|Chinese Foreign Minister, U.S. State Secretary meet on bilateral ties, other issues|
China and the United States reached in Washington on Wednesday, March 11 consensus on a wide range of issues, agreeing to further strengthen dialogues and cooperation and make joint efforts to push bilateral ties forward.
The consensus was reached at a meeting between visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton during which they exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual concerns.
During the meeting, Yang said that the China-U.S. relationship is facing a major opportunity of development at a new starting point and the two countries share extensive interests and shoulder important responsibilities for world peace, stability and development.
The Chinese minister, who is here on a five-day working visit, said both sides should, taking the overall situation into consideration with a long-term perspective, work earnestly to implement the important consensus reached between Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.S. President Barack Obama.
The two sides should promote dialogues, exchanges and cooperation in a wide range of areas in accordance with the principles of mutual respect, seeking common ground while maintaining differences, and win-win cooperation, to push bilateral relations forward in a sound and stable manner, Yang added.
Clinton, who paid a successful visit to China last month, said the United States and China should cultivate a positive and cooperative relationship, which is of vital importance not only to the benefit of both peoples but to the world peace and prosperity as well.
She said the U.S. side is willing to work with the Chinese side to deepen and expand cooperation and keep providing impetus for the growth of bilateral relations.
The minister and the secretary agreed to maintain close contacts at high and other levels. Both believed that the proposed meeting between President Hu and President Obama at the financial summit scheduled for early April in London is of great significance to China-U.S. ties at a new phase and the two sides should work together to make elaborated preparation to ensure the success of the meeting.
Yang and Clinton also discussed and agreed on the detailed arrangement on forming a mechanism of China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue.