.

China and the United States should also deepen cooperation in the areas of climate change, development, internet, nonproliferation, military and law enforcement, and enhance communication and coordination on major global and regional issues, Xi added.

Both sides should enhance communications on Asian and Pacific issues, while the broad Pacific should not become an arena for rivalry, but a big platform for inclusive cooperation, he said.

China and the United States have extensive common interests in the region and should maintain frequent dialogues, cooperate more, tackle challenges, and jointly maintain prosperity and stability in the region, rather than "cultivate exclusive circles of friends," Xi said.

He reaffirmed that China pursues neighborhood diplomacy featuring amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, and has always been committed to bolstering peace, stability and development of the Asia-Pacific region.

The S&ED is co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Monday and Tuesday, while Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong co-chairs the CPE with Kerry.


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